OSI Group Brief History

OSI Group is one of the leading manufacturers of food products in the world. This United States based company has had a rapid rise following its creation as a small firm to be a market leader in the industry. Currently, the company has provided employment opportunities to more than 20, 000 employees. The firm’s facilities have also grown immensely to 65 from few ones in the United States. Today, OSI Group also has other facilities in 17 countries, and there are plans to increase them further. This meteoric rise of the firm is one of the economic highlights of the century.

Brief History

Otto Kolschowsky was among the numerous immigrants who entered the country and settled at Illinois at the beginning of the 20th century. At this period, a considerable number of German immigrants occupied Chicago. Most of these people came into the country with the aim of creating farms. The city was alive with several industries being started at the time.

After staying in the United States for two years, Otto Kolschowsky identified a business gap that he could fill. Otto Kolschowsky decided to open a small butchery that would supply the locals with meat on a retail basis. Little did he know that this was going to become one of the largest companies in the industry with time. After ten years in business, Otto Kolschowsky felt the urge to expand his business that was now thriving than he had initially projected. He decided to become a wholesaler as many other people were ready to buy meat from him in large amounts. This expansion led him to relocate to Maywood in search of space.

After another ten years, the firm had now superseded the initial projections in entirety. As it was the trend with other immigrants who started businesses in the country, Otto Kolschowsky rebranded the firm to Otto and Sons. This renaming took place in 1928. The business continued thriving and even after World War II. Following the end of the war, many companies sprouted in the country. One such firm was McDonald’s restaurant that is today one of the largest food businesses operating on a franchising model. Otto Kolschowsky’s sons entered into a merger to be supplying the firm with meat. This was the beginning of an association that has stood the test of time. Today the two companies are large firms thanks to their insightful merger that happened many years ago. OSI Food Solutions UK awarded 2016 Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council.

Otto and Sons later rebranded the company to OSI group, and the firm has been operating under this name since then.

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