The origin of OSI Group

OSI Group is a food processing company. It is a multinational which has its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. The company is currently supplying its products in 17 countries different continents. It has also built 65 production plants to process the food products. One of the major developments which have taken place in this company is the expansion program that the management has been following. They are determined to take the operations of the company to all parts of the company. Since the 1980s, OSI Group has been consistently moving from one level of business to another. The management led by CEO Sheldon Lavin and President David McDonald has been running the business with commitment and drive to accomplish success.

OSI Group has been in the industry for the past one century. It was established in 1909 by a German immigrant known as Otto Kolschowsky. It started as a butcher shop for supplying the local community. It later developed into a wholesale business which was supplying the whole of Chicago. It even changed its original location and moved to a spacious area where they could carry out the business operations better. In 1928, the butcher shop was renamed, Otto & Sons. The name OSI would come later as the business changed to a limited company. The butcher shop would change its business operation after it was contracted by the McDonald to supply hamburgers. This was the breakthrough that the company had.

After the business agreement with the McDonald’s, the business was under pressure to meet the high demands of the McDonalds which was growing rapidly all over the country and internationally. In 193, OSI Group, then known as Otto & Sons built its first food production company so that it could meet the needs of the McDonalds. The plant was built with the best technology at the time to facilitate preservation of the food products they were supplying.

Since McDonald’s had opened many branches all over the country, OSI Group needed to process products which could be moved for long distances. Otto & Sons decided to concentrate on supplying the McDonald’s, and the other parts of the business that were not dealing with the McDonald’s was re-branded to Glenmark. Otto & Sons was picked from over hundred suppliers of the McDonald’s to become one of the four main suppliers of the business when McDonald’s decided to centralize the business operations.