The Growth of OSI Group

OSI Group is the largest food processing company in the world. It has its headquarters in a place called Aurora, Illinois. The company has been in existence for over a century. It was set up in 1909 by a German immigrant living in Chicago known as Otto Kolschowsky. It is one of the biggest private companies in the United States according to a report done by Forbes. It is ranked number 58 among the private companies operating in the country. With sales of over $6.1 billion every year, it deserves a spot on the list of the very best. It is currently operating in 17 countries and has set up operations in many other nations through subsidiaries. It has built 65 plants all over the world to meet the huge demand for its products.

OSI Group Started as a butcher shop in Chicago, but over the years it gains ground rapidly developing into a family wholesale business. It was renamed Otto & Sons a name to retained for about decades until the 1970s when it was renamed OSI Industries. The growth of the company was propelled by the rise of food chain restaurants such as the McDonald’s. In fact, it is the McDonalds which led to the growth of this company. When McDonald’s was created, it entered into an agreement with Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons would supply hamburgers to the restaurants that it was opening in different parts of the country.

The concept of McDonald’s franchise gained momentum very fast, and in a matter of few years, the company was spreading wing to almost every state in the country. There was pressure on the companies supplying them, OSI group included to match up to the expansion. They were also required to find means of transporting food products over long distances. This development finally led to the creation of the first food production plant by OSI Group. It was established in Chicago and was used to supply McDonald’s only. In fact, they divided the business into two. OSI Group became the side that was supplying food to McDonald’s while the other was given a different brand name so that it could serve other markets.

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