OSI Group is an international brand that has brought many innovations to food manufacturing. It has plants in the Americas, Asia-Pacific and Europe. OSI continues to demonstrate the kind of business policies that make it the leader in its field. The company has been awarded top honors from major organizations such as the British Safety Council for its overall practices throughout the organization. OSI Group is proud of the fact that it hires employees that want to spend their careers with the organization.
OSI has its roots in very humble beginnings. It began as a family-owned business in the 1900s. Otto Kolschowsky founded Otto and Sons as a meat market and began to do business throughout the region. They eventually became well-respected and dependent upon for quality product from a variety of food organizations in the area.
By the 1950s the original founder was settling into retirement and his sons had taken over the business. They developed a relationship with the McDonald’s Corporation. This business arrangement changed the meat processing business for ever, and put Otto and Sons on the map as an international enterprise.
Otto and Sons were presented with the opportunity to be the exclusive provider of meat to McDonald’s. McDonald’s was a national company that was beginning to spread globally. This was a tremendous business proposition. However, Otto and Sons did not have the funding to build a plant necessary to handle such a responsibility. The family teamed with Sheldon Lavin and proceeded to build the most innovative food processing plants in the industry at that time. They introduced the meat patty cutting machine and cryogenic freezing chambers, which helped McDonald’s cater to the huge consumer base that it had accumulated.
Otto and Sons became known as OSI Group a short time later and began to make worldwide business investments. The company continues to push for growth as it did in the early days. It is a model for excellence in food manufacturing.
OSI Group made acquisitions of Baho Foods, Flagship Food Group and local food processor Tyson Foods. Each of these purchases gives OSI Group the added reach it needs to open doors for its employees and provide clients with the best possible service.
OSI Group has been ranked as high as 58th on the Forbes wealthiest privately owned companies list. The organization shows no signs of slowing down. It implements hiring practices that bring in the best talent from around the world and continues to make award-winning business moves within the industry.
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