OSI Industries is among the food processing companies that have been present for more than a century. The company was established in 1909 in the state of Illinois by Otto Kolschowsky. Since many German immigrants saw it fit to settle in Illinois during the early 20th century, they had to indulge in income-generating revenues. Immigrants such as Otto Kolschowsky ventured into the food business specifically the meat production market. Through passion and resilience, Otto Kolschowsky enhanced the growth of his OSI Industries from a retail enterprise to a renowned food processing company. The growth process was gradual, and Otto Kolschowsky never gave up despite the challenges that faced his business throughout the years of operation.
As the butcher shop grew, Otto Kolschowsky sought help from his sons- Arthur and Harry. After they became a part of the business, the company was accorded the name, Otto & Sons. By working together with his sons, OSI Industries grew further, and business corporations also sought the services of Otto & Sons. Ray Kroc came up with the McDonalds restaurants after consulting Otto & Sons since he had to ensure that he had a trusted supplier of meat products before venturing into the food industry.
By signing an agreement with the McDonalds restaurant, OSI Industries witnessed a positive streak of growth. As the main supplier of meat products to the McDonalds restaurant, Otto & Sons was able to amass huge profits that propelled the growth of the organization. Although the McDonalds growth rate posed a challenge to OSI Group, finding a solution to each challenge brought the corporation a step further to becoming a leader in the food production sector. For instance, Otto & Sons had to find a solution that would allow them to transport freshly ground beef to the McDonalds restaurants that were not close to their plants. Otto & Sons came across cryogenic freezing which entailed using liquid nitrogen as a food preservative.
During the 1970s, Otto & Sons went on with the company’s expansion. Despite the financial challenges that they were facing, Sheldon Lavin was able to help them find financing from various financial institutions. The sons of Otto were approaching their retirement age, and they felt that Sheldon Lavin was the most suitable person to serve as an executive within the company. Before appointing Sheldon Lavin as the CEO, they renamed the corporation into OSI Group.