OSI Industries Celebrates A Century of Leadership and Innovation, and Its Just The Beginning

OSI Industries is the global brand leader for foodservice products catering to the chain restaurant and wide-scale food distribution industries. Starting out as a small butcher’s shop owned and operated by Otto Kolschowsky in the Oak Park neighborhood of Chicago’s West Side, OSI Industries has for over a century continued to grow and expand into the major corporate entity that it is today. Otto Kolschowsky was a simple man living in the majority German Oak park area at the turn of the 20th century. Being from a long line of Kolschowsky men who practiced the trade of butchering going back eight generations. He knew that the highly active meat packing and processing market of the upper Midwest at that time was ripe for him to take advantage of. He wasn’t looking to change the world, he was looking to make a living for himself and his family, to carve out his own path to living the family dream.

It didn’t take long for his high-quality products, his warm and charming personality, and his fair business practices to get the attention of a wide range of customers from housewives in the neighborhood to the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in the city who all wanted to have Otto’s meat in their kitchen. Someone else wanted to get Otto’s meat into their kitchen as well, Ronald McDonald. The company had already grown many times and was now named Otto & Sons Meats when the expansion team from McDonald’s came calling. The rapid boom of “burger joints” across the country and the fact that Americans of all ages and backgrounds could not get enough of the tasty treats being served under the golden arches, meant that McDonald’s needed a ready supply of high-quality ground beef in all of their regional markets. The development of the relationship between Otto & Sons and McDonald’s was the start of, as they say, “a beautiful friendship”.

Over the years, both entities have grown strong thanks to the brand recognition and quality of the other. Today OSI Industries works not only with McDonald’s, still their biggest client, but also with hundreds of other outlets and supply chain distributors to provide high-quality proteins, protein alternatives, protein substitutes, and other food products to customers all over the world. The company currently employs more than 20,000 people directly at their 65 facilities in 17 countries. OSI Industries operates, to some extent, in every major economic center on all six inhabited continents. More expansion is planned in coming years which will further add to the company’s market reach around the globe. It has been quite a journey over the last century for OSI, and with the plans and leadership that the firm has in place, this is sure to be just the start of another hundred years of quality, value, growth, and innovation.

Businessman Vinod Gupta

Vinod Gupta was born and brought up in Rampur Mahyaran, India. Vinod Gupta is a nationally recognized entrepreneur and business person with over forty-year experience in the finance sector. He has previously worked for various companies across the United States of America and even abroad. Vinod has been serving as a General Partner of the Everest Capital Partners, Inc. at Omaha, Nebraska for several years now. In his academic journey, Vinod showed great abilities and got recognized for it. In 1962, he was awarded admission to the great Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur) as a result of his considerable talents in high school level.

 

At the college, Vinod Gupta took classes in Agricultural Engineering for five years which formed the basis for his future academic and career pursuits. In May 1967, Vinod graduated from college with a Bachelor’s degree in Technology and decided to relocate to the United States of America where he settled in Lincoln, Nebraska. Here he took his master’s degree classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln beginning from August 1968 through May 1971. He studied engineering and business management in the university and was very determined to accomplish his goals in life. In 1969. Through hard work and devotion of time and energy in his studies, Vinod was awarded a master’s degree in engineering which was followed by accreditation of Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1971 from the same University. After that, Vinod was now set to start his career where he began as a Marketing Research Manager at Commodore Corporation, Omaha. See This Article for additional information.

 

Commodore Corporation was at the time a mobile home manufacturer, and it was while working at the company that Vinod realized that data and database management and creating a list of all the mobile device users across America. He used the four thousand eight hundred Yellow Pages directories that were available at the time to generate the record that the company encouraged him to sell to other companies which gave rise to the Business Research Services & American Business Lists in 1972.

 

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