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.