How Otto & Sons Ltd., Transformed into the Billion-Dollar OSI Group

In the early nineteen hundreds, America was undergoing an economic renaissance of near-epic proportion. The economic prosperity was and still is, fueled by the arrival of immigrants from all over the globe to the US. One such immigrant family that came to the USA with a tunnel vision were the Kolschowskys. The patriarch of this German descended family was called Otto Kolschowsky and together with the wife and the kids they successfully opened a small meat trading store in one of the emerging suburbs in the state of Chicago. Barely three decades into the meat business, had that once small outlet transformed into a regionally recognized entity bearing the name, Otto & Sons.

McDonald’s

In the early-to-mid-1950s, America welcomed a hotel franchise business called McDonald’s. Very few people, save for maybe luminary business minds like Otto Kolschowsky recognized the remarkable opportunity and joined forces with McDonald’s. The CEO of McDonald’s met up with the leader of Otto & Sons in the most formal meeting ever. By then, McDonald’s had just broken ground on its premier store in Des Plaines, Illinois.

New Preservation Method

The first meet up with the leaders of these globally acclaimed companies culminated in a simple handshake, but the strong professional relationship forged that day would endure the coming decades to this very day. OSI’s meteoric rise to the top of the fast food franchise business was catalyzed by the company’s invention of a new and more effective method of preserving processed meat and meat products. Fast track to the 1970’s and the quality meat retailing establishment rebranded and it was now called, OSI Group of Industries.

Forbes Listing

OSI Group of Industries built up a behemoth supply network consisting of close to 200 independent and verified suppliers. With time, the quality meat company diversified their clientele portfolio to include other emerging restaurants and hotels in the state and elsewhere as well. Towards the turn of the millennium, OSI Industries acquired full rights for the Glenmark trade name. Such moves would ultimately propel OSI Industries to become the 136th most profitable and valuable private American company.

Sword of Honour Award

Today, OSI Industries has a strong valuation of $6.1+ billion and it’s expanded operations to far places like mainland China, Eastern, and Western Europe and in the lucrative Asian Pacific region. OSI’s outstanding track record and service performance have won the OSI Group fans and customers all over the planet. For instance, OSI walked away with two top awards at the 2015 British Safety Council (BSC) awards. OSI Industries scooped the coveted Sword of Honour award for their innovative measures to enhance the overall safety and wellness of their ever-growing clientele.

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