OSI Industries prides itself in top notch food production and distribution coming from over a century of success. Whenever you visit a restaurant like McDonald’s or Burger King, there’s a good chance the food you ate was made and shipped by OSI Industries since they’ve been one of the main suppliers to these fast food restaurants. They have a variety of clients from small supermarket owners to major franchise corporations that order raw or already prepared foods from OSI Industries, and foods they serve include poultry specials like crispy tenders and chicken nuggets, steaks, already made pizzas, sub sandwiches and sides to go with them like fries and vegetables. OSI Industries has many operations that make its food products top quality from its processing departments to its food engineering and research and development centers.
When OSI Industries began, it was a small butcher shop in a quaint neighborhood of Chicago owned by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. The Kolschowsky’s valued this butcher shop greatly and kept it open all the way through the Great Depression and soon built it into a big local processing plant. They named this family company of theirs Otto & Sons and it grew in the amount of customers it served. It’s first major client was McDonald’s who chose Otto & Sons to supply its burgers, but this also meant that Otto & Sons was going to need to start more plants so that they could meet the extra demands of the new big fast food chain. Sheldon Lavin then came to Otto & Sons and helped obtain loans and other financing deals, and in time he became the company CEO.
After the Kolschowsky sons officially retired from the business and Lavin and President David McDonald took control of the company, Otto & Sons became OSI Industries and opened its first foreign operating center in Germany. From there it was just a matter of time until it reached around the globe from the UK to China, and today it holds 50 plants in 17 countries. OSI Industries may operate globally, but it doesn’t dictate things from a big central headquarters in Chicago. For each company they acquire, they still usually give that company a lot of independence and supply extra resources to them, and also they give currently employed managers and plant workers precedence in job retention. OSI Industries has accomplished so much in worker safety including being honored by the British Safety Council with the Globe of Honour, and their philanthropic wing staunchly backs the Ronald McDonald House Charities.