OSI Industries has a connected network of meat processing plants and logistics outlets spread around the US and its global partners. Their central operations in Chicago now have even more strength because they now own a former Tyson Foods plant that was going to be closed. Tyson Foods had felt the plant was no longer necessary for their own interests, and OSI Industries felt their other two Chicago plants could now do even more in terms of Midwest operations. They also were happy to keep over 100 workers employed who were facing the stress of losing their jobs. The very same year the Tyson plant was bought out, OSI also added Baho Food and Flagship Food’s European subsidiary to their portfolio.
Otto Kolschowsky is the person who OSI was essentially founded under. He moved to the Chicago area at the turn of the 20th century and started making a living butchering and selling locally-raised livestock. From a small home shop to a high activity commercial market center, Kolschowsky turned his trade into a company he named Otto & Sons. He passed ownership down to his two sons who picked up more clients over the years leading to becoming the sole provider for McDonald’s Corporation.
The joint effort between Otto & Sons and McDonald’s brought about the hiring of consultant Sheldon Lavin. Lavin became the officer tasked with helping the company get bank loans, and the first big factory they built with massive assembly lines, heating and cooling units and other high tech machinery was finished in the early 1970s. Lavin turned the loans and investments into high sales, and as McDonald’s started growing into a nationwide and international chain, Otto & Sons followed them. As they became bigger, Lavin and the other owners felt they should be renamed to OSI Industries and more
OSI Industries is a meat first wholesale company, but they now include several vegetable, fruit and baked foods in their line. Their line of foods includes the burgers and sandwich meats you can find at McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Subway, but they also package frozen foods and taco-based products. OSI considers itself to be a company that gives it’s employees and lower managers a say in how things are done, and they like to make sure their company accommodates employees for long-term employment and gives them an opportunity to move up in the ranks. They’re currently number 10 in world’s largest meat providers.