The OSI Group has facilities in over 17 countries and employs roughly 20,000 people. However, the company started from humble beginnings. It all started in 1909 when a small butcher and meat shop was opend in Chicago by Otto Kolschowsky. He conducted a quality business and because of that by the end of WWI he was able to expand into the world of wholesale. The OSI Group has continued to be an example of success ever since.
The opening of the first McDonalds by Ray Krok adds to the rich history of the OSI Group. Krok and Arthur and Harry Kolschowsky, Otto’s sons, agreed that the OSI Group would supply the first McDonalds with ground beef. As McDonalds took off, it became the top priority for OSI Group to adequately supply quality ground beef for the ever-increasing number of McDonalds restaurants.
With the development of flash freezing in the 1960’s, the relationship between OSI Group and McDonalds became even closer. This process allowed the ground beef to be frozen almost immediately with the use of liquid nitrogen. This process not only keeps the meat fresh, but also reduces the costs associate with meat production. Nearly a decade later, OSI Group determined that it was necessary for them to build a plant solely dedicated to producing for McDonalds. The plant had the latest technologies that allowed flash freezing to easily take place.
As Harry and Arthur Kolschowsky reached retirement years they asked Sheldon Lavin to join the company as a partner. Prior to becoming a partner Sheldon Lavin played a key role as an investment consultant for the company. As McDonalds continued to grow, so did the OSI group. This massive expansion of the company internationally required knowledge in capitalization and negotiating; because of this, Sheldon Lavin was named the chairman and CEO of the company.
As it stands, OSI is one of the biggest food providers in the world and was built, in part, by joint ventures. A joint venture with K&K Foods in Taiwan was the start of OSI Asia-Pacific; and the joint venture with GenOSI established the company in the Philippines. Shortly after, the company expanded to China when it entered a joint venture with Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise in 1992. While all this international expansion was happening, growth was continued in the United States.
To this day, the OSI group continues to expand and grow on an international level. In 2016, the OSI Group opened a regional office in Germany. Additionally, the OSI Group opened two Culinary Innovation Centers, one in Illinois, the other in China. The company has seen growth since it was created in 1909 and will continue to see growth for years to come.
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