The OSI Group: An American Success Story

The OSI Group is an American success story. Started in 1909 as a family meat market located in Oak Park, Illinois, the company grew to become the world’s 58th largest company with assets in excess of $6.1 billion.

The OSI Group’s founder, German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky, developed a reputation for consistently providing quality meat. That led to him landing a deal to provide McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc with ground beef patties for his stores. The company, then called Otto & Sons, also supplied area supermarkets and restaurants with processed and specialty meats. In 1975 its name was changed to OSI Industries.

Today the OSI Group produces products like dough, meat patties, bacon, fish, poultry, pork and vegetable products to retail and food service customers all over the world. It has food processing facilities in 17 countries and provides meat for Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Subway, Starbucks and other western fast food chains doing business in China. The OSI Group also produces and co-packs numerous private label food brands for its wide variety of customers. The company has won numerous awards for its management practices and the quality of the products and services it provides.

With over 65 processing facilities throughout Eastern and Western Europe, the Asia-Pacific region and North America, the OSI Group is now among the world’s leading companies when it comes to providing processed meat products for the food service industry. OSI Group has its international headquarters located in Aurora, Illinois but has a worldwide impact on the industry. A major milestone in its rise was the purchase of cryogenic food processing technology in the 1960s that used liquid nitrogen to preserve fresh food through freezing. It then opened a West Chicago based high-volume meat processing plant in 1973.

Two year after opening its West Chicago plant Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Industries and began its rise to being among the world’s largest meat processors. The company also created the Glenmark brand to handle supplying Illinois-based supermarkets and restaurants with specialty meats and its non-McDonald’s business including small local projects. It’s indeed a quintessential American success story.