OSI Industries: Form a Butcher Shop to Meat Market of the World
OSI Industries is a global leader in the protein generation and supply sector serving foodservice distribution and restaurant industry supply chains all over the world. The company has recently celebrated a century of success, growth, and innovation and in in the middle of a historical expansion period, which will further increase its market presence and customer reach. The company operates 65 facilities in 17 countries with more facilities and further expansion into new international markets planned over the next five years. Directly OSI Industries employees more than 20,000 people with a few thousand more employed indirectly at its own upstream supply chain providers and its relationship dependent business partners. The OSI Industries of today has come a long way from its humble roots and is now the primary corporate entity in its sector.OSI started out as a simple one-man operation. Otto Kolschowsky opened a small corner butcher shop, not unlike thousands of others just like it in small urban neighborhood in major cities around the country at the turn of the 20th century.
For Otto, however, it was the truest embodiment of the old adage of being in the right place at the right time and doing the right thing that would lead to his shop growing into the multi-billion dollars annual revue generating international conglomerate that it is today. In Chicago at the in early 1900’s the meat packing and butchering industry was king, and being the latest member of a long line of butchering men in the Kolschowsky line, Otto had the kills to take advantage. His reputation grew quickly and so did his business, being expanded several times and even having to reorganize to include wholesale division. When his sons joined him a rebranding took place and Otto’s Meats became Otto & Sons. This was still not the greatest advancement to the business that was to be, that would come from someone else entirely, a clown in fact. Around the same time that Otto & Sons was enjoying its highest point thus far of its success, the franchise burger stand craze was sweeping the country. The forerunner of that tidal wave of burgers, fries, shakes, and malts was undeniable McDonalds.
Roy Kroc’s little burger stand had grown into a cultural phenomenon, and as they opened more and more restaurant, welcoming an ever-expanding system of franchise owners into the McDonalds family, they needed protein suppliers of the highest quality in the local regional markets. IN the upper Midwest that meant Otto & Sons. After a successful relationship of more than 25 years Otto & Sons, now known as OSI Industries found themselves being in the enviable position of occupying the slot of sole protein provider to the McDonalds restaurant system in more than 80% of its global markets. This led other food service providers to want to enjoy the same level of quality and service that McDonald’s had long been the recipient of and once again OSI started to grow. Today the company that started out as a one-man operation, run by an immigrant trying to make a living for his family and live the American dream, is the foremost innovator and most recognizable entity in the protein source sector. With new products, new operational methods, and more expansion on the horizon, it’s is certain that OSI has positioned itself to be the world’s meat market for many more generations to come.