OSI Industries, also known as OSI Group, was founded by a German immigrant by the name of Otto Kolschowsky, who in the early part of the 20th century opened up a family-owned meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. Known back then as simply Otto and Sons, the wholesale meat business was later relocated to a suburb in Chicago. Since then, the company has seen a great deal of expansion, and it now has factories in Iowa, Wisconsin, Utah, and Oakland and Riverside, California.
In 2011, OSI Group was listed in Forbes magazine as one of the country’s largest independent companies with a revenue of $3 billion a year, and in 2016, it was also on the Forbes list, where it was ranked at number 58, with an annual income of $6.1 billion. It has more than 65 processing facilities in 17 countries, some in parts of Europe, and some in the Pacific region of Asia.
The business supplies meat products to restaurants like McDonald’s, Subway, Starbucks, Papa John’s Pizza and Pizza Hut. The meats they provide include beef patties, hot dogs, pizza, fish, bacon, poultry, breakfast sausage and pork. They also supply non-meat items such as vegetables and dough, and some of the company’s products are delivered already cooked or baked. They offer private label brand foods, as well as major brand name food items, and will co-pack some of their products.
More than 20,000 employees are in OSI Group’s manufacturing facilities, some of them being former employees of Tyson Food plant that was purchased for over $7 million by OSI in 2016. The workers were offered jobs at the newly acquired factory shortly after it was acquired by the company.
OSI Group is headquartered in Illinois, and its Chairman, CEO and CFO is Sheldon Lavin, who was presented with a Global Visionary Award in February of 2016 because of the fact that the company has continued to see steady financial growth over the years. When given the award, the CEO expressed how honored and humbled he felt by it, and he stated that he hopes the company continues to see a lot of profitable growth.
The high quality food providing company also has a stake in European food businesses like Baho Foods in Germany, and its acquisition of the Flagship Food Group, which is located in the United Kingdom, helped strengthen the European company’s growth by providing new opportunities for them to serve their customers better.
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