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OSI Group: An Immigrants Success Story

Answering the call of demand..

OSI Group or Industries is nothing less than an immigrant success story. Sadly it’s a story that hasn’t been told as much as it should have been, here’s why. If you ask the average person who OSI Group is, the majority of them wouldn’t have the slightest clue. A company with 65 facilities in 17 different countries, and a payroll of about 20,000 employees, this without a doubt makes them one of the world’s largest food distributors, and most people do not know who they are. If you asked the same group of people if they have ever heard of McDonald’s, you would probably find that an overwhelming majority of them have. Interesting enough, OSI Group is the main food manufacturer and supplier for McDonald’s, and why wouldn’t they be. McDonald’s has thousands of locations in every city, state, and country, and with that kind of demand for food, they are one of the only companies who are capable of supplying those type of resources.

OSI Group started back before World War 1, in Chicago, Illinois, in 1909, which was considered by many to be the main entry point across America for most German Immigrants, trying to pursue a future in farming and agriculture. OSI Group started as a small meat market by its German owner Kolschowsky, and continued its successful business strategies for the next 20 years and opened up new locations. It was at this time that they took on a new name, Otto & Sons. By the end of the 2nd World War, Otto & Sons planted its feet in the economy so deep that it grew roots that became a necessity for the demand in the country at that time. OSI Group acquires Baho Food.

OSI was a creation of the franchise business model that was birthed in the 1950’s. This new venture was being led by Richard and Maurice McDonald who soon became partners with Kolschowsky, and together started to grow and prosperous business in a much-needed market by franchising the food industry. They are a great example of what a vision and hard work can become with persistence. 100 years later, their name stands for the same foundational vision that it was planted on. For OSI, blood, sweat, and tears has been the recipe for success in the land of opportunity and opposition.

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