OSI Group is a leading food company in the world. The company has its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. It is one of the companies with a very long history. Started in the early 1900s, OSI Group has lived for over 100 years now and continues to expand business operations to different locations all over the world. It is one of the companies of the 20th century that shows the history of the American economy. The company was started by a German immigrant in the United States known as Otto Kolschowsky. It started as a butcher shop before developing into a leading firm in the world.
OSI Group made its biggest gain when the McDonald’s was started. The company entered into an agreement with McDonald to supply beef in one of its branches in Illinois. This was the first branch that operated the franchise business model that we McDonald’s of. As McDonald’s expanded, the demand for beef went up. This put pressure on OSDI group to also increase their production of meat. Otto and his two sons started what would become a global food manufacturer riding on the success of McDonald’s. At the time, OSI Group was known as Otto &Sons. The name OSI Group would come later.
As McDonald’s expanded to all corners of the United States, the pressure was on Otto& Sons to supply affordable, consistent and consumer-driven food products. The company needed to manufacture products which could move long distances to the far-flung McDonald’s restaurants. Luckily for Otto& Sons, technology advanced at the same time, and freezing gadgets were introduced.
As McDonald’s consolidated its supply food supply business, it chose four suppliers who would supply them with the food products they needed. Otto & Sons was one of them owing to the good relationship they had from the beginning.
Sheldon Lavin is the current Chief Executive Officer of the OSI Group. He joined the company in the 1970s after the business operations of the company had expanded so much that the owners felt that they needed to add a professional who would assist with, management of the company. Sheldon Lavin joined the firm from the banking sector. Sheldon Lavin has seen the company grow for the last five decades. Even at a time when the sons of Otto left the company, he stayed on and became the overall manager of the company. Sheldon Lavin is currently 87 years old and still in charge of this business.
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