The food manufacturing industry is one of the biggest in the world, but not many people even recognize that. We go to the restaurants and supermarkets to pick foodstuffs but rarely do we even try to figure out where they come from. What many of us do not know is that food companies make these foodstuffs. One such food company is the OSI Group. If you have never heard it, just know that you could have consumed its food products. It is the largest private food production company in the United States. It is located in Aurora, Illinois although its products are supplied to a global market.
OSI group has long history as a food production company. It was started in 1909 by a German immigrant known as Otto Kolschowsky. This is a man who was just building a small business that would supply meat products to the people of Chicago. However, as it would turn out, the business did very well and developed into a wholesale business. It even changed its name to Otto & Sons after the two sons of the founder- Harry and Arthur joined in running the business, they would later be left in charge of the business by his father.
In the mid-20th century, another business that would play a great role in the development of OSI Group was formed. McDonald’s set up its first restaurant in Illinois. Otto & Sons being the biggest supplier of meat products in the area was contracted to be supplying hamburgers. The growth of the McDonalds was so rapid that pressure was piling up on the business to increase production so that it could meet the needs of the market. McDonald’s was opening restaurants in different parts of the country and needed OSI Group to take their products to these locations.
OSI Food Company had to build its first food production plant in the 1970s to meet the needs of the market. The food plant was specifically meant for supplying the McDonalds. In 1975, the company brought in another partner in the business known as Sheldon Lavin. He would later become the only partner in the company after the other two left. He is now the chairman and CEO of the OSI Group.
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