The Illinois Startup
OSI started out as a family deli operating out of Aurora Illinois. Like the rest of the businesses found in that suburb of Chicago, the business was started by an immigrant looking for a way to make life better for himself. Otto Kolschowsky was so successful he needed the help of his sons to run the business. At that point OSI was known as Otto and Sons, but it would soon undergo yet another name change.
A Family Business Goes Corporate
A pivotal moment in the history of OSI was the introduction of cryogenics. Previously, most meat suppliers had to keep a fresh supply of meat at all times in order to meet the demand of their clients. When OSI Group introduced technology that would allow it to preserve meat for a prolonged period of time, it was absolutely certain to take over the the meat processing industry. Soon, fast food franchises from across America wanted OSI Group as their main meat supplier. As these companies grew into international empires, OSI followed them and scaled up operations to meet the demands of the world.
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The World’s Meat Supply
As an internationally recognized organization, OSI Group has changed its business model dramatically from its original design. In order to accommodate the demands of various countries around the world, OSI has purchased a number of smaller regional meat processors to provide the goods and services it needs in each specific area. For example, in Scandinavia OSI Group has purchased Baho Foods in order to supply various franchises within northern Europe. These people have a taste for specific foods, and no one is better prepared to give them what they want than companies already in place. Such quick thinking has made OSI Group one of the most prosperous companies in America.
The American Dream Fulfilled
Although OSI Group is an international corporation, it is a truly American company. Founded by immigrants more than 100 years ago it has grown into one of the largest and most powerful privately owned companies today. It has generated more than $6 billion in revenue and continues to grow. This success isn’t reserved only for a wealthy few either. OSI Group looks after its employees and makes they understand they are part of what makes OSI the company it is today. Starting from the ground up and growing is what makes the American Dream possible.
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