OSI Group McDonalds was once a family-owned organization. It opened for business in 1909. Otto Kolschowsky founded the operation as a meat market. Otto was originally from Germany and arrived in the United States with a specific dream. The company served customers in the Chicago area and quickly grew into an enterprise that featured different aspects of the food industry. By 1928 a second facility was operating out of Maywood, a suburb of Chicago. Kolschowsky called his company Otto and Sons. It represented a very important place in the local community.
Otto and Sons entered a working relationship with the McDonald’s Corporation in 1955. McDonald’s was led by Ray Kroc. Kroc had pioneered the franchise business model and was growing his enterprise around the nation. He selected Otto and Sons to be one of a few meat suppliers to McDonald’s restaurants operating in the area. McDonald’s developed a strong working relationship with Arthur and Harry. These were the sons of Otto Kolschowsky. Ray Kroc pushed the McDonald’s Corporation to an international level of success. Otto and Sons was forced to adjust in order meet the demands of their growing partner.
McDonald’s success is paralleled to the growth of Otto and Sons. The family-owned company rose to the challenge of supplying McDonald’s with hamburger patties, which was its signature product. This was made possible by bringing in new technology. The meat patty cutting machine and cryogenic freezing chambers were innovative introductions to meat manufacturing. The tools changed many aspects of the industry.
In 1975 Otto and Sons became known as OSI Group McDonalds. It had conducted over seven decades of successful business by this juncture. OSI began to explore international interests and was still being led by its original founders. The owners went on to retire. The organizational leadership chose Sheldon Lavin as its leader for the future.
OSI Group McDonalds build a brand new meat processing plant in 1973. It was designed to meet the needs of the McDonald’s Corporation. Operations continued to expand with facilities opening in other regions including West Jordan, Utah as well as South America. More worldwide ventures followed in Brazil, Mexico, Hungary, Poland and the Pacific Rim.
OSI Group McDonalds was listed as the 58th largest privately owned company in the United States in 2016 by Forbes Magazine. The tremendous growth that OSI experienced was a result of its vision. OSI Group McDonald’s leaders use expansion to open opportunities for its employees and clients alike.