OSI Group: A Journey of Success

OSI Group is one of the top meat manufacturing companies in the world. With 20,000 employees at 65 facilities spread across 17 countries, OSI Group is the backbone of McDonalds and the unknown founding principality to the modern franchise model. Starting off as an immigrant’s dream and continuing as a family-owned and operated business, OSI Group is a world-wide success administering global economic growth.

When a German named Otto Kolschowsky set sail for America, his dreams presided in an unknown future. Through consistent focus and the advantage of freedoms saturating the United States, a business owner turned a family’s butcher shop into a thriving achievement. OSI Group acquires Baho Food.

The sons of Otto Kolschowsky, Arthur and Harry, took advantage of the American business culture. Through faithful execution and an eye for business opportunity, the Kolschowsky’s meat producing business supported the very beginnings of the McDonald’s empire. Through technological advancements that supported the fast-food consumer demand for McDonald’s hamburger production, Otto & Sons was the meat at the heart of this global success.

The triumph of business growth and expansion was established through the creation of the original business franchise model. After forming a great personal and working relationship, McDonald’s regarded Otto & Sons as one of their four core meat producers. Otto & Sons built a plant solely for McDonald’s meat production and the family business thrived. For a decade, as their factories evolved to meet the ever-expanding demand for McDonald’s products, the members of the family also expanded their leadership to adopt an outside business partner, Sheldon Lavin. In 1975, OSI Industries was generated and Sheldon Lavin remains a key player in the continuance of global expansion.

From the start of a humble family butcher shop in Chicago, Illinois to a thriving, technologically advanced company for a top fast-food giant OSI Group continues to carry itself into the future as a leader set in high standards of success, and ultimately, the reality of a German immigrant inspired into the American dream.

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