Category: OSI Group

The Founding And Growth Of The OSI Group

According to Forbes magazine, the OSI Group is America’s 58th largest privately owned company. It has $6.1 billion in revenue annually, over 20,000 employees and from its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois manages about 80 processing plants in 17 countries throughout North America, Europe and Asia. A meat processors holding company, serving both the retail as well as the food service industries, the OSI Group provides bacon, fish, hot dogs, meat patties, pizza, poultry and vegetable products for businesses all over the world. The company is led by Sheldon Lavin, chairman and CEO and CFO Sherry DeMeulemaere.

Founded in Oak Park, Illinois by Otto Kolschowsky in 1909, the OSI Group was initially a family meat market. It developed a reputation for providing the finest meats and expanded to become part of the wholesale meat trade in 1917. In 1928, the company became known as Otto & Sons. Its fortunes really began to expand in 1955 when they made a handshake deal with Ray Kroc to provide meat patties for his brand new McDonald’s franchise which had just opened its first branch in Des Plaines, Illinois. As McDonald’s grew, so did Otto & Sons. The company became known as OSI Industries in 1975.

When it purchased liquid nitrogen freezing tunnels and patty-forming machines and opened a facility in West Chicago to act as a high-volume meat plant, the company began providing specialty meats for restaurants in the area, processed meats for supermarkets, along with other small projects. Eventually, the OSI Group created Glenmark, a separate division of the company that handled all of its non-McDonald’s business. The company sold the Glenmark name to the Best Chicago Meat Co.in 2011. By that time the OSI Group was well on its way to becoming an international meat distributor.

Today, the OSI Group provides meat to international fast food chains doing business in China. They include McDonald’s, KFC, Subway, Papa John’s Pizza, Starbucks, Pizza Hut and others. It is now considered to be one of the premier global food providers and partners with many top retail and food service food brands to deliver concept-to-table solutions to meet the needs of consumers worldwide. The once tiny family meat market is now known for its ability to provide custom food solution designed to meet the precise specification of its global customers.

The OSI Group has won numerous awards for quality assurance, food safety practices and environmental sustainability.