Otto Kolschowsky immigrated from Germany to the United States and within two years opened a meat market in Oak Park, Illinois in 1909. By 1928, Otto had renamed his meat market Otto & Sons and had moved the company to the Chicago suburb of Maywood. Otto &Sons had an impeccable reputation of providing the highest quality meats in the state. In 1955, Otto & Sons would establish their longest running partnership with franchise owner Ray Kroc. Kroc gained franchise rights to open a chain of McDonald’s burger restaurants through his partnership with brothers Richard and Maurice McDonald. Ray Kroc would later buy out the franchise entirely, and Otto & Son’s would be the sole product supplier of ground beef patties to the restaurant chain.
In 1973, Otto & Sons was operating its meat plant that processed quality meats for local businesses and McDonald’s Corporation. The plant had specially designed machines that shaped the ground beef into patties and used a specially designed cryogenic freezing process to allow the meats to travel across the country. In 1975, Otto & Sons became OSI Industries, and Sheldon Lavin would come on board as the company’s financial consultant through a creatively crafted bank deal. In 1990, OSI Group would continue to expand and partnered with Alaska Milk Corporation and the General Mills Corporation to form GENOSI. OSI Group expanded its global reach and now processes and ships foods within the Philippines.
In 1995, OSI Group formed Vista Processed Foods in India, and by 2002, they established OSI China in Beijing. OSI Group made several notable partnerships on its way to becoming one of the world’s largest meat processing companies. They opened a new extension of their headquarters in Aurora, Illinois called the Culinary Innovation Center. OSI Group serves restaurant and retail chains around the world. The use the latest technologies to stay ahead of any would-be competitors. Their foods meet the delights of many culinary profiles, and the company maintains the highest levels of environmental safety precautions.