The OSI Group: Worldwide Supplier Of Quality Meat Products

OSI Group is a world leader when it comes to providing the food industry with custom solutions and quality products. A privately owned American meat processing company, the OSI Group was founded by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky in Oak Park, Illinois in 1909 as a family meat market.

He expanded to become a wholesale seller of quality meat in 1917 and in 1928 he changed the name of the company to Otto & Sons. The company grew rapidly after they agreed to provide ground beef patties for a fledgling fast food franchise called McDonalds. Soon supplying McDonald’s became the company’s primary business.

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After the invention of cryogenic food processing Otto & Sons opened a high-volume meat plant in 1973 in West Chicago. It had specially developed patty-forming machines as well as liquid nitrogen freezing tunnels. This enabled to company serve more clients. So it created a division of Otto & Sons called Glenmark through which it served it’s clients other than McDonald’s. That included supplying specialty meats to restaurants in the area and processed meats for supermarkets. Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975, but remained McDonald’s exclusive supplier of meat products.

Today, the OSI Industries has almost 80 meat processing plants in 17 countries around the world and supplies meat and vegetable products to companies worldwide. The company’s products include bacon, fish, hot dogs, meat patties, pizza, pork and poultry as well as vegetable and dough products.

Forbes listed the OSI Group as the 58th largest company in America and estimated its assets to be in excess of $6 billion. The company has U.S. processing plants in Chicago, West Chicago and Geneva, Illinois, Riverside, California, West Jordan, Utah, Oakland, Iowa and Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. The headquarters of the OSI Group is in Aurora, Illinois.

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