OSI Group: A shared Experience of American Immigrants

The creation of a dominant partnership..

Everyone knows who McDonalds is; they have thousands of locations in every town, city, state and country. But who does McDonalds get their food from? Who has the capabilities to fulfill the colossal orders given by the biggest food chain in the world?

With 65 facilities in 17 different countries, the OSI Group has a payroll of about 20,000 employees, which easily makes them one of the world’s largest food distributors. Only a company like OSI Group would have the extensive resources to achieve a successful partnership with the world’s largest food chain. As a leader in the Multinational Food Provider Industry, OSI Group has declared its mark in the Globalized Economy.

The creation of OSI Group is of such, a remarkable story of the blood, sweat and tears of immigrants, mainly of German descent, and their desire for a better future. At the time, Chicago, Illinois served as an entry point for German Immigrants commuting across America to pursue their dreams of farming their own land. Kolschowsky, the owner of OSI Group, opened a small retail meat market during the World War 1 and after 2 decades of family oriented successful business tactics, opened 1 of its few branches, Otto & Sons, that continued to be a successful business that was known by its virtues. By the end of the 2nd World War it had accomplished what it set out to be, a vital and much needed part of the American economy.

In the early 1950’s, there was a new business model brewing in creation, Franchising. At the time, Richard and Maurice McDonald were leading the forefront of what we would soon be recognized as, Franchising the Food Industry. Because of the invent fullness of the McDonalds, they chose faith in a man named Ray Kroc, who in 1955 opened the 1st franchise restaurant called McDonalds. After a few years of working with the McDonalds and their franchise, Kroc bought them right out of the franchise and because soles the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of McDonalds.

Because of Kroc’s agreement with Otto & Sons, to have them become his meat supplier for his family meat market, as fate would have it, that handshake agreement alone would join the 2 of them together in what we would come to see as the Colossal Restaurant Franchise called McDonalds. Over the next few decades OSI Group would continue to transform the Food Processing Industry and become the leader in Innovative Food Processing Technologies.