The story of how OSI Industries became one of the world’s most successful food businesses is quite an interesting one and it’s a story that started over one hundred years ago. Like many others who immigrated from Germany around the turn of the Twentieth Century, Otto Kolschowsky came to America looking for a new start in a land of opportunity. Otto put his ambition to work by starting a family-run butcher shop in the Chicago, Illinois area. By working diligently, Otto and his family were able to build up a successful enough operation that the decision was made to expand into the wholesale meat distribution business. This happened in the wake of World War One. In 1928 the company was rebranded under the moniker of Otto & Sons.
The next big chapter for OSI came in 1955. By now the firm was being run by Otto’s sons Arthur and Harry Kolschowsky and they brothers were able to forge one of the most important business relationships in the history of OSI Industries. Landing the contract to supply McDonald’s restaurants with beef patties was a landmark achievement in the company’s history and it was a business relationship that pushed Otto & Sons to really step up its game. The relationship between Otto & Sons and McDonald’s became a constant fixture as the company was one of the restaurant chains primary distributors.
When the 1970s came around the Kolschowsky brothers were looking to further expand the business and they enlisted the help of local Chicago area financial consultant Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon was so instrumental in helping Ott & Sons to expand business operations that he was asked to join the firm, becoming a member of the partnership. From early on as a partner, Sheldon wanted to push for expansion and start making moves towards making the company global. The name was changed to OSI Industries and expansion outside of North America began. Sheldon Lavin is still with OSI today as its CEO and he continues to guide the firm in global expansion.
The recent merger between OSI Industries in Australia and Australian poultry distribution firm Turi Foods is an example of how OSI Industries continues to expand its operations. Turi Foods and OSI have very similar company cultures which makes them an ideal pairing. Executives from both companies have expressed how happy they are with accomplishing this critical merger.
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