In 1909, in a Western Chicago neighborhood, German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a little known butcher shop and retail store. The Chicago community was heavily dominated by the presence of other immigrants, all seeking better life for themselves and their families. Otto flourished in the location for over a decade, until WWI ended. Then he began expansion of the business into larger markets. Following a twenty year progression, Otto & Sons was born. Eventually, Otto & Sons became the main supplier of beef for McDonald’s hamburgers. Then on the strength of that partnership, in 1975 the company was rebranded, OSI Industries.
The company evolved and grew from a burgeoning company into a major meat supplier in both the US and abroad. The history of the company dates back 75 years and the biggest growth was fostered by the economic upspring in the decades following the second world war. When the company began operations as OSI Industries, there was a investment consultant strategically working the business end. His name was Sheldon Lavin and he would go on and lead company into the next frontier. A frontier that involved OSI industries opening its first meat manufacturing plant in another area besides Chicago. The plant was located in Utah and it served as an indicator of good things to come. The things have included unprecedented business development with acquisitions such as Baho Foods Flagship Europe.
OSI Industries cemented its place within the framework of the American Midwest. The spectacular expansion efforts have allowed the company to exceed expectations and rapidly explore opportunities in additional markets. One factor in the recent growth and expansion has been the remarkable leadership of its Chief Operating Officer (COO), David McDonald. David came from humble roots as an Iowa farm boy. Today, he’s a poised COO with one of the top food processing companies in world. OSI Industries has risen to the status of industry icon and in recognition of its economic growth, Forbes Magazine in 2016 ranked the private company as number 58. With a roughly estimated value of $6.1 billion.