OSI Group; a Meat Story
When talking about old legacy companies, OSI Group may not be one that many people talk about or even heard of. This is surprising since OSI Group has been around since the beginning of the 20th century, and it is still going strong. The company specializes in food processing and providing solutions for the catering and restaurant industry. OSI deals in a wide variety of edible products such as poultry, beef, pork, vegetable, seafood, fruit, dairy, etc. Over the decades the company established offices and factories across the globe. The headquarters is in Aurora, Illinois.
The story of OSI Group is straight out of a Hollywood movie. It was founded by Polish immigrant Otto Kolschwsky, who arrived in Illinois in 1909 and started a butcher’s shop in his neighborhood. From there, he along with the help from his sons opened more stores and ultimately entered the wholesale market of food products. After undergoing several name changes over the decades, the company stuck to the name as it is known today. Internationally, OSI has a presence in Europe and Asia.
One of the biggest turning points that happened to OSI was when the company got a contract to be one of the main meat suppliers of a little-known restaurant chain named McDonald’s, way back in 1955. As McDonalds fortunes grew, OSI’s fortune grew with it and the company never looked back. In the 1980s, the Kolschwysky family sold it to Sheldon Lavin, who currently serves as Chairman and CEO. The President and COO is David G. McDonald.
Over the years, OSI Group has received several awards in recognition of its exemplary work in the foodservice industry. These awards are related to health and environmental safety. In fact, the British Safety Council awarded the company its prestigious “Globe of Honour” prize to OSI in 2016. As of 2016, OSI was listed as the 58th largest private companies.