The following is a little slice of Americana. A tale of how the American dream was achieved in a small neighborhood in Chicago by a fresh-off-the-boat German immigrant. In 1907 Otto Kolschowsky stepped off the boats from Germany during the Great German Migration to the United States. By 1909, he had settled on opening a little butcher shop in Western Chicago. His quality of product led to him eventually jumping into the wholesale business and supplying local Chicago shops with product for their restaurants.
His business was doing great, at least for a little Chicago butcher shop and wholesale meat shop. After his sons got older he renamed his business Otto & Sons in 1927. For years the shop continued to do what it was good at, give local customers meat products. It would probably still be there today, doing that same thing, if it wasn’t for a handshake agreement that took place in 1954. Otto’s two sons Henry and Arthur were both older by now and conducting business on their own. They met a young Ray Kroc who was planning on opening his first McDonalds franchise. They shook hands on supplying the McDonalds with beef products. That handshake would change Otto & Sons forever.
Ray Kroc bought out McDonald’s from the McDonalds brothers and proceeded to open stores across the nation. Suddenly, Otto & Son’s beef was in every neighborhood in the United States. Otto & Sons needed to adapt. McDonald’s was growing rapidly and needed a consistent and constant supply of beef products for their signature product, hamburgers.
So, to meet the demand, Otto & Sons rebranded as OSI Industries. Since that day, OSI Industries has become a global force in supplying food service businesses with food. Today, OSI Industries services games such as Starbucks, McDonald’s, Burger King, Subway, Papa John’s, Yum, and many other foodservice businesses.
OSI Industries has become renowned for its cheap quality products. It has factories spanning the world and providing everything from bread to the beef that made it oh so famous. Otto & Son’s birth into OSI is a great example of the American Dream in action. From a small butcher shop in Chicago into a global force in the food industry with sales in excess of $6.1 billion, OSI is a different animal than it used to be. All of this because of one little handshake with the right man.
OSI Industries info: www.indeed.com/cmp/Osi-Group