If you travel to Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Hungary, Austria, to the Pacific, and to many other designated countries, you will find food products that have the label, OSI Group, a company that focuses on producing meat products. The history behind OSI Group is so rich that many people have sort to listen to it over and over. Well, OSI Group has had a presence in the beef, pork, chicken, and other meat processing market for a period of 100 years.
The First Shop
When it started, it was so tiny. The company that we now know that has over 20, 000 employees in over 17 countries started at a small community shop in Chicago. It was in 1909 when Otto Kolschowsky, one of the German immigrants who had moved to Chicago by that time when he thought of opening a butcher shop. That is what he did and started supplying his small German community with meat. He called the small join Corner Butcher Shop. As the community grew, there was a need for Otto to expand his shop. Later, he started supplying meat products in wholesale to a few retailers that had put up small shops at strategic positions in Chicago and Illinois.
As the need intensified, Otto brought his sons on board even naming the small company Otto & Sons. This business thrived as a family enterprise until when Otto & Sons joined with McDonald, a chain of restaurants that thrived a major part of the 1900s until the business officially changed the name in the late 70s. Many years after the Second World War, Otto & Sons made huge strides in the meat industry. One notable strider was the opening of the company’s first meat processing plant in 1973. Two years later, the company adopted the current name OSI Group, the name that remains to rock the world of food processing sector until this day.Another huge achievement was when OSI Group entered into the huge Asian market. This happened in 2001 when the government of China agreed to include the food processing company in the World Trade Organization. Since then, the company is headed for even greater heights.