The food provider started as a small butcher based in Chicago and has expanded its operations to 17 nations where it operates 65 plants. More than 20,000 people work at its facilities. It was established during the immigration era when thousands of Germans came into the country and settled in the Chicago’s plains. According to statistics, the immigrants made up a quarter of the total population in the city.
The pioneer of the venture was Otto Kolschowsky. The firm started expanding a decade after its inception where it launched its whole business and opened another store in Maywood. Years later, the food provider was rebranded as Otto and Sons.
The firm partnered with a family-owned owned hamburger business known as McDonald’s to facilitate the distribution of its meat products to various parts of the country through its restaurants. McDonald used the franchise model at the time and Ray Kroc became its agent in Illinois. The partnership grew stronger due to the friendship between the burger business and the sons of Otto Kolschowsky.
Years later, Ray Kroc acquired the McDonald’s and became its CEO. OSI Industries continued to grow and one of the leaders who has played a significant role is David McDonald. The businessman was born in Iowa. During his higher education, he majored in animal science and was passionate about agriculture and biology. Before he joined OSI Industries, he worked at the North American Meat Institute.
Currently, David McDonald is the president of OSI. At the helm of the food company, he has helped to ensure that all the products meet the quality expectations of the customers and the industry. During his tenure, he has streamlined the logistics department to ensure that the customers can get the products more conveniently. One of his achievements at OSI Industries is expanding the firm through acquisitions of large corporations such as Baho Foods, Flagship Europe and Tyson Foods.
The production capacity and market share of OSI has increased significantly over the years. For example, OSI Industries has a facility in Toledo, Spain where new equipment was installed to double the production of meat products. The development was aimed at meeting the growing demand in the country.