Currently one of the major food producers and distributors in the world is a company called OSI Group. They are located in 17 countries and have 65 facilities in all. They employ upwards of 20,000 employees. The company started out as a small meat market in the west side of Chicago in 1909. The business grew and was then relocated to Maywood Chicago after World War II. The business was afterwards renamed to Otto and Son’s in 1928. In the middle of the 1950’s Otto and Son’s began providing meat to the growing franchise named McDonald’s. They soon were providing most of it and this lead to the expansion of the company.
Eventually in 1975 Otto and Son’s became OSI Group. When food is frozen with liquid nitrogen the process is called flash freezing. The company began to use this innovation. The process allowed food to be frozen quickly and thus helped to allow the vast network of transporting frozen food to take place late in the 1960’s. Sheldon Lavin became a partner of the company in 1975. He became CEO of OSI Group in the early 1980’s. Afterwards the company continued to expand and began to do business not just with McDonald’s but with other companies in the industry as well. Today OSI Group does a bit over six billion dollars a year in business.
The company is now selling items called value added protein products. Pizza and sausage and hamburgers are examples of these. They also sell non meat products. The company has many locations around the world today. Europe,China,japan and India are some of these locations. The company entered into a venture with a company called OJC foods in China to sell specialty dough products. They also went into a poultry venture with DoYoo Group and the OSI Henan processing plant. This plant is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design facility or (LEED). Growth has also taken place in Europe. From a small meat market in the west side of Chicago in 1909 to a major world player OSI Group now is quite a success story.