OSI Industries is one of the highest-rated meat processing companies due to the top quality in foods they produce and the environmentally-safe practices they employ at every facility. Many fast food restaurants, most notably McDonald’s have benefited greatly from the production of OSI Industries, and OSI Industries has helped many fast food franchises expand across the globe due to having factories in 17 different nations. OSI has also made it a point to have representatives at each location who know the tastes of locals in the area and can help each branch of OSI Industries in marketing their products to them. OSI Industries products are mostly meat foods, but they do include some produce and baked goods along with them, and their meats come in both pre-cooked and raw forms.
Customers can either order ready-to-go products from OSI, or have a food products custom-designed for them specifically. Items that OSI specializes in include poultry from crispy chicken tenders and nuggets, to beef patties and meatballs, sausages, pizzas and other meat entrees. Along with their processing and shipping plants, OSI Industries employs extensive lab work on food flavor and quality testing in most of their production centers.OSI Industries is actually one of the oldest meat processing companies in North America with over 100 years of running. It was actually a butcher shop that opened in Chicago in 1909 several years after Otto Kolschowsky immigrated there to provide a better life for his family. By 1917, the butcher shop had become a pretty well-known meat market in Chicago, and by 1928 it was an official meat wholesale company known as Otto & Sons.
The company remained strong all the way through the Great Depression, and in the 1950s they began their strongest business partnership to this day with McDonald’s. The period of expansion began in 1973 when a former investment banker named Sheldon Lavin came to the company and started making financing deals for Otto & Sons, and just two years later the company name was changed to OSI Industries since it was now making plans to grow outside the US. Lavin eventually took over as CEO and Chairman of OSI Industries.OSI Industries has made several key acquisitions over the years, though in several cases such as buying out Flagship Europe and Baho Food they kept the acquired company’s name in place. They also saved and added several hundred jobs in Chicago when they bought a failing Tyson Food plant and told all current employees they could stay on. OSI Industries has been able to minimize employee injuries even during the busiest seasons, and in recognition of that they were given the Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council. They are also the sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.