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OSI Industries Expands to 17 Countries

OSI Industries is a leading food manufacturing company that caters to many industries. The company is expanding its business throughout the world. When the company started it was a humble butcher shop owned and operated by Otto Kolchowsky, a German immigrant. When they became Otto and Sons the company began to expand its business relationships.

OSI Industries became known as OSI Group in the mid to late 1970s. During the 1950s the sons of Otto Kolchowsky and Ray Kroc of the McDonald’s Corporation made a handshake agreement for Otto and Sons to supply Kroc’s McDonald’s restaurant with its hamburgers. OSI grew alongside McDonald’s.

OSI Industries is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. The company has facilities throughout the United States and the world. There are facilities in 17 countries. OSI employs more than 20,000 personnel. They are different for each part of the world.

OSI Industries caters to the market they are in. So, in China and other Asian nations, they serve those restaurants and convenience stores with more fish and poultry items than hamburgers. McDonald’s is still the companies largest account. However, the company also serves restaurants such as Burger King, Starbucks, and Subway to name a few.

OSI plans to continue to grow. It is under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin who is the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) and David McDonald who is the president. They are planning to expand to more nations when given the opportunity. It was Lavin who assisted Otto and Sons in their growth during the 1970s.

Lavin was brought on board as the president of the company. When the sons of Otto Kolchowsky retired, he became the CEO. He remains the CEO today, despite having his own business that he operates on the side. Lavin saw the potential of OSI back in the 1970s and he still has the same faith in the company today.

In conclusion, this article discussed OSI Industries. We discussed a little about the history of the company. We also discussed how they grew alongside McDonald’s. Finally, we discussed the current leadership of the company and how the company plans to still expand.