The History Behind OSI Group and McDonald’s

One of the greatest partnerships in American history began with a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. In 1909, Otto established a small-town butcher shop in early Chicago. Like all immigrants, Otto came to the United States chasing the American dream and wanting something to leave behind for his sons.

He named his butcher shop Otto & Sons. By the time his sons took over, Otto & Sons grew into one of the most successful meat processing companies in the region. While exploring other revenue options, the sons met Ray Kroc, a never-give-up businessman.

In the early 50s, Kroc convinced the brothers to go into business with Richard and Maurice McDonald. Richard and Maurice wanted to open a new kind of restaurant and needed a beef product supplier that could handle large orders. At first, the McDonalds worked with over 100 suppliers, but that changed in the 70s.

Around that time, Otto & Sons began investing large funds into cryogenic freezing technology, which they used to freeze and ship their products greater distances. With that technology being utilized by one of the best suppliers, McDonald’s was able to drop most of their suppliers and only rely on four.

With a shorter supply chain, McDonald’s expanded across the nation, then across the world. The public watched in awe as McDonald’s became one of the largest companies in the world. What many people don’t realize is that Otto & Sons grew alongside McDonald’s. In 1975, Otto & Sons became OSI Industries.

OSI Group McDonalds refers to their partnership. OSI Group McDonalds have experienced great success since forming. Like other partnerships, OSI Group McDonalds have no reason to separate.

OSI Group refers to all of OSI’s subsidiaries and side companies. It’s hard to look at OSI now and imagine that it all happened because a German immigrant started a little butcher shop. Now, OSI Group McDonalds is led by Sheldon Lavin and David McDonald, who continue to grow the company’s success and reputation.

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