OSI Industries is always growing. Since their foundation in the early 1900s, the company has been growing nonstop.
OSI’s Spain branch recently expanded, adding a new high capacity production line for their chicken products. The factory was previously only able to produce 12,000 tons of chicken per year; now they are able to produce 24,000 yearly. Including beef and pork, this raises their yearly production to over 45,000 tons. 20 new jobs were added to the factory to accommodate for the new production line.
OSI Industries hasn’t always been a juggernaut in the food service industry. In fact, the company began as a small butchery in Chicago. It wasn’t until McDonald’s opened up did OSI begin to grow.
Originally founded by Otto Kolschowsky, it was his sons who created the partnership with McDonald’s. Originally founded in 1909, it wasn’t until the 1950s, when McDonald’s was birthed, did the company really begin to flourish. As McDonald’s opened more and more locations, OSI Industries grew, opening new factories and innovating.
The 1960s allowed both companies to grow exceptionally fast. New technology – flash freezing – made it possible for beef to be transported long distances without worrying about it going bad. It was around this time that OSI opened a factory just to produce products for McDonald’s. A few years later, OSI got it’s current name. It had previously been called Otto & Sons, but now, as a food distribution giant, they needed a new name. In 1975 the name was officially changed to OSI Industries.
McDonald’s an OSI went international in the late 1970s. Germany got its first McDonald’s in 1978, followed by Spain in 1980.
Today, McDonald’s isn’t the only client of OSI. During the 21st century, OSI has picked up clients such as Starbucks, Papa John’s, Burger King, and Subway.
Only time will tell what is in store for OSI Industries in the future.
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