OSI Group: The Story of Immigration and Economic Influence

Otto Kolschowsky migrated to America ten years before the end of World War I. It was a challenging and industrious time for America and the world. Otto lived in the West Side of Chicago in a community of German immigrants. He arrived in Chicago in 1907 and two years later he opened a small corner store butcher shop. He began selling prepared meats and ten years later he began selling meats wholesale. Otto had a family and after another ten years he would rename his business to Otto & Sons. Visit patch.com

The sons would take the family business from the west side of Chicago to a nationwide company. The McDonald’s Corporation would become its largest client to date. The meat processors would also service other clients from local restaurants to large scale gourmet establishments.

The business continued to grow and became an American economic staple for decades to come. The second World War brought more major changes. The industrial revolution expanded across the nation and economic opportunities were sky rocketing. The Otto & Sons family business is still a solid entity and another family business is about to explode on to the scene. The McDonald’s Corporation had its humble beginnings as an Iowa farm family. The fast food business is newly created and the collaboration of these to families will continue for many years to come. Otto & Sons will become the OSI Group Chaired by CEO Sheldon Lavin.

Lavin renamed the family business after helping to secure bank financing for business expansion. The OSI Group would go on to serve all the McDonald’s corporation beef patties processing. Lavin used flash freeze technology to quickly freeze the patties and make them ready for long distance travel. The OSI Group would also serve other large corporations including Burger King and Subway by also processing their meat products. The OSI Group is world recognized as the premier leader in sustainable food production.

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