OSI Industries: Continual Growth

OSI Industries was originally founded in the early 1900’s by a German immigrant in Chicago, Illinois as a small meat market. This has started over a century of continual continual growth and innovation. It’s expanded from a local business to an international supplier with cutting-edge technology. With shrewd business decisions and a focus on their customers’ needs, the company has always been a leading food provider.

Otto founded OSI Industries with his sons as a local butchery and meat market to serve the local Chicago community and its large German immigrants. Otto himself was also a German immigrant. He and his sons provided consistent quality products to his customers until the 40’s. In the post-war boom and development, Otto managed to become a meat supplier for the expanding McDonald’s franchises through a handshake agreement. Later on, when McDonald’s would consolidate their supply lines and OSI would become one of only four major meat suppliers for the franchises.

OSI Industries also expanded internationally along with McDonald’s to continue providing service to the franchise and to better serve their customers. Now, they serve most continents with many different distribution centers and a major employee base. They’ve managed this through doing business with local companies and mergers that are mutually beneficial. For example, their Australian branch has recently merged with an Australian company in order to expand their product line and capabilities. This means they can offer more products, at a lower cost and with increased reliability. This focus on providing good products and a value to the customer is what has allowed the company to remain relevant in a competitive field.

To match their focus on the customer, OSI Industries also operates several research and innovation centers. From pioneering flash freezing to provide a more consistent quality product to the customer to the current day, the company has always strived to remain on the cutting edge of technology. They firmly believe that by increasing the consistency and expanding their product lines to better serve customers, foreign and domestic, they can provide more value to their customers and remain increasingly relevant. To this day, OSI Industries has not forgotten its roots, and is still focused near where it was founded nearly a century ago.

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