The relationship between OSI Group and McDonald’s is as old as the McDonald’s franchise. The first golden McDonald’s arches went up in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. OSI Group’s roots started all the way in 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. Though OSI Group is older, people are far more familiar with McDonald’s.
Still, the partnership’s history is a long and interesting tale that beings with the American dream. OSI started out as a butcher shop owned and operated by Otto Kolschowsky. Otto immigrated to the United States in hopes of finding a better life. Two years after immigrating, he moved to Chicago and opened a butchery and meat retail store.
He lived and worked comfortably in the Oak Park community until the end of the First World War. Around that time, his business beyond his little store, so he moved operations to the Maywood community and a bigger facility. He also expanded into the wholesale business side of the industry.
As his company continued to grow, he solidified his place in the community. For Otto, growing the business was a side effect of helping the community. He wasn’t too business-oriented, which allowed him to form lasting relationships with local farmers and partners.
Later, his sons adopted that same mentality, but with the added desire to grow their company beyond the Midwest. They never stopped serving their community and helping when people needed help. Yet, when they took over, they made expansion a priority and jumped at the opportunity to form a partnership with Ray Kroc.
Kroc is the founder of McDonald’s, and he wanted Otto & Sons to be his first supplier. The brothers agreed before fully understanding how difficult it would be providing Kroc’s restaurants with fresh ground beef. Kroc focused on providing customers with the best experience through hamburgers, so he burned through many of his suppliers quickly.
After dedicating entire factories to McDonald’s, OSI Group became just as nationally and internationally success as the restaurant. Today, OSI has 62 facilities in 17 countries.
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