More than a century after its humble start, OSI Group is one of the world’s largest food distributors. Its success tells a story built on pride, heritage, and a dream. Two years after German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky arrived in the United States, he started his own meat business in 1909. He opened a butcher store in Oak Park, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. The town had a large German population at approximately 25% of German descent. Otto made a success of his small business as a retailer in the local community. As the business grew over the course of the next 10 years, Otto expanded into the wholesale meat business. He moved his business to nearby Maywood, and the company became known as Otto & Sons.
Today, OSI Group is still located in its home state of Illinois, maintaining its headquarters in Aurora. The original one-man operation is now $20,000 strong with company employees located throughout the world. The company operates its production and distribution facilities, with over 65 in total, in over 17 countries. The company remains privately held. In fact, it is one of the largest of the privately held companies located in the US. The company provides its food products to retailers and food chains, and they strive to ensure only the highest level of safe, quality production standards.
OSI Group has facilities across North America, and in Europe, Australia, the Philippines, India, and China. The company has been proactive in its activities to fulfill the need for increased poultry production, and it has substantially increased chicken production in Europe, the US, and China. New products have also been added to the firm’s previous meat-based production. In addition to chicken, beef, and pork, customers can also purchase fish, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, dough, and more.
OSI Group President David McDonald stands committed to the continued growth of the company, and in maintaining its outstanding global reputation. The company will continue to add products to its existing line in order to keep up with, and stay ahead of, consumer demand.