OSI Industries: From Butcher Shop To Global Food Provider

OSI industries has rewritten the books on professional foodservices. The Aurora-based company is worth billions, and it has become a staple in today’s retail market. This food provider has a high-number of food products to choose from. Onions, fritters, pizza, Tofu, tomatoes, cucumbers, cooked sausage links, chicken fried steak, meatballs, beef patties, fresh dough products, flatbread, soups, chili, steak, cookies and many more. With a total of 65 facilities, OSI is an industry unto itself. This company has facilities in:

• Poland

• Japan

• The Netherlands

• Canada

• Brazil

• The United Kingdom

• Hungary

• And in other areas

Did you know that this company dates back to the 1900s? Though OSI Industries has multiple locations, its very first location was in Oak Park, Illinois. As time passed, the company would move to Maywood, Illinois and then it would eventually settle in Aurora, Illinois. This company has German roots thanks to its founder. Otto kolschowski retained many of his old world characteristics. During the beginning stages of business, the company’s name was Otto & Sons. This family owned butcher shop provided great tasting beef for clients throughout the Midwest.

Thanks to providing such great service, Otto & Sons switched gears and moved into wholesale. This action took place near the end of the first World War. Otto & Sons became a vital part of its Chicago community, but bigger things were on the horizon. During the postwar-economic expansion, many new suburbs were popping-up on the outskirts of the major cities and by the 1970s, the company would open an out-of-state factory in Utah. At this point in time, the company had changed its name to OSI and things really begin to take shape.

In 2011, OSI Industries was ranked by Forbes as the 136th largest private company in the US. The company generated an estimated $3 billion. Things would get better and in 2016, Forbes ranked the company at the 58th position for America’s largest private company. As of today, OSI Industries is worth more than $6 billion. The company has acquired stake into many other business’ and there are plans to launch many more facilities in the near future.

OSI industries  info: www.crunchbase.com/organization/osi-group