OSI Group is an American based company that majors in manufacturing and selling meat products. The products include meat patties, fish and poultry. It was founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky serving as a family-owned business in Chicago as Otto & Sons USA. It has its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, United States.
OSI Group McDonalds is headed by Sheldon Lavin who is the chief operating officer. He joined the company in 1975 while serving as its investment consultant. OSI Group McDonalds has grown to become one of the largest privately owned food providers in the world offering job opportunities to over 20,000 people.
A large number of employees work in over 65 facilities in 17 countries worldwide. Their services extend to custom food development and worldwide supply of food from the sourcing to the processing and finally to the distribution.
With over 100 years of offering food solutions, they have become masters of their craft and provide the best services to their customers with a commitment to food safety and quality assurance.
In the early years when it was still Otto & sons their primary task was to supply the ever-expanding number or regional McDonald’s restaurants. The McDonalds restaurant was first opened in 1955 by Ray Kroc in Des Plaines, Illinois.
Ray Kroc had earlier entered into a business agreement with Arthur and Harry the two sons of Otto Kolschowsky to be their first supplier of beef. Kroc later bought and became the chief executive officer of McDonalds Corporation.
OSI Group McDonalds taking over offered a platform for a symbiotic relationship with Otto & Sons. In 1973 Otto & Sons built a plant dedicated to McDonald’s in West Chicago, Illinois. In 1975 Otto & sons became OSI Group industries thus moving from becoming a family meat shop to a more advanced company.
Just like OSI Group McDonalds continued to grow internationally and thus resulting in the appointment of Lavin as the chairman and C.E.O. His election saw a growth in the company and continued business ties with McDonald’s which was a significant customer.
The OSI Group and McDonald’s joined the partnership and ventured in Germany and Spain.