OSI Industries, also known as OSI Group, is a provider of food products to many popular restaurants all over the world. Based in Chicago, Illinois, the company has processing plants in several other places such as, California, Iowa, Utah and Wisconsin. It also has more than 65 factories in 17 countries, some of which are in Europe and Asia. The products that the company supplies to its clients include, beef patties, which it provides to McDonald’s restaurants, hot dogs, pizza, fish, pork and chicken, as well as breakfast items, vegetables and dough. Other restaurants OSI Industries have meat-supplying contracts with are, Subway, Starbucks, Papa John’s Pizza and Pizza Hut.
The business was founded in 1909 in Aurora, Illinois by a German immigrant named Otto Kolchowsky, who opened up a family meat market in the Oak Park area of Illinois just two years after moving to the U.S. After expanding into the wholesale meat market, he moved the business to a suburb of Chicago. At that time, which was the year 1928, the company had been named Otto and Sons. Years later, it was changed to OSI Indusries, then to OSI Group in 2004. Since then, it has been listed in Forbes magazine as one of the largest privately-owned companies in North America, with an annual income of over $6 billion.In 2016, OSI Group bought the Tyson Food processing facility that was located on the south side of Chicago for a cost of $7.4 million. After acquiring the building, the company offered the former Tyson workers employment in their new factory.
There are now more than 20,000 employees that work in OSI Group’s facilities all over the globe. The company is a producer of a variety of private label brand foods, but it also co-packs major brand name items. Their items come pre-cooked or baked, and are of high quality due to the company’s strict safety practices and standards.Sheldon Lavin, who is the Chairman, CEO, and CFO of OSI Group, was presented with the Global Visionary Award in 2016, an honor that he said he felt very humbled by. He also stated that he hopes to see his company continue to experience financial growth. Besides being one of the biggest food suppliers in the U.S., OSI Group has a stake in the German food providing company known as Baho Foods, and is the owner of another food group called Flagship, which is located in the U.K.