OSI Group originally started out as a small meat market and butcher shop in Chicago, Illinois. It was started by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant who migrated to Chicago toward the beginning of the 20th century. By the end of the First World War, his butcher shop had relocated and transitioned into a wholesale business.
After nearly two decades of operation, the business officially became known as Otto & Sons in 1928. After the phenomenon of nationwide economic expansion post-World War II, Otto’s two sons – Arthur and Harry Kolchowsky – had become the owners of the company. They had agreed to work with Ray Kroc, an agent for the McDonald’s, as the latter’s first supplier of ground beef.
As Otto & Sons began to grow as a manufacturer for beef patties that would later be sent to McDonald’s, they changed their company name to OSI Industries in 1975. This change signified the technological development that had occurred within the company.
OSI industries also had a change in leadership. In the early 1980s, Sheldon Lavin, who had previously worked as an investment consultant for Otto & Sons in the early 1970s, had become the new CEO of OSI industries. As it became a larger, more complicated international company, and a supplier to various large organizations, with McDonald’s being its top customer, the company has come to be known simply as OSI Group.
As of May 4, 2018, Turi Foods, a company that specializes in the production of cooked and uncooked poultry products for retail use in Australia, has merged with OSI Group. The two companies hope to combine the international reach of OSI Group with Turi’s experience in the production and processing of poultry, to form a company that offers world-class food solutions.
They hope that their similar fields of expertise, as well as their strong reputations among their respective customers, will enable them to serve consumers in newer and more innovative ways, while creating more opportunities for their employees as well.