OSI Group Passes The 109th Mark Since Its First Meat Shop

More than 100 years have passed since the first meat shop; the Corner Butcher Shop was opened in Chicago, USA. From this small meat shop that was established to supply meat to a small immigrant group, we can see a huge company that has now grown to become the leader in the meat product business. That is what can be said of OSI Group, a food processing company that has had the presence in the meat, pork, and chicken products market for over 109 years.

Small Beginning

Otto Kolschowsky is adversely mentioned in connection to the group that is now referred to as OSI Group. He was among the earliest German immigrants who moved to Chicago, the U.S. As this small group of immigrants continued to grow in number, there was the need to put up shops in the areas they occupied. The community would get some vital services from the shops. It is during this period in 1909 that Otto Kolschowsky thought of opening a butcher shop in his neighborhood. Finally, after identifying the right place, he opened the Corner Butcher Shop. After some time, however, he realized that the demand for meat products increased.Otto invited his sons to take part in the business, which they immediately accepted.

Later, the family would supply meat products on wholesale to other small butcher shops that had opened at other locations in Chicago. Several years following the expansion of the Corner Butcher Shop, the family business transformed into Otto & Sons. This business then went through several strides in subsequent years including collaborating with McDonald Restaurants, a chain of high-end restaurants. In 1973, OSI Group, then using the name Otto & Sons, opened its first meat processing plant. From then on, this food processing company has grown to become of the biggest leaders in the market. Then in 1975, Otto & Sons changed its name to what the food processing company is called today, OSI Group. A recent public release from the company shows that OSI is now present in more than 17 countries with 65 facilities. The company has over 20, 000 workers who diligently serve tens of thousands of happy clients.

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