The Evolution of OSI Group

A private holding company, OSI Group is involved with meat processing and services both the retail and also food service industries. The American company has its headquarters locates in Aurora, Illinois. The company started in 1909 after Otto Kolschowsky, a German Immigrant, started a family meat market at the Oak Park, Illinois. He expanded the business into a wholesale meat trade in 1917 and moved it to nearby Maywood. In 1928, the company was named Otto & Sons and it committed itself to providing the local area with quality meats. This made the company to become a household name and it began growing and expanding hugely.

After McDonald’s opened its first store in 1955, Otto & Sons became their suppliers of ground beef patties. Over the years, the two businesses formed a strong relationship with Otto & Sons become the sole suppliers of all meat products to McDonalds. Otto & sons started its first meat plant of high volume in 1973 in West Chicago. It also started a separate unit that was known as GlenMark. It was in 1975 that Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Group. OSI made a licensing agreement in 1999 with Best Chicago Meat Co, LLC for the use of GlenMark. Best Chicago Meat wholly acquired GlenMark Brand in 2011. Click here to know more OSI Group.

OSI Group has been listed by Forbes as the 136th biggest private company in America. This is according t the company’s annual revenues which are approximately $3 billion. OSI Group now operates more than 65 facilities across 17 states. The products offered by OSI Group include:

  • Meat patties
  • Hot dogs
  • Pizza
  • Poultry
  • Fish
  • Dough based products
  • Bacons
  • Breakfast sausages
  • Desserts
  • Side dishes
  • Lunches
  • Breakfast
  • Cooked beef patties
  • Pork products
  • Specialty sausages