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OSI Industries a Far Reaching Global Innovator

If asked to name the brand that is symbolized by the golden arches, I’m sure you would have no issue naming the fast food giant. We’d be hard pressed to find a person on this planet that doesn’t know who or what McDonald’s is. But even the global burger monger has small roots. And if you were to trace them all the way back to 1955, you’d find yourself in Illinois, and more specifically, you’d find yourself at the OSI Industries doorstep.

OSI Industries started as a small family butcher shop on the west side of Chicago in Oak Park. It was 1909, and German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky decided to open up a modest shop of fresh meats that would grow into the OSI Industries we know today. Otto’s business continued to grow, and by 1928, once his two sons were involved in it, they were rebranded as Otto & Sons.

As Otto & Sons, they would find themselves in a partnership with a man with a vision of fast meals and good service. That man was Ray Kroc, also known as the mastermind behind the McDonalds franchise, and he was ready to take the country by storm with Otto & Sons riding shotgun next to him. Otto & Sons supplied fresh beef for the McDonalds franchise, and found themselves growing with it, creating cutting-edge technology to keep up with the demands the restaurants had.

This wasn’t their only venture though, with McDonalds in one hand, in the other they still served local restaurants and retail markets. Once they were solidified in this, they began to expand their global reach and rebranded themselves again in 1975, now going by the name OSI Industries. And OSI Industries were on the fast track to creating a globally recognized and trusted name.

Now this company can be found in the United States, the United Kingdom, in Spain, in Germany and the Netherlands. Growing from such humble roots to the global food market in a little over a century is incredible, and this is one company to truly keep an eye on, as it’s only continued progress from here.

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