OSI Group: How business growth happened

OSI Group is one of the companies that have a very rich history. For a company that was started over 100 years ago to be the largest producer of food products is an achievement that cannot be underestimated. The company has gone through various phases of growth under different leaders, but one thing has remained consistent-rapid growth.

OSI Industries was created from a family owned business known as Otto &Sons. Otto & Sons came from the founder of the business who was named Otto Kolschowsky and his two sons-Arthur and Harry who helped him to grow the business. The three built this business from a butcher shop into a prominent regional supplier. The company has headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.

Otto &Sons made a breakthrough in the 1950s when the McDonald’s restaurants were established. The sons of Otto established a good friendship with the managing director if the first outlet which was opened in Illinois. The friendship led to a business contract that Otto & Sons landed to supply hamburgers to the restaurant in Illinois. Luckily, the restaurants started multiplying. Many of them were opened in Illinois and other states. Business for Otto & Sons picked such that they were forced to split their business into two. One side remained with the name Otto & Sons and concentrated with supplying the McDonald’s only.

The demand that was coming from the McDonald’s was so much that they had to develop a food production plant to process food products for the McDonald’s. In the 1970s, the company developed interests to expand its operations to more places in the United States following the steps laid by the McDonald’s. It changed its name to OSI Industries to take up a new title of a company and not a family owned business. They at the same time added another partner in the business known as Sheldon Lavin who is the current CEO.

The leadership

OSI Industries has been doing magnificently well since Sheldon Lavin joined its leadership ranks. Under his leadership, the company has become a multinational that no longer depends on the McDonald’s for its growth. As the chairman and CEO of the company, there is a lot that he has contributed to the company. He has led a revolution of business operations such that OSI Industries is not only a leading business in the food industry but also a leading private business in the United States with a net worth of $6.1 billion.

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