The OSI group is a popular food supplier in the world economy today. The company started from a humble background, to a major corporate business in the American history economically. The OSI group which later became the OSI industries started back in the beginning of the 20th century, with Otto Kolschowsky as a member of this German-immigrant community, which was set up in a rapidly growing city filled with immigrants who set up farms on the plains of Chicago. After some years of his introduction to the business, Kolschowsky expanded a small butcher shop which he had opened in the west sides of Chicago to a small wholesale during the approach of the end of World War I. Later, the company was rebranded to Otto & Sons and operated to be a successful business locally.
The transition of the OSI group from a regional supplier of food to an international corporate took place two decades after the Second World War with Kroc coming up with product model which would see every restaurant served with a consistent food surplus. In the year 1945, Kroc opened a new restaurant by the name McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. This gave a challenge to the Otto & Sons to strategize on how to steadily supply affordable food to the consumer consistently and transport the food over long distances due to the expanding scope of the McDonald’s restaurants. In the year 1975, Otto &Sons transitioned to become the OSI industries. This is when the company fully got recognized as an advanced technological company operating on a large scale level and as a manufacturer.
In the same year, Sheldon Lavin joined OSI industries as a partner due to expansion of the company globally and to the fact that the children of Otto & Sons were aging and approaching retire. In 1990, Lavin became the CEO of OSI industries due to the complexity in running the company and the links it required internationally. His expertise as an investor and guru in the banking system helped him handle the pressure of the growth phase of the company.