Whenever you sit down to enjoy a burger at McDonalds or a nice thick cheesy slice of pizza at Pizza Hut, you can thank a company named OSI Group for being able to do so.
OSI Group is one of the chief meat suppliers to restaurant chains across the US and even the world though it also does so through other companies that have retained their household name. What’s made OSI Group special is not only the quality of its meats but also the way it runs its business.
OSI Group treats its employees like family, the philosophy that the company was built on. Even its executives have been seen coming to the front assembly lines in its processing plants because they want to make sure their employees are taken care of. In fact, OSI Group has done such an amazing job looking out for its employees that it boasts of one of the highest retention rates of any company out there. But OSI Group is also active in local community philanthropies including the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The company was originally a butcher shop that Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant to Chicago founded back in 1909. He and his family worked hard to keep the shop running and over time it became a thriving company. First named Otto & Sons, the company became partners with the McDonalds Corporation in 1955 and supplied most of their meats. In the 1980s Sheldon Lavin was appointed CEO and soon the company began opening up plants overseas in addition to the major processing centers owned in Chicago. They also acquired Baho Foods and Flagship Europe just a few years ago.