After More Than A Century The OSI Group is Still Going Strong

There are very few companies that are able to lay claim to the achievement of surviving for more than a century, and when they can also claim the accolade of being the leader in their industry and the foremost innovator in their field that is definitely something special. The OSI Group is able to not only claim those high marks of praise but many more. It’s not bad for a company that started out as a small meat market on Chicago’s west side.

The son of German immigrants Otto Kolschowsky was a man who had learned the butcher’s trade from his father, just as he had learned it from his father before him, and his father before him. At the turn of the century in Chicago, Illinois, the meat industry was king, and being a butcher, especially a good one, meant you were at in high demand. As Otto decided to strike out on his own and start Ott’s Meats in the Oak Park neighborhood, he knew that he would have a lot of competition, but he also knew that there was no one in the greater Chicagoland area that could provide a high-quality cut of meat at a better price. Soon, word of his great business practices and even better butchering spread far and wide, and he had to expand into the wholesale business. He started out by providing great meat to restaurants and hotels in the area, even garnering such success that he had to add his sons to the business to keep up the operation’s demands. It wasn’t long before he was the number one provider of high-quality meats to the top establishments in the state. This got the attention of one particular future customer, one who would change everything.

McDonald’s was a brand that was growing faster than a weed in summer, and they needed to expand their supply chain network. This meant finding top quality suppliers in most of their local regional markets. In the upper Midwest they heard that Otto was the man that they wanted, and soon a partnership was formed that would the food service industry. Within a few years, Otto & Sons had grown to be the sole provider of proteins for the entire McDonalds system in North America. McDonald’s also grew, expanding to many other countries and once again they turned to Otto & Sons, now the OSI group, to help them keep up with the demand that their expanded system had. This led to further innovation and even more global market share for OSI.

Eventually, other food distribution networks wanted to take advantage of the modern techniques, rapid service, quality customer care, great pricing, and exceptional products that the OSI Group had been providing to McDonald’s for years. OSI rapidly expanded their production system to keep up with the new demands and soon found themselves in a formidable position, being the number one provider of proteins to the best food service distributors in the world.

Today the OSI Group employs more than 20,000 people around the world. Their network of production facilities includes 65 properties in 17 countries with more facilities being adds every year and a plan to expand into even more countries in the next few years. The OSI Group has become the number one provider of beef alternative proteins for the Indian market and the number one provider of Kosher & Halal Pork Alternative proteins in the middle east.

One thing is for sure, when Otto Kolschowsky started Otto’s meats more than a century ago, he probably didn’t foresee the path that the business would take, but he would certainly be proud of the legacy that has come from what he started, and would no doubt be looking forward to what the future holds.

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OSI Group Leader Gets Important Award

When it comes to leadership, vision is half the battle. Those who run a business know the importance of being able to offer guidance. They are aware that others look to them. They know they must be able to demonstrate specific skills. This is the case with the Chief Executive Officer of the OSI Group. The OSI Group is one of the world’s most important food providers. They are all about offering their clients ease of access to food choices that customers love. They allow people to pick from choices that people really like eating such pizza, fritters, chili and varied kinds of soups.

Growing a Company

One person who truly understands the world of global food production and delivery is Sheldon Lanvin. He has been integral in helping his company grow from a relatively small company in the Midwest to a much larger company that serves many markets. Today, OSI Group is based in Aurora, IL but they also have many offices across the globe. In the years since the company burst on to the American scene, it has seen increasingly impressive growth. Consequently, the company has been able to expand into new markets and help provide even more opportunities for their employees and their investors.

Honoring Distinguished Achievers

In recognition of Lanvin’s vision, India’s Vision World Academy has honored his achievements. This academy is all about recognizing excellence and rewarding those with a sense of enormous insight. They want to help provide the world of business with an array of models they can admire and emulate. This is one of many reasons why those at the academy have chosen to offer Lanvin a Global Visionary award. The award is about showing people that it is possible to take a vision and make that vision come to life.

Enormous Success

During the last few years, Lanvin has been an important force in many places. In India, he has helped the company become one that has multiple locations that serve the needs of the native population with both employment and access to varied kinds of good food. His vision has helped provide jobs for those who need them here. He was honored at a ceremony that was held in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, an important center of commerce and industry. The event took place on Saturday, February 20, 2016. People met at the prestigous Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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