OSI Group started out as a small retail meat shop in Chicago, Illinois in 1909 and, since then, has grown into a global powerhouse. Throughout 17 countries and 65 facilities, the company employees over 20,000 people. However, the company’s growth didn’t happen overnight, instead, it took decades of hard work and calculated decisions. Perhaps the decision that set them onto a global path was their partnership with Ray Kroc, who opened the first McDonald’s in Illinois and eventually purchased the franchise from Richard and Maurice McDonald. OSI Group, at the time was known as Otto & Sons, and they became the primary provider of ground beef when the Kroc opened the Illinois location.
After Kroc purchased the McDonalds franchise, providing the meat for all of the restaurants locations within the region became their primary job. From this point forward, the company continued to grow and thrive. As technology advancements were made, it quickly became apparent that name Otto & Sons no longer represented the business; therefore, the name was changed to OSI Industries in 1975. With this name change came a number of other changes. For example, for the first time, they hired someone outside of the family, Sheldon Lavin, to take on the leadership position. Lavin became the CEO in the early 1980s and it was his experience and expertise as a great investor that would spur the OSI Group into another phase of growth.
As it stands today, OSI Group is one of the largest companies in the United States; they are ranked number 58 on the Forbes list of largest private companies; the company has sales over $6.1 billion dollars; and, with locations in places like China, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, and among others, Poland the company is widely considered one of the world’s most fundamental and important providers of food.While continued growth will likely remain one of OSI Group’s main goals, they also believe it is their responsibility to protect the environment. Their sustainability and environmental efforts haven’t been left unnoticed; in 2016 they won the California Green Business Award and the British Safety Council recognized them with the Global Honour Award, and, in 2018 the North American Meat Institute recognized the company with the Environmental Recognition Award.