OSI Industries was originally the creation of Otto Kolschowsky who was a German immigrant that came to Chicago in the early 1900’s to find his fortune. He knew it would take hard work and dedication to build a business in the city and founded his small meat market and butcher shop in 1909. It didn’t take long for him to begin to expand his business into wholesaling along with what he already offered, and as he hired his sons on, the company just took off. The company eventually changed its name to Otto & Sons and then changed it again during the 1970’s to OSI Industries.
OSI Industries has been dedicated to expanding itself on domestic and international level and has done a lot during the last half decade to fulfill this mission. Sheldon Lavin came on with the company during the 1970’s, and he has been a dynamo in the way that he has helped it to grow. One of the most recent moves that the company made was in Chicago where it purchased a facility that was being abandoned by Tyson Foods. The new plant included 200,000 square feet of room to operate in and has helped the company to increase its production in the U.S.A. It also helped provide infrastructure and support to its other nearby facility as well as its operations in the nation at large.
To help with its overseas expansion and especially the company’s growth in Europe, OSI Industries acquired Flagship Europe. The UK food company distributes frozen poultry, pies, sauces, marinades, dressings, dips, and sandwich fillings to customers in the region and has been renamed Creative Foods Europe recently to better capture what it does. A Creative Foods Europe spokesperson commented on the purchase by saying that the acquisition would improve what it has to offer. OSI representatives were also happy with the acquisition and commented that it would help with its mission to move into new territory.
OSI Industries operates in out of locations all over the globe and expects to see itself expanding into new regions on a yearly basis. The company employs thousands of people and is an equal opportunity employer that treats its workers like family members. By offering customized food solutions to all of its customers, OSI ensures that its varied clientele base can offer exactly what it is their customers are craving. The future looks bright for OSI as it does for all of its customers, as well.