OSI Food Solutions can trace its roots back to 1909. That’s when Otto Kolschowsky opened his local butcher shop. Little did he know that shop would evolve into an international distributor of chicken, pork, and beef.
The company has been growing since its creation. First, Otto turned his local shop into a wholesaler. Next, when his sons took over, they secured a partnership with McDonald’s, which enabled them to eventually reach an international market. Today, they are operational in 17 different countries and have nearly 70 factories.
OSI Food Solutions has been successful because they are always moving forward, never settling for what they have. They are always purchasing new properties, factories, and moving to new locations.
Old Tyson Plant
Originally based out of Chicago, it makes sense for OSI Food Solutions to invest in their own state – Illinois.
Their reason for the purchase was to gain more infrastructure in order to continue growing; however, several people will remain employed thanks to the decision to purchase the plant.
The plant had almost 500 workers at one point. Just before closing down it had around half that number. Thanks to OSI Food Solutions, many of these people will continue working at the factory.
The Globe of Honor
The Globe of Honour is given to companies that exhibit greatness in regards to environmental management. In 2016, OSI Food Solutions, along with 17 other companies, was awarded the Globe of Honour. This is the third time that OSI has won the award, receiving it in 2013 and 2015 as well.
OSI also purchased Baho Foods in 2016, furthering their outreach. “Adding Baho Food to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe,” said David McDonald, the president and COO of OSI. He explained that they purchased the company because Baho’s portfolio of products and brands complements the strengths of OSI’s business model.