The modern world and the world of a century ago are almost completely unrecognizable when you place them together. So much has changed in the past century. The global political structure has shifted dramatically, while at the same time technology has brought everyone just a little closer together. An individual can communicate with someone across the world in seconds. The ability to reach far off regions has lead to the raise of global corporations. OSI Group is among those companies in the food sector. A recent Chronicle of the Week article discusses the history of this century old company.
OSI Group is presently one of main food distributors across North America and Europe, but they did not attain this status until just recently. The company opened its doors on the streets of Chicago in 1909. It was operated by a man named Otto Kolschowsk, who had a sixth sense for success. He spent over 20 years building up the business as a cornerstone of the local market. However, his declining health caught up with him in 1928. He transferred ownership to his children, and likewise the business was renamed to Otto & Sons. The business continued to grow into the 1950s when everything took a sudden turn for the later half of the 20th century.
In a re-energized post war economy, Ray Kroc was a man on a mission to develop a new fast food chain. It was going to be named McDonald’s, and he needed a local meat supplier to help get it off the ground. This was the genesis of OSI Group. A national, and soon to be internationally, operated distribution network that brought meat all across the country. New technology allows for goods to be shipped safer and for longer duration. OSI Group quickly rose to become one of the most pivotal companies at the turn of the century.
OSI Group has continued to strengthen their hold on the market through buying international companies, and developing new planets back home. They are ready to handle whatever economic conditions, and the competition that might arise at any moment.