The OSI Group is an American company that’s among the world leaders when it comes to providing the food service and retail industries with custom solutions and quality meat products.
The headquarters of the privately owned meat processor holding company is in Aurora, Illinois, but it has over 65 facilities located in 17 countries worldwide including the Asia-Pacific region, Western and Eastern Europe and North America. In the United States it has plants in Geneva, Chicago and West Chicago, Illinois, Riverside, California, West Jordan, Utah, Oakland, Iowa and Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.
OSI group was founded by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant, in 1909 as an Oak Park, Illinois based family meat market. Today the OSI Group produces bacon, dough, fish, hot dogs, meat patties, pizza, pork, poultry and vegetable products, produces a wide range of private brand label foods as well as co-packing brand name items destined for its numerous foodservice and retail customers. The company also supplies western fast food chains working in China with meat. Forbes lists the OSI Group as the number 58 largest private company with over $6.1 billion in assets.
One of the company’s early major breaks came when it struck a deal with Ray Kroc in 1955 to provide fresh ground beef patties for his growing McDonald’s franchises. The company was chosen because of its reputation for offering quality meat. It’s next major step was acquiring cryogenic food processing technology and opening a high-volume meat plant located in West Chicago in 1973. The plant had specially developed liquid nitrogen freezing tunnels and patty-forming machines. It soon began providing area restaurants and supermarkets with specialty and processed meats through its Glenmark unit.
Otto and Sons changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975. As McDonald’s exclusive meat supplier it prospered and grew along with the burgeoning fast-food giant. The company sold its Glenmark brand to Best Chicago Meat in 2011. Over the years the facilities operated by the OSI Group have received numerous awards for its health and safety risk and environmental management and for the high quality services it provides for the food industry.