OSI Industries Growing a Century of Innovation

Otto Kolchovsky began his adventure in America when he moved to Chicago and settled in the German immigrant neighborhood of Oak Park. The year was 1909. IN March of 1909 William Howard Taft has inaugurated the 27th President of the United States and on May 16th Pope Benedict XV formally canonized Joan of Arc and declared her a Saint; lastly, Ty Cobb, hits 2 home runs on July 15 against Washington.

These are some of the events that surrounded Otto Kolchovsky’s first days in America. While settling into the German immigrant community Otto came up with the idea to start a meat packing company with his sons. Eventually, Otto names his little company Otto & Sons.

Fast forward 46 years and Otto & Sons had become prominent and successful enough to enter into an agreement with Ray Kroc for his new brand of hamburger stand known as McDonald’s. Otto & Sons would be the sole providers of hamburger meat to the new franchised store. That was 1955 when Otto and his Sons got their first big break, but things didn’t stop for them.

In 1973 Otto opened his first USA plant which he dedicated for serving McDonald’s. When did Otto & Sons become OSI Industries? It was recorded that in 1975, after success with McDonald’s that Otto changed the name of the company to OSI Industries; it is a name which is the same nearly half a century later.

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For 100 years OSI have kept the same trusting commitment to their clients as was kept by Otto and his Sons back in 1909. Much has changed today, but OSI Industries continues to provide innovation and added technology to the process of meat packing. OSI Industries has spread out from its original intent of packaging beef to packaging poultry and nonmeat products.

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