How OSI Industries Went From An Immigrant-Run Butcher Shop To A Multinational Meat Company

Less than century ago, the current OSI industries were no more than butcher shop at a street corner, started by a German immigrant family in the outskirts of Chicago. Banking on the economic boom sweeping across the United States at the time, its founder Otto Kolschowsky would steer the butcher shop into a registered company and set it towards achieving global status. A century later, the company has made its way into the world’s top ten meat distributors. Just how did it get here?

Through dedication to quality services

Right from the onset, Otto understood the value of great customer relationships and the heights quality customer service could propel a brand. He would, therefore, build the Otto and Sons brand around quality services. Even after new management under Sheldon Lavin took over its administration, they would continue nurturing this value, and it has played a key role in pushing the company to even greater heights.

Through constant innovation

Advancements in technology have time and again pushed OSI industries towards the edge of extinction. Recent adaptations that the company leadership embraced such as advanced technologies in all spheres of the company’s production processes have gone a long way in guaranteeing its sustainability. Sheldon Lavin, for instance, made upgrading the factory technologies top priority after taking over OSI leadership.

Able leadership

Numerous companies set up at the same time as OSI industries didn’t live long enough to see the turn of a century. However, the visionary leadership of OSI founder and his determination to set up an internationally recognized brand saw it wither numerous challenges including two wars and a global economic recession.

Most importantly, this dream of global dominance never faded even after the company leadership changed hands with Otto’s sons paving the way for Sheldon and his team. Instead, the new generation leaders sought to expound on this international dominance idea by opening up new facilities as well as acquiring major brands from all over the world and incorporating them into the OSI brand.

Ramped up production

In its early stages of development, OSI industries faced production challenges and was unable to meet the market demand. Adoption of quality factory processing technologies, however, saw the company recapture such key clients as McDonald and as they tore the national barriers and ventured to global markets, so did OSI. The company also rumpled up its production and extended its products to more global markets and in effect became a household brand in North America and beyond.