OSI Food Solutions is an American company that currently ranks as one of the leading processed food companies in the world. There international headquarters is located in Aurora, IL, a Southwestern suburb of Chicago. They currently operate over 70 facilities, in over 16 countries.-
OSI Food Solutions were first established in 1909 by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. After he arrived in the United States, Otto and his family opened a meat market in Oak Park, IL. In the late 1910s they expanded their business into a wholesale meat business. In 1928 the company changed their name to Otto and Son’s. For over seven decades they have had a long lasting reputation for producing quality meat products. Otto and Son’s supplied the first McDonalds with the ground beef used to make their patties. They opened their first high volume processing plant in the DuPage County Suburb, West Chicago in 1973. It was during this time that they developed machines to help form the patties, and a liquid nitrogen freezing process to preserve the meat. Otto and Son’s changed its name to OSI Solutions in 1975.
The company has an ever growing commitment to food Safety. The British Safety Council awarded OSI Solutions UK “The Globe of Honour” in 2016; this prestigious honor is given to companies that are able to show great management of the environmental risk. They continue to adopt and integrate new practices for environmental protection, as they continue to make their operations more safe and sustainable. They have continued to receive a maximum five star rating on behalf of The British Safety Council.
In the late 2000s Tyson Foods announced they were closing one of their three Chicago Plants. In early 2016 OSI Food Solutions purchased the Chicago Tyson Foods plant for seven and half million dollars. The Tyson Foods plant had over 300 employees; nearly 250 employees were offered employment by OSI Solutions. The 200,000 square-foot facility gives OSI added infrastructure that will help support their continued growth.
OSI Food Solutions are currently ranked by Forbes as the fifty-seventh largest private company. The company generates revenue of 7 billion dollars annually. They have locations in Chicago, Wisconsin, Utah, Iowa and California. They also operate in countries around the world, in Western and Eastern Europe, and throughout Asia. OSI Food Solutions now have over 20,000 employees. OSI continues to partner with many classic food restaurants, such as Subway, Papa John’s and Pizza Hut. They continue to be a brand that people love and trust.