Otto & Sons were started up more than 100 years ago today by a German immigrant. Otto started his own meat business in Chicago and over the years he continued to build the company along with the help of his two sons. Today, Otto & Sons has changed its name to OSI under the leadership of new owners, but despite that, it is still bigger than it has ever been and remains one of the kinds in food processing around the world today. In the beginning, the company was focused on meat products only and it stayed that way for several decades before more people came in to consult with Otto & Sons to improve the companies strategies. These days, OSI Group processes many different food products on top of meats.
OSI has been steadily expanding ever since the 50’s when they obtained a contract with McDonald’s. More than that though was the introduction of Sheldon Lavin as a financial advisor for the company. Otto & Sons were able to use Sheldon’s advice to expand on the companies borders greatly since Sheldon was strongly pushing towards the companies globalization. By the late 70’s, OSI Group was started to expand into new countries as well as added new foods to their processing list.
It turns out that one of the biggest tipping points for the company came during the advancement of food preservation techniques. This allowed the OSI Group to freeze huge amounts of meat for their clients, mostly McDonald’s all over the world with relative ease thanks to increased storage time. McDonald’s grew constantly over the years, affording the OSI Group its largest contract for several decades, ultimately contributing to the companies expansion to the international market. Before changing its name to the OSI Group, the company was known as Otto & Sons, which was named after the original owner and his two sons.