If you want a perfect example of the American dream in action, look no further than the story behind a company called OSI Industries. It all begins with the story of a humble, hardworking German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. He moved from Germany to Chicago, which had a huge population of German immigrants at the time. In fact, people of direct German descent made up about a quarter of the city’s population.
Chicago attracted so many immigrants in those days because it was a bustling center of business where industry and ingenuity combined to make a city that Carl Sandburg referred to as the “City Of The Big Shoulders”. This name was given due to the large numbers of industries that were based there, including butchers and other meat processing businesses, tool makers, and agricultural products.
It was this bustling immigrant metropolis that Otto Kolschowsky entered in 1907. Two years later, he was ready to open up his own butcher shop in the west side. What started out as a humble neighborhood butcher shop gradually grew over the next decade, under the watchful eye and skillful hand of a master butcher. By the end of the first world war, he had expanded and become a wholesaler of quality meats. As part of this effort, he expanded into Maywood. In 1928, having become a family business, the butcher shop was renamed “Otto and Sons”. It was this family business that would later become OSI Industries.
Everything changed for Otto and Sons when they formed a crucial partnership with an up and coming restauranteur named Ray Kroc. You may not know who he is, but you should. He was the man who took McDonald’s from a local hamburger hole and turned it into the monetary powerhouse that it is today. And from the very start, Otto and Sons (now called OSI Industries) have been supplying all of meat.
After their recent merger with Turi Foods, the company is on track to continue expanding and acquiring. Turi Foods is one of Australia’s biggest producers of poultry products, adding a whole new dimension to the company’s profile. While you may not have heard of OSI Industries, you might want to thank them because you have probably been enjoying their products for a long time.