When the average person thinks of a company that plays a part in their everyday life many names come to mind. Big names such as Facebook and Microsoft may top the list, but there are many examples of major companies who work diligently with little public recognition. One of the greatest examples of this an underground titan of industry is the food processors at OSI Industries.
OSI started humbly over 100 years ago in 1909 by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky. For almost fifty years he developed this company with his sons and became a reputable wholesale meat provider in the city of Chicago.
In 1955 everything changed. At the time, both OSI and McDonald’s were fledgling companies with a lot to prove. Ray Kroc shared his big dreams and Ambitions with Otto, an auto was prepared to do everything he could to serve this new restaurant’s needs. With nothing more than a handshake agreement, Ray Kroc and the sons of Otto Kolschowsky began one of the most successful long-term partnership and US business history.
As we all know McDonald’s became an instant success and spread across the country. Because of the mutually shared ambition between Otto’s sons and Ray Kroc, both companies were able to stay ahead of the competition and continue to provide fresh burgers at a price none of their competitors could touch.
In the 1960s cryogenic freezing was being developed for the food service industry. This allowed the company drastically increase their stake McDonald’s. They went from being one of 200 different meat providers to being one of just four companies providing beef and processed patties for McDonald’s.
The leaders at OSI were still not satisfied. They saw the future in McDonald’s and focus their efforts entirely on providing for them. In 1973 they invested in research and development, enabling them to open their first high-volume meat processing plant. This upgrade included custom developed Patty for as well as liquid nitrogen freezing tunnels to specifically serve McDonald’s needs. Just two years later in 1975 to became the sole provider for McDonald’s and have maintained a strong relationship ever since.
What makes a story uniquely American is how strong the trust between these two companies have been. What started as a handshake agreement between two men has become a global phenomenon serving billions of customers each and every year. It is a true testament to the opportunity that is out there, as well as how much goes on behind-the-scenes.
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