OSI Group started as a corner butchery and grew to become the leading multinational food provider. The company is one of the world’s largest food providers, with 20,000 workers at 65 facilities in 17 different nations. Its growth from humble beginnings to become a major corporate company is an important slice of twentieth-century American economic history. OSI is a growing presence in a story that’s still evolving about the modern, globalized economy.
During the turn of the twentieth century, Otto Kolschowsky used to be a member of the flourishing German-immigrant community in CHI, Illinois. In 1909, in Oak Park, which is adjacent to the West Side of Chicago, IL, only 2 years after arriving in the U.S., Kolschowsky opened a small butcher and retail meat market shop to serve the community. Kolschowsky did good business and in ten year’s time, by the time the First World War was ending, he had expanded and gone into the wholesale sector. That included moving operations to Maywood, another Chicago suburb.
Within another ten years, the business had followed a standard storyline for immigrant businesses that are family-based, and it was rebranded in 1928 and became Otto & Sons. From there, the corporation remained a stable and successful local business. Like many others, the company was a small but important part of the community in the United States. By the end of the 1st decade of the twenty-first century, the company was operating a global processing plant network.
The corporate culture of the company emphasized local management teams who were understanding their markets but were able to coordinate with a parent firm that put into play all the resources that were available to the globally scaled food producer only. From Aurora, which is a suburb of Chicago, just thirty miles from the place Kolschowsky opened his small butchery shop, the company emerged and became a diverse and broad multinational corporation.
About Sheldon Lavin
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin as the CEO of OSI Group, the company has grown to other parts of the world. Sheldon Lavin has more than 40 years of practical industry background in global company growth. Since 1970, Lavin has been working with OSI when it was still Otto & Sons. Sheldon Lavin is involved with the RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities) plus other charitable organizations. He won the Vision World Academy’s Global Visionary Award in 2016. The award is presented annually to someone who shows perseverance in business and managed to accomplish their goals.
Rainbow34 September 30, 2018