On April 8, 2019, OSI Group the food processing giant announced the acquisition of Rose Packing Company Inc., a leading producer of pork products for foodservice and retail customers
Rose Packing company is a family-owned business that has stood the test of time(Somewhat like OSI group). It currently is an operation of 700 employees.
The merger with Rose Packing Company will further solidify OSI’s position as a global leader in the meat processing industry and add substantially to OSI’s current 20,000 employees in 65 facilities across 17 countries.
In 1909, a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky opened a family meat and butcher shop market in Oak Park, to serve his community. The business expanded into the wholesale meat sector and by 1928, it was named Otto & Sons.
In 1955, the early days of MacDonald’s and the franchising business model, Ray Kroc, who was at the time, a franchise agent made a handshake agreement with Otto Kolschowsky’s sons, which stated that the brothers’ company would be MacDonald’s major supplier of ground beef.
When Ray Kroc became CEO of MacDonald’s a few years later, Otto & Sons serviced the fast food’s companies meat needs. As MacDonald’s business expanded across the US, so its number one meat supplier’s business expand with it.
New technology in the 1960s: flash freezing-cryogenic food processing, a process of quickly freezing food with nitrogen made food processing more cost-effective and Otto & sons the precursor of OSI group more profitable.
In 1973, Otto & Sons built its major meat plant in West Chicago. The facility was fully equipped with Nitrogen freezing machines to service MacDonalds huge and growing demand for hamburger patty. In 1975 the company was renamed OSI industries.
In 1977 OSI ventured outside Chicago, first to Utah and then to other parts of the US. This trend continued for the next decade. Since the late 1980s, OSI has been expanded into Europe, Asia, and South America.
OSI group is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois in the United States.
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