OSI Group McDonalds has contributed significantly to the food industry in the past decades. The company, under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin and David McDonald, has grown tremendously. OSI Industries has 65 facilities distributed across 17 countries. It has over 20,000 employees who have worked hard to ensure the company provided their services to millions of people.
Otto Kolschowsky initially founded the company in 1909 under the name Otto and sons. The company has faced many challenges including the Second World War but has managed to overcome and rise to better opportunities over the years. OSI Group and McDonald partnership started when the Kolschowsky son, Author, and Harry entered into a handshake agreement with Ray Kroc back in 1955. Roc Kroc had opened the first McDonald restaurant in Des Plaines Illinois as a Franchises agent for Richard and Maurice McDonald. The agreement was to allow the two brothers to supply fresh grounded beef to the restaurant. After some years, Kroc bought out the McDonald and became the chief executive officer for the McDonald Corporation.
Since then the two companies developed a strong business relationship that has made OSI be one of its primary food producers. Developed in technology helped the OSI Group McDonalds to produce more products for the McDonald restaurant chain.
As their relationship increases, both businesses had to expand to meet the demand. In 1973, OSI Group McDonalds built the first production plant entirely dedicated to catering for the McDonald product line. The plant was located in the suburban city of West Chicago. In 1977, OSI opened another facility outside Chicago to provide for the increasing demand.
The relationship between the two has helped both companies to explore new markets. Both companies have significantly contributed to each other success. McDonald remains OSI biggest client.
Apart from McDonald, OSI Group has many clients around the world. OSI Group McDonalds was the first company between the two to explore new markets overseas. The company has made many partnerships over the years. Recently it expanded its operation into China. The company also has many various acquisitions including Baho Foods and Flagship Europe.
The company was the #58 on the 2016 Forbes list of the largest private companies worth $6.1 billion.