Some interesting news has been released recently that covered an important merger between OSI Group and Turi Foods, which formed Turosi Pty Ltd. The merger will combine the expertise of both companies so that can help to better serve their customers. Turi Foods is known for their poultry farming in Australia and will be looking forward to working with OSI who will be able to offer Turi a much increased reach. The companies will continue to run their facilities in Victoria, Geelong, and Thomastown, and the merger was a success partially because of the work of Grant Thornton. Both companies have a sterling reputation and expect great things to come from their combined efforts. OSI Group was founded in 1909 by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky.
The company started out as a small deli and meat market that served the west side of Chicago but rapidly grew as it became more popular. The business prowess of Kolschowsky and his sons, who he brought into the business, allowed the company to secure a deal with McDonald’s before the fast food giant was even a fraction of what it is today. As one of the earliest suppliers of meats and food products for McDonald’s OSI Group cemented in a business partnership that lasted for years to come and through the current day. Otto & Sons was the name of the company before the 1970’s. During that decade many favorable changes took place within the company, and along with changing its name to OSI Group, the brothers also hired on Sheldon Lavin, who eventually became the CEO of OSI.
From the start, Lavin had a mission to expand the company as quickly and efficiently as possible, and part of its original expansion efforts saw OSI building new plants in the United States and then overseas. Today, OSI Group is one of the largest American food companies, which operates all over the world. OSI continues to expand while focusing inward, at the same time, on ensuring that its operations are sustainable and as friendly to the environment as possible. If Otto Kolschowsky could have seen into the future, he would be mighty proud of his little business from the west side of Chicago that is now a global force to be reckoned with.