OSI Industries, a food producing company based out of Aurora, Colorado recently bought Tyson foods in a $7.4 million transaction. When the Tyson Foods company first announced it was closing, it claimed that 480 positions would be let go. In the end, only 250 positions remained when OSI Industries took over. OSI kept as many positions as it could, offering positions to the original employees that worked for Tyson Foods. Their spokeswoman Caroline Ahn said that OSI’s position was to continue production as they normally would during the transition period.
OSI Industries was started by a man who was a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. He started the company in Illinois where he sold meats. By 1917 he had branched out to expand business in Chicago. Renamed Otto & Sons, this company remained the same providing quality meats to the family until 1955. A small family-owned company was the way that the brothers worked and they weren’t about to change their ways as the years passed. The business was handed down and continued to be a game changer in the meat industry for families everywhere. Then in 1955 expansion began. It was a game changer for the idea of a family-owned company. While it was still family owned, it was becoming readily apparent that it had to expand.
That year they began the process of creating what foodies today know as McDonald’s. In fact, to this very day, McDonald’s is supplied by the company. Their meats were game changers for the fast food industry. It made fast food fast. It never sacrificed quality either as it developed the freezing and transportation system for the hamburgers and other meats later on. As the company that modernized the flash frozen beef patty for use in restaurant’s like McDonald’s, they began to expand further in the seventies to include all of the foods that they now supply today. They provide meats and vegetables to several restaurants and other foods companies to this day.
The future of OSI Industries will continue to grow and expand, now helping other companies that were in danger of failing, to become viable once more. When you consider how good the company is and has been since the beginning, it’s little wonder that Tyson foods felt safe working with them for the purchase.
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