In 1909 German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky started a small meat market in the suburbs of Chicago. Today the OSI group is one of Forbes Magazines top 100 most highly successful privately owned American business with over 6 billion dollars in revenue.
Kolschowsky died in 1975 at the age of 86, after establishing a prominent legacy in the meat processing industry. That success continued to grow last summer, when the OSI group purchased one of Tyson Food’s processing plants located on Chicago’s South Side.
Some wondered if spending over 7 million dollars for a failing food plant was a good business decision. Tyson Foods had anticipated all the nearly 480 jobs at the facility would be lost when it closed. The purchase has already saved at least 250 of those jobs.
Spokespersons for the Aurora-based food company indicated that the plant would not be closed and that executives were excited to add a facility so close to their main headquarters. By adding the 200,000 square foot facility, the OSI Group will keep job opportunities in one of Chicago’s struggling back yard neighborhoods. The new plant will continue OSI growth as a worldwide distributor of meat products like breakfast sausage, bacon and now quality chicken products.
The global food network employs over 20,000 people around the world in 17 different countries. Purchasing the Tyson plant in Chicago brings the North American total number of plants in operation to a dozen facilities in seven different states. North American operations also include two plants in Canada and one in Brazil.
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