THE GROWTH OF OSI GROUP

When Otto Kolschowsky a German immigrant in the US opened a small butcher shop in Oak Park Chicago, he did not know that it would grow into a multinational food processing plant. By the time the First World War was ending, he had expanded into supplying meat in wholesale. This small shop in 1909 was the genesis of OSI Group. In 1928, it was rebranded into Otto & Sons but continued to run as a family business till after the Second World War when the economy started to expand rapidly.

It was at this point that Ray Kroc opened through a franchise agreement from Richard and Maurice McDonald the first McDonald’s restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois. Before opening the restaurant, Kroc had first met with Arthur and Harry, Otto Kolschowsy’s sons and entered into an agreement that they would be supplying ground beef to the restaurant. Within a few years, Ray Kroc bought out the McDonald’s and became its Chief Executive Officer. Supplying its ever-expanding outlets became Otto & Son’s primary objective.

In the late 1960s, freezing food with liquid nitrogen was invented. This invention made the work of Otto & Sons a lot easier and affordable as they could be able to transport their products for long distances without going bad. This was necessary because McDonald’s was widening and its suppliers were under pressure to supply fresh and consistent products to the far-off restaurants. McDonald’s consolidated its supply chain, and Otto & Sons became one of the four suppliers.

In 1973, Otto & Sons opened its first freezing plant in Illinois for producing products for McDonald’s as well as the local market. In 1975, Otto & Sons rebranded into OSI Group due to its rapid expansion and to recognize its core business. The next few years saw OSI Group expand and opened its first plant outside Chicago to match McDonald’s expansion. As OSI Group entered the international market, Sheldon Lavin who had joined it earlier as a partner became its chairman and CEO in the early 1980’s.

Over the years, OSI group has become one of the largest food providers in the world. OSI has also diversified into other non-meat products and has operations in over 17 countries. This expansion has been enabled by its investment in research and development to help in the development of new and better products. Research and development also make sure that OSI’s products are safe and of high quality.

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Meet Accomplished Businessman from Brazil; Roberto Santiago

Entrepreneurs always work hard to realize their investment goals. In Brazil, many accomplished entrepreneurs have accomplished big projects that promote the economy of the beautiful country. Roberto Santiago is one of the accomplished businessmen who has impacted the lives of the residents as well as business players. He is the owner of a top-class shopping mall called Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping Mall. The mall is located in Joao Pessoa city and brought a new experience of shopping and entertainment in the city.

As his home city, Roberto Santiago always wanted to do big projects to impact the lives of residents. He received higher education at the University Center of Joao Pessoa on business administration. Afterward, he began his career at a manufacturing company where he worked for some time and left. He left the company to start his own company that specialized in selling cardboard-made cartons. As the leader of the company, the company made huge profits and grew significantly. With business administration knowledge, Santiago wanted to diversify his investments. With the desire to get to great heights, he ventured into the real estate business in 1987.

As a determined entrepreneur with a vision, he bought a massive piece of land in Joao Pessoa with the aim of developing a world-class shopping mall. He put everything in order, and the construction of the mall began. After several years the construction was done. Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping Mall is the name of the shopping complex. This shopping complex has a theater, restaurants, a college, a gym, a gaming area, financial institutions and many shopping stores. On top of that, it has a parking space that holds around 3000 cars.

Roberto Santiago made sure that the mall provided top quality entertainment services. For that reason, he made sure the shopping complex had a top class hall; Domus Hall, for events like weddings, graduations, conferences and exhibition ceremonies. The hall has a capacity of four thousand sitting individuals, but can hold around ten thousand standing persons. The hall is fitted with high-quality sound systems, air conditioners, and soundproofed walls. Manaira Shopping Mall is the best places for entertainment and shopping in Joao Pessoa and surrounding areas.

Roberto Santiago didn’t stop there when it came to investments. He set up another great shopping mall by the name Mangeira. The mall is no different from Manaira Shopping Mall as they are both diverse and have significant business impacts. Both malls are providing employment and business opportunities to residents of Joao Pessoa and surrounding areas. Services and goods are highly affordable at the malls. This ensures city residents enjoy the new shopping and entertainment experience thanks to Roberto Santiago.