While OSI Industries may have started as a small butcher shop in Chicago, they have grown over the years to be one of the leaders in the food production industry around the world. The food production powerhouse that supplies corporations such as McDonald’s was started in 1909 by a German immigrant named Otto Koshowsky. Chicago was known as the “Hog Butcher of the World” by Carl Sandburg in 1914. At the end of World War I, Otto Koschowsky grew his business into a wholesale market and moved from the Oak Park to Maywood, a suburb of Chicago.In 1928, the immigrant-owned business was renamed to Otto & Sons as his children became more involved with the operating side of the family business.
As a wholesale market, Otto & Sons remained relatively stable for decades until things changed for the company after World War II. Otto’s sons had made a deal with Ray Kroc, who would later become the Chief Executive Officer of the entire McDonald’s chain, to supply his restaurants at a time when he was only a franchise owner. This handshake agreement was honored by Kroc and Otto & Sons knew that they would need to drastically change their production and shipping processes in order to meet the growing demand of the quickly growing business. As McDonald’s grew, it would become one of the main factors in Otto & Sons becoming the global corporation known as OSI Industries.
OSI Industries has been growing quickly since the turn of the century and their President and Chief Operating Officer of more than 3 decades, David McDonald, has been an essential player for the company. The Iowa State University graduate earned his bachelor’s in Animal Science at the school and has provided several internship positions at OSI Industries for their students. To this day, McDonald continues to be devoted to the school by participating in their Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative as well as financially supporting the scholarship fund of Alpha Gamma Rho. The philanthropist won the Emerging Philanthropist Award from the Iowa State Foundation for his considerable efforts helping the students and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.