OSI Group got its start as a humble butcher shop in Chicago, Illinois. The butcher shop was founded by Otto Kolschowsky. Mr. Kolschowsky was a German immigrant who settled near Chicago, Illinois.
Over the year OSI Group has changed its name many times. Ray Kroc of McDonald’s was one of the first business partners of OSI Group. The business relationship began with a handshake between the sons of Otto Kolschowsky and Ray Kroc.
David McDonald has worked with ODI for more than three decades. He began life on and grew up on an Iowa farm. This is considered to be a life lesson that he carried with him to OSI.
Mr. McDonald is a graduate of Iowa State University. He is a member of the ISU Alumni Association. He lives near OSI headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. He is married with 6 children. The oldest 2 children are currently students at ISU.
Mr. McDonald is the Chief Operating Officer and president of OSI Group. He began his career with OSI as an intern for the current chief executive officer Sheldon Lavin. When he gained enough experience with the company he moved up.
OSI is one of the largest privately owned businesses with headquarters within the United States. Forbes magazine estimates OSI to be worth over 1 billion dollars. This is not bad considering the company started as a humble butcher shop by Kolschowsky.
OSI is considered one of the leaders in food production. They grew from a small single owner butcher shop buy a German immigrant to a large-scale food production facility. They have offices in more than 17 countries.
In the 1970s OSI began to invest heavily in cryogenic freezing technology. OSI group became the name in the 1980’s and 1990’s after Sheldon Lavin took over offices as CEO.
OSI and David McDonald as the COO are only going to move forward from here on out. The company expects to expand its operations and even more countries than it has now. Mr. McDonald is going to continue his career with OSI. OSI and Mr. McDonald have both received many awards.