The McDonald’s franchise is one of the largest restaurant chains in the world. Since the food awareness movement began, more people have looked into where McDonald’s foods come from. For nearly a century, they’ve partnered with OSI Group, one of the most successful privately held companies in North America.
Since the early 1900s, OSI Group McDonalds steadily grew into the multibillion-dollar conglomerate it is today. Continuing OSI’s massive success is David McDonald, the current President and COO. When he first joined OSI, he was a fresh-faced college graduate who started out as an inexperienced, eager project manager.
When OSI first opened, it was a local butcher shop, only supplying meats to a few restaurants. The German immigrant that opened the shop in Chicago never would’ve thought his company would be as successful as it today. Much of that success comes from a partnership OSI formed with then-novel McDonald’s restaurant.
Before teaming up with McDonald’s, OSI dominated the regional meat-supply industry. It’s that dominance that attracted McDonald’s founders. No one wanted to work with the amateur fast-food restaurateurs, but OSI took a chance. Over a quarter-century later, OSI Group McDonalds are two of the biggest names in food.
Today, David McDonald leads OSI Group and its many subsidiaries. Having worked at the company in some form since his first job, it’s no wonder he has a handle on all aspects of the business. Before joining OSI Group McDonalds, everyone believed McDonald would do great things.
OSI executives choose David McDonald because he was deeply connected to American Midwest as their founders were. The German family that started OSI, the Kolschowskys, originally named the butcher Otto & Sons. It was Otto’s sons that decided to partner with the up-and-coming McDonald’s restaurants. With the help of Ray Kroc, the two seemingly neighborhood companies started the world’s strongest partnership.
The OSI Group McDonalds relationship is, by far, a testament to Otto Kolschowsky’s sons. They were smart enough to get in on something special.