The Emergence of OSI Industries

OSI Industries is currently one of the biggest food producers in the whole world. It has more than 20,000 employees in their 65 stores located in 17 countries. OSI Industries emerged as a small business to a big corporate business in the country. The history of the global food provider is engrained in the United States immigrant experience. In the 20th century, Otto Kolshcowsky was a member of the German immigrant community living in Chicago, Illinois State. Immigrants of the German origin made a quarter of the population of Chicago city. A Century of Innovation at OSI Group. During this time, Chicago was an industrial center and also an entry point for immigrants moving into the city to cultivate lands.

In 1909, Otto Kolschcowsky established a meat retail store and a butcher shop to cater for the needs of his community. He managed his business very well and within a period of ten years his business had developed into a wholesale business. It expended its business to Maywood, Chicago. In the next one decade, the business emerged as a family business owned by immigrants. In 1928, the business was rebranded and named Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons became stable and continued to properly serve its customers.

During the postwar economic expansion period, a significant business alliance was formed with two tiny family businesses. In 1995, Ray Kroc established the very first McDonald’s hotel in Des Plaines. Prior to opening the official McDonalds, he made a handshake agreement with Arthur and Harry, the sons of Otto Kolschcowsky to open the first franchise supply of fresh ground beef. Later on, Kroc acquired McDonalds and made himself the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the business. In the new business the sons of Otto became the official suppliers of the McDonald restaurants in the region. The family business was thriving and developing into one of the best brands in the world.

In the next twenty years, Otto & Sons, a regional supplier transformed into a global corporation and was named OSI Industries. The main aim of the franchising business was supplying. The main products of the McDonalds were the hamburgers. An increase in demand pressured Otto & Sons as well as other suppliers to produce quality and affordable products that could be ferried to the various restaurants owned by McDonalds. In the late 1960s, technological advancements made the Otto & Sons task easier. Otto & Sons developed into two-track company. The company changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975 and continued with its supply of food products to customers all over the world.

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Fagaili’I Airport

     Fagali International Airport (FGI) is situated a few miles southwest of the town center of Apia, the capital and largest city in Samoa. This small airport has a fascinating history in that it started out as a grass airstrip until it was paved and officially opened in July 2002. However its function was short lived and after some controversy about noise and safety, it was closed in January 2005.

Four years later, Polynesian Airlines reopened it and began regular, internal flights to the island’s five other airports and also to Pago Pago in American Samoa, thus giving Fagali Airport international status.

The island of Samoa is attracting more tourists every year. With a tropical rainforest climate and many historical sites, visitors only have to travel a few miles from Fagali Airport to see 19th Century Colonial churches in downtown Apia located next to 20th Century multi-story buildings.

The Scottish novelist Robert Louis Stevenson spent the last four years of his life on Samoa and is buried on Mt. Vaea overlooking Vailima where he lived. I suspect the island has changed in many ways since the late 19th Century, especially with all the new technology available and Fagali Airport, which transports locals around Samoa and visitors to and from American Samoa.

This small airport plays a large part in the lives of Samoans and has helped bring their island into the 21st Century.