Where would the world be without food services? If it wasn’t for this industry, people would literally have to go out and secure their own food. If this business was to actually go out of business, then the world would come to a screeching halt. This statement is 100 percent true because food retailors would literally shutdown. Lucky, we as a people aren’t predicting any shutdowns in the immediate future, and one of the top companies that fuel this industry is located in Aurora, Illinois. This company is worth billions of dollars, it’s one of the largest private companies in the US, and it’s known as OSI Food Solutions.
OSI Food Solutions is kind of looked at as one of the world’s saviors to some degree. This gigantic company produces metric-tons of foods on an annual basis. In 2011, Forbes ranked OSI Food Solutions as the 136th largest private company in America. OSI just so happened to generate over $3 billion in revenue for that year. Two years ago, Forbes ranked the company again. Thanks to its $6.1 billion in generated revenue, OSI had jumped to become America’s 58th largest private company. As you can see, this track is in a vertical direction. OSI Food Solutions was founded back in 1909, and quickly began to make a name for itself. The US was experiencing a boom in small businesses, and the city of Chicago was ground zero for this growth. This is where the company was initially located, and there were hundreds of thousands of German-immigrants that flocked to Chicago’s shoreline. At one point in time, a quarter of the city’s population were people of German decent.
Carl Sandburg, a famous American poet, said that “Chicago is the city of broad shoulders.” This notion is connected to OSI Food Solutions founder because he was one of the relocated German-immigrants.