Osi Industries – Standing the Test of Time

Early last year, Osi Group celebrated over a hundred years of innovation in food processing. The celebrations were worthwhile seeing that Osi Industries has grown from a corner butcher to one of the biggest food providers  in the world. Today, the company’s labor force stands at 20,000, spread across its 65 facilities in 17 countries. The history of Osi Group has deep roots in the American immigrant experience. Otto Kolschowsky was one of the booming German-immigrants in Chicago, Illinois. Besides being a center of industry, the growing city served as an entry point for immigrants who were making their way to the west to begin farming on the plains. Two years after arriving in the US (1909), Otto established a small retail meat market, as well as a butcher shop to serve the needs of his community.

Within a decade, the entrepreneur had done a fantastic job with his outstanding establishment, and by the end of the First World War, he was serving wholesale clients – a growth that led to the opening of another business in Maywood, a Chicago suburb. By 1928, the company rebranded to Otto & Sons. The decade that followed saw Otto & Sons enjoy tremendous success and stability, and this continued even during after the Second World War. When the post-war economic expansion was starting to take shape, the sons of Otto, Harry, and Arthur, allied with one of the world’s most renowned brands, McDonald’s, which was founded by Ray Kroc. As McDonalds grew, so did Otto & Sons. The change from a regional supplier to a global supplier occasioned the renaming of the company to Osi Group.

One of the core elements of the franchising model by Kroc was to ensure the delivery of a consistent product. McDonalds’ core product was hamburgers. As such, Osi Industries was under pressure to produce affordable, consistent and consumer oriented products capable of reaching the ever-growing McDonald’s restaurants. During the late 1960s, a technological breakthrough enhanced the relationship between Osi Group and McDonald’s. Osi Industries discovered flash freezing. A cryogenic food processing method, flash freezing entails rapid freezing of foods with the help of liquid nitrogen. The discovery created not only fresh opportunities for product expansion, but also the reduction of costs within the food industry.

Thanks to this growth, the close historical ties with the restaurant, and the personal friendship between Kroc and Otto’s sons, Osi Industries became one of the four core suppliers of McDonald’s. It is difficult to tell the story of Osi Industries without mentioning the early identification of growth opportunities, superior client relationships, and most importantly, technological innovation. Today, Osi Group continues to grow. The company focuses its efforts on sustainability as well as environmental effects of modern food production.

Stream Energy’s Charitable Foundation Helps Harvey Victims And The Homeless

Stream Energy, a direct sale energy company based in Dallas, Texas, was recently featured in an article on Patch for solidifying their commitment to compassion and community. Where most lucrative businesses focus solely on profit margins and bottom lines, Stream Energy has chosen to shift its priorities towards customers in crisis after the surrounding area was affected by hurricane damage.

When hurricane Harvey tore through the Texas coast, the area was devastated. The rain and wind were relentless as those near and far stood powerless to help. It was the kind of severe natural disaster that leaves many people displaced and their lives forever altered. Loved ones and pets were lost as public and private property damages soared. No one could stop it from happening, but when the rains eased and the damage was surveyed there was a company ready to act. Stream Energy did not hesitate to provide their assistance through their charitable foundation known as Steam Cares.

Community outreach and support have been and integral part of the Stream Energy business model for over a decade. This commitment is the entire reason There is a charitable arm of such a profitable company. Their financial successes have allowed them to partner with and give back to the community that supports them. Their partnerships with organizations such as Habitat For Humanity and the Red Cross have helped make them a particularly effective partner in combating the issue of homelessness in the Dallas area.

To deliver aid and supplies to those in need after the hurricane, Stream Cares teamed up with the Hope Supply Co. It was through this partnership that food and supplies reached the families in need of it. This act of kindness and generous contributions like it make the highly profitable energy company is helping give Texans the hand they need while they recover from the aftermath of Harvey and beyond.

https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20171205005370/en/Stream-Brings-Energy-Services-Delaware

Shervin Pishevar’s Two Cents On The Recent US Stock Exchange Market Drop

After his long absence from Twitter, Shervin Pishevar recently came back with a bang and served his followers with fifty messages on his famed 21-hour tweet storm. Even though he stands out on social media as a man of many words, it seems he had been plotting a comeback for a while. He was waiting for the perfect subject to come up so he could jump back into action. Even though his fifty tweets touched on other subjects, they mostly revolved around the recent drop in the US stock market exchange.

Shervin Pishevar had some bad news for stock traders, and he claimed that things would go from bad to worse before the market could stabilize again. In his fourth tweet, he urged them to scramble for safety before it’s too late. According to the business guru, with all the gains that the traders had accumulated in 2018 gone, he believes that the profits they had accrued in 2017 will soon follow suit if they don’t pull out thanks to the skyrocketing interest rates, escalating credit account shortages and tax giveaways.

Government bonds are overrated

Shervin had more than one reason for his firm belief that the US’s stock market will continue to decline and he was more than glad to share them. Besides the reasons mentioned earlier, he went on to add that times have changed and bonds are no longer what they used to be and as such cannot be used to correct the situation. In fact, Shervin Pishevar compared them to ineffective overused tools.

Exported inflation

He also believes that no amount of efforts to isolate America’s economy from the global economy will help correct the current status of the stock market because according to him, inflation has for decades and is still being exported from the American economy. He also went on to crash the hopes of traders who had thought of seeking refuge in Silicon Valley. He said that it lost its glory long ago and was no longer a place but any other viral idea. During the fifty messages tweet storm, Shervin Pishevar touched on various issues affecting the stock exchange market such as immigration, bitcoins, bonds, growth in China and SpaceX.

http://thisweekinstartups.com/shervin-pishevar-on-this-week-in-startups-212/