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The Rise of OSI Group from a Local Supplier to a Global Distributor

Today, OSI Group ranks as the premier food provider in the world, with 65 facilities across 17 countries and 20,000 employees. Its rise from humble beginnings to an award-winning organization has left a mark in the American economic history. OSI Group is a growing presence in the evolving story of a globalized and modernized economy. The history of OSI Group stems in the American immigrant experience. Otto Kolschowsky, the founder of OSI Group, was a member of the booming German-immigrant community at the turn of the 20th century. Otto Kolschowsky was instrumental in the transitioning of the Otto & Sons from a regional supplier to a global corporation, now known as OSI Group.

The core elements of the franchising model were to provide consumers with consistent products. The hamburger was McDonald’s core product, and that pressurized Otto & Sons and other suppliers to offer affordable, customer driven products, and products that could reach to ever-widening McDonald’s food joints while fresh. Fortunately, a technological breakthrough in the late 1960s made this task more affordable and easier than before. It led to a closer relationship between McDonald’s and its foodstuff suppliers. The flash-freezing process in which food suppliers would freeze their supplies quickly using liquid nitrogen created opportunities for cost reduction and product expansion in the food industry.

The close historical ties between Otto & Sons and McDonald enabled it to transition from a regional supplier to a global supplier of fresh foodstuff. In 1973, Otto & Sons built a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to the McDonald’s product line. It would utilize the latest technology for freezing hamburger patties. However, Otto & Sons folded its non-McDonald business aspects to the Glenmark brand, which continued to supply foodstuff to retail markets and local restaurants. Over time, Otto & Son grew into a two-track company, one of the premier local suppliers, and a global supplier of foodstuff to leading corporations across the globe. As parts of this transition and to expand its operations, Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI industries in 1975. OSI now have processing plants in three continents, Europe, America, and Asia.

 

Live Entertainment Production Manager Clay Hutson

After graduating from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater Design, and from the Stephen M. Boss School of Business at the University of Michigan with an MBA degree, Clay Hutson began working in the entertainment industry as a production manager for Get A Grip Touring, a company he’s been with since 1999, and he later became the Vice President of Production for Ronin Event Creative in 2001. Over the years, he has been responsible for putting live shows together for music artists such as Pink, Kanye West, Guns ‘N Roses and Jennifer Nettles. He has also worked as the stage manager for the legendary singer and musician Prince.

One of the things Clay Hutson says he tries to do when helping artists put on an enjoyable live show is take their thoughts and feelings into consideration so that they can create a unique experience for their audiences. He has been known to work tirelessly to make sure that the artists’ stage performances are memorable and fulfilling. He feels that since he has been a part of the entertainment and tour production industry for a long amount of time, he usually knows what’s going to work and what’s not going to work. He expressed that in order to handle his production duties effectively, he likes to stay 3 steps ahead of himself. When he has a tour to work on, he gets out of bed at 6:30 am and goes over his schedule, then he makes detailed plans so he’ll be prepared for what direction he’ll need to take in order to help his clients put on their best shows.

Clay Hutson is currently working on Kid Rock’s Red-Blooded Rock N Roll Redneck Extravaganza Tour, which is the controversial entertainer’s 2nd US tour in 2018, and he’s also managing the 2018 world tour of singer Halsey, which is called The Hopeless Fountain Kingdom Tour. The talented production manager says that one of the trends he is most excited about in the music industry today is the technological advances that are now being used when it comes to live music.

 

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