Supplying food to millions of people is no easy task. Building an impressive clientele list with Fortune 500 companies is also no easy task. OSI Industries has achieved this feat, and it has done so rather easily. Why, is this company so successful? OSI Industries has a lot going for itself because the company has many specialties. Sourcing, development, distribution and management is what the company does. This is one of the hardest working companies in America, and its track record is a true testament to its success.
In addition to that, OSI specializes in the production of custom foods. Yes, this is 100 percent correct. The company has R&D specialists at all of its main locations. Though it has such a dominating presence in food services, the company is still continuing to grow. The past 10 years has demonstrated this notion perfectly. State-of-the-art facilities, high-capacity production lines and hardworking individuals is the heart and soul of OSI. Thanks to the company’s excellence in environmental management, the British Safety Council has presented OSI Industries with the Globe of Honor Award. Of course, this particular company has won this prestigious award on multiple occasions.
Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of OSI, has brought in ears of financial excellence. This man has a B.S. in Business from Roosevelt University. Sheldon Lavin & Associates was the name of his very own financial consulting firm. “Expansion and diversity is the key to OSI’s future growth,” said Lavin.
Back in 2016, OSI Industries purchased one of Tyson Foods’ processing facilities on Chicago’s West Side. This large facility has more 200,000 square-feet of space, and it’s located close to OSI’s other regional plants. By adding this 200-square-foot facility to the roster, OSI has broadened its manufacturing network even more. This purchase cost the company over $7 million.
As it currently stands, the food processing group called OSI Group has supplied food for major global corporations like McDonald’s from the beginning. Having been founded by a few German immigrants in Chicago in the mid twentieth century not far from Ray Kroc’s founding franchise location of McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois, Otto and Sons renamed themselves “OSI” in order to take on a more professional name which reflected the growth they were incurring at the time and not resemble and mom and pop shop as much. Now they are located in 17 countries worldwide, with 20,000 employees who take on a family approach to business. The Chief Operating Officer, David McDonald, himself has 6 children with his wife Malinda. After the 1975 name change and change of chief to Sheldon Lavin, the company has experienced massive growth that is undeniable. Visit: http://www.osigroup.com/about-us/company-timeline/
OSI Group McDonalds has expanded into the European and Chinese markets with ease, which they credit in large part to their ability to stay private and not go public over the years, as well as the family approach to business which OSI Group McDonalds has maintained. David is quoted as saying that, “It is important to note that, within OSI, we value family. Our people and our customers are viewed as family. The products that we make should be good enough to serve to our respective families proudly.” And so it is from this family perspective that OSI Group McDonalds has approached local Taiwanese companies in order help better infiltrate the Chinese and other Asiatic markets, as well as the integration into the European markets through the acquisition of the Creative Foods Europe group and Baho Group out of the Netherlands. For more information on OSI Group McDonalds, visit their website at Osigroup.com.
OSI Group McDonalds has contributed significantly to the food industry in the past decades. The company, under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin and David McDonald, has grown tremendously. OSI Industries has 65 facilities distributed across 17 countries. It has over 20,000 employees who have worked hard to ensure the company provided their services to millions of people.
Otto Kolschowsky initially founded the company in 1909 under the name Otto and sons. The company has faced many challenges including the Second World War but has managed to overcome and rise to better opportunities over the years. OSI Group and McDonald partnership started when the Kolschowsky son, Author, and Harry entered into a handshake agreement with Ray Kroc back in 1955. Roc Kroc had opened the first McDonald restaurant in Des Plaines Illinois as a Franchises agent for Richard and Maurice McDonald. The agreement was to allow the two brothers to supply fresh grounded beef to the restaurant. After some years, Kroc bought out the McDonald and became the chief executive officer for the McDonald Corporation.
Since then the two companies developed a strong business relationship that has made OSI be one of its primary food producers. Developed in technology helped the OSI Group McDonalds to produce more products for the McDonald restaurant chain.
As their relationship increases, both businesses had to expand to meet the demand. In 1973, OSI Group McDonalds built the first production plant entirely dedicated to catering for the McDonald product line. The plant was located in the suburban city of West Chicago. In 1977, OSI opened another facility outside Chicago to provide for the increasing demand.
The relationship between the two has helped both companies to explore new markets. Both companies have significantly contributed to each other success. McDonald remains OSI biggest client.
Apart from McDonald, OSI Group has many clients around the world. OSI Group McDonalds was the first company between the two to explore new markets overseas. The company has made many partnerships over the years. Recently it expanded its operation into China. The company also has many various acquisitions including Baho Foods and Flagship Europe.
The company was the #58 on the 2016 Forbes list of the largest private companies worth $6.1 billion.
OSI Industries has expanded its operations in different parts of the world. The company seems to have engaged a different gear as far as the expansion of the business is concerned. The last two years have seen increased activity in the local and international market. The company which is led by CEO Sheldon Lavin seems determined to take control of the European food market through the acquisition of some companies and expansion of existing food production activities. One of the initiatives taken by the company is the expansion of the OSI food plant in Toledo. A high production capacity line has been added to boost the production of chicken products.
High demand for chicken products has made the company to take an important step of increasing demand to meet the demand for food products. After the expansion, production of chicken products from this facility will double. From the 12,000 tons produced annually in the past, the plant will have a capacity to produce 24,000 tons of chicken products. The increase will ensure that the market has sufficient chicken products to cover the growing demand for these products. Consumer data from Spain and Portugal show that consumers in this region have recorded a steady increase in chicken products consumption for the past one year. In recent years, the trend has jumped from six percent to eight percent.
OSI Industries want to maintain the number one position as a food production company in the area, and therefore customer satisfaction is key. The company added 22,600 square feet of space which will ensure there is enough space to carry out the new production activities. The overall production capacity from the plant has increased to 45,000 tons annually since the same plant is involved in the production of pork and beef products. OSI Industries has also added a new testing kitchen for the development of new products. This kitchen comes with a new position of product development manager.
OSI Industries continues to create employment opportunities for local communities around the world with the expansion plans. After the expansion of Toledo food plant, 20 more workers will be added. The total employees’ capacity will now be 160. Globally, OSI has employed over 20,000 workers to serve in over 65 food production plants. The operations of the company have expanded to 17 countries around the globe. The management of the company led by COO, David McDonald has a commitment to its customers, of taking the company to all corners of the world.
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The OSI Group is a major provider of global food. OSI Food Solutions programs create strategic partnerships with some of the world’s major retail food service brands. The OSI Group has developed the right type of infrastructure and financial partnerships that have enabled it to become one of the world’s foremost retail food providers.
The company’s success is largely due to their passion for customer service along with their ability to get things done. The company constantly innovates ways to deliver food solutions. The OSI Group offers the following:
- Custom food solutions made to the customer’s specifications
- A complete supply chain that is trustworthy and effective
- Next-gen research and design facilities that can bring new ideas to life
- Best in-class quality assurance and food safety programs
- A commitment to sustainability and lessening the world’s carbon footprint
The OSI Group continually looks for opportunities to expand its operations. An example is their purchase of Baho Food. The Dutch company manufactured deli meats, convenience foods, and various snacks. This strategic move gave the OSI Group a broader European influence.
Another strategic OSI Group purchase includes a 200,000 square foot facility that Tyson Foods operated. This is close to OSI’s Chicago operation and will provide additional infrastructure to enable business growth. OSI Food Solutions currently operates 65 facilities and employs over 20,000 employees.
The company also operates in 17 countries. OSI Food Solutions provide some of the very best high-quality custom food products around the globe. The OSI Group is among the world’s largest privately-held companies. OSI Food Solutions products include hot dogs, pizza, poultry, fish, meat patties, bacon, vegetable products, and much more. The company’s UK division received the Globe of Honor Award in 2016. Britain’s Safety Council issued the award due to OSI’s exemplary environmental management and safey programs.