Founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky, OSI Industries was a small butcher shop, and meat market in Chicago called Otto & Sons. Currently, it has dominated many regions around the world with over 65 partners. With Sheldon Lavin as its CEO, he has focused the operations of the company on food safety, green practices, and sustainability. He is further identifying innovative strategies to grow OSI Industries using market-focused methods. The current CEO of OSI industries is David Mcdonald.
As an experienced investor and banking expertise, David Mcdonald had initiated a drive to succeeding the operations of the company. Being in the company for over forty years, he has been the one on the push for the company’s global growth and success as from the 1970’s. He has often strategically planned his purchases, joint ventures, and acquisitions of other companies that needed mutual benefit and partnership. The green innovations has been his initiative to bring greater purpose of venture for his company. With his time of management, today he is an overseeing an approximate total of over 20,000 employees around the world. He is committed to alleviating degrading environmental effects and ready to promote a sustainable supply chain and healthy contributions to workers and communities throughout the world.
In Lavin’s executive management in 2014, the company had ventured jointly with United Kingdom’s Pickstock. This joint venture had allowed for the expansion of its beef distribution in Europe. Again, it had entered into a joint venture with EDEKA in Germany, which is a popular supermarket chain. This has additionally increased distribution of its products and services. In 2016, OSI Industries bought Tyson production plant in Chicago for $7.4 million under the leadership of the CEO David Mcdonald. This had added the company an abundant storage space, being found on 200,000 square feet of land, and has allowed for growth addition. In the same year, the company acquired Baho Food Company, which produced and distributed ranges of foods and convenience meat products in Netherlands and Germany. This gave OSI Industries a broader global reach to include Deli meats and quick snacks and plans to further make efficient operations for meat processing.
The group had also acquired the Flagship Europe of the United Kingdom in 2016, which distributes a massive amount of products ranging from frozen poultry and sauces to Oliver James pies and sous vide items all over the United Kingdom and Europe. It had given OSI Industries an opportunity to expand beyond frozen and convenience meats to food suppliers, marinades and many other products in the European market. David Mcdonald is working to add more partnerships in Europe and Australia.
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The Mid-West based OSI Food Solutions, which averages $6.1 billion in revenue in recent years is now ramping up chicken production globally. The company, OSI Group, which has been a major supplier for giants such as McDonald’s for decade, has become a prominent name in the food processing and manufacturing industry. In recent years, with major expansions of it’s production and global reach, the company is able to produce more food products than ever before, while spurring employment and keeping a good grip on sustainability.
In 2016 the company bought Tyson Foods’ Chicago based food processing plant for over $7.1 million. According to Kevin Scott, senior executive vice president for OSI North America, the facility will help ramp up production to meet ever-growing customer demand. Another acquisition made by OSI Food Solutions was the purchase of Flagship Europe, a major food processing company that supplies frozen foods, condiments and poultry. In the same year, OSI Food Solutions has also bought out Baho Food, a Dutch food processing manufacturer which supplies snacks, deli meats and other packaged food products. These acquisitions give OSI Food Solutions a greater presence and reach within the Europe market.
In Spain, OSI Food Solutions has doubled its production of chicken products from 12,000 tons a year to over 24,000 tons a year. This is thanks to a new production line and a new processing facility which measures 22,600 square feet. The new production line is helping add more jobs to the market, as well as spur growth in the food sector in Spain. On top of the rampant production, the new facility will boost sustainability greatly due to it’s new equipment which lowers energy consumption by 20%. Aside from sustainability efforts, OSI Food Solutions has maintained good standards and has even won the 2016 Globe of Honour by the British Safety Council. It comes as no surprise why they are in the top 100 privately owned companies in America.
Currently, the OSI Industries is one of the leading food providers worldwide. The company has 20,000 workers and 65 facilities in 17 nations. How the company has grown from its humble beginnings to a central corporate organization is a 20th-century’s significant slice in the history of the American economy. OSI Industries is an organization that is still growing in the ever-changing story of the contemporary, globalized economy. The history of the company is rooted in the experience of the American immigrant. Otto Kolschowsky was then a member of the prosperous Germany immigrant community that was living in Chicago, Illinois. By then Germany immigrants were about a quarter of Chicago’s population. The flourishing city was a center for industry as well as entry points for the Germany immigrants.
In 1909, Otto started a small retail meat butcher and market shop for his community. After a decade, Otto was doing so well that he enlarged business into a wholesale. He moved some of his operations to Maywood, a suburb in Chicago. In the following decade, the company had grown from immigrant, family-based to be rebranded in 1928 as Otto & Sons. The business then rose to become prosperous and stable within the community.
Ray Kroc established the earliest McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines in Illinois in 1955. Before starting this first restaurant, he had had an agreement with the sons of Otto to be the suppliers of fresh beef to the McDonald’s restaurant. As the McDonald group grew so was the Otto & Sons. It was the Otto & Sons that was supplying all the local restaurants of McDonald. Otto & Sons then went through a transition to become the international organization OSI Industries.
OSI and Turi Foods Merge
OSI Industries has merged with Turi Foods to form Turosi Pty Ltd. This merge that is 50/50 will bring to board the Australian poultry farming expertize from Turi Foods with the OSI Industries’ scale and reach to enable Turosi to offer a complete range of food solutions to the market arena. OSI and Turi Foods will continue to run their operations differently while more processed products will continue being manufactured at Victoria’s Broadmeadows. Turi Foods is a family-owned business that is one of the leading poultry processors in Australia. The company supplies poultry products to quick service restaurants, major supermarket, butcher shops, specialty chicken retailers, and roast chicken outlets. OSI is a privately-owned company that supplies protein food solutions to foodservice markets, major quick-service restaurants, and retail outlets in the Asia-Pacific region.
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