Global food processing and distribution company OSI Group is well known for supplying products to some of the biggest food service companies in the world. OSI counts well-known entities such as McDonald’s and KFC among its longtime clients. The food giant started out as a local meat market in Oak Park, Illinois back in 1909. German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky founded OSI Group under the name Otto & Sons and eventually moved into the business of wholesale food distribution. His Otto & Sons company received a huge boost to its business when it acquired the very first contract for the Midwestern expansion of McDonald’s Restaurants in 1955. 1970 saw the arrival of future CEO Sheldon Lavin who has led a massive campaign of national and global expansion over the past 40 plus years. Since the 1970s there have been major changes with the company. For starters, the name was changed to OSI Group in 1975. Expansion across North America soon followed. Soon, OSI was operating in Europe, Asia, and South America. The company of today boasts a global footprint of 80 facilities spread out across 17 different countries. OSI has always and continues to maintain a mantra of growth, expansion and improvement and this has been made apparent with some recent developments within the company.
OSI Upgrades Facilities Domestically and Internationally:
OSI recently took steps to dramatically increase production of processed food in two of its key markets. On the American homefront, a new facility has opened under the OSI banner in Chicago. OSI has purchased the former Tyson food plant and is now operating it under their banner. OSI now has two Chicago area facilities right in its corporate backyard of Aurora, Illinois. The expectation with this acquisition is that production in the Chicago market will double. OSI also made a huge investment in their facility in Toledo, Spain, the result of which has seen a doubling in the production of processed chicken. This is a major upgrade to OSI’s European profile and is certain to help OSI continue in its ongoing mission to provide the very best in customer service.
OSI Acquires Two Major European Food Outfits:
Flagship Europe and Baho Food have joined the OSI Group banner. The expanded line of products that OSI will be able to offer in its European market as a result of these acquisitions is sure to attract plenty of new clients as well as offering exciting new options to OSI Group’s existing base of loyal customers.