Today’s OSI Group is one of the worlds leading food provider with a massive employment roster in the neighborhood of twenty-thousand employees working out of over 65 facilities across the globe. What many people might not know is the fact that OSI started out as no more than a tiny meat market in the Chicago area town of Oak Park, Illinois. The American immigrant story is at the heart of the story of the development of OSI Group as the original meat market where the firm started was the product of a family of German immigrants the Kolschowsky’s.
After opening in 1909 the family built up a steady business that was strong enough that by the end of World War One, Otto Kolschowshy decided to move into the wholesale meat distribution business. 1928 saw the renaming of the firm under the title Otto and Sons. By the mid-1950s OSI was being run by the sons of Otto Kolschowsky, Arthur and Harry. The two brothers struck up a deal with McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc that would change the face of OSI Group. The company became closely joined with McDonald’s as it became one of the fast-food giant’s major meat providers.
The contract with McDonald’s helped OSI Group to become a major player in the food distribution game and by the 1970s the company had a new face at the top that helped to take the business international. This individual was financial wizard Sheldon Lavin, a consultant who had at first helped Arthur and Harry to finance a major expansion. They liked working with Sheldon so much that he was brought in as a partner. Sheldon helped to spearhead major international expansion that has seen OSI gain its currently worldwide footprint.
OSI has continued its business practice of steady and constant expansion with a recent merger that will join the highly successful Australian poultry processor Turi Foods with OSI. The merger is a huge move for OSI Group in increasing its Australian footprint. Turi is one of the largest processors of poultry products in Australia and supplies many butcher shops, restaurants and supermarkets. The shared ownership that the two companies will enjoy should be a perfect set up for two highly family oriented businesses that are a great fit for one another.
OSI Group recently announced that it was purchasing the Tyson Foods plant, located on Chicago’s South Side. The news came as a great relief for the former Tyson Food Group employees. Tyson sent out a notice this past November that it would be closing its Chicago plant, meaning that nearly five hundred people would be losing their jobs. This would be devastating for those people, most of which live in a modest area of Chicago where jobs can be quite scarce. However, OSI Group came in at the last minute to buy the facility. Most of the former Tyson Food Group employees were offered generous jobs with OSI Group.
The facility in Chicago is over two hundred thousand square feet and employs several thousand people. The OSI Group is now managing the facility. This acquisition is just one of several recent purchases for the OSI Group. The company has seen rapid expansion in recent years. The expansion comes not only to the United States, but across the globe. OSI Group is the world’s biggest provider of health-value foods that is privately own. The company is highly dedicated to expansion and will continue its growth throughout the world. Currently, OSI Group has more than twenty thousand employees, and that number continues to grow on a daily basis. The company owns facilities in over one dozen countries and those facilities number at more than fifty.
If you didn’t know already, one in five pieces of chicken that is consumed in the United States is a Tyson product, which will now be an OSI Group product doing business under the many Tyson Food Group names. These names include prominent names such as Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farms and, of course, Tyson. These brands have been in households for generations. Tyson also works with restaurants throughout the United States and beyond. The company literally works with all kinds of restaurants, from fast casual to the best fine dining restaurants in the country.
OSI Group announced even further global expansion through by purchasing a major stake in Baho Foods. The company is based in Netherlands and has been in business for six decades. The purchase of Baho Foods showcases OSI Group’s dedication to expand not only in America, but throughout the world. Similar to the Tyson Food Group, Baho Foods specializes in the production of meats that include, chicken, sausage, bacon and more.
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The OSI group is one of the large and renowned companies globally in the food industry. The company’s recognition is for the provision of quality food product that meets the consumers’ needs. The OSI group majors in the production of value-added foodstuffs including proteins like beef and sausages. The company additionally also supply sandwiches and pizza to retails stores and foodservice industry globally. The company offers a range of products from organic, natural, healthy, and tasty foods at affordable, and premium prices. The company has over 60 operations running and operating in over seventeen countries including the United States, China, and Europe. OSI group is also the largest privately owned company that deals with processing.
The company’s belief, shared by every employee in the organization is that success in the future days depends on the company’s ability to attract the best and the brightest products. The staff members of the OSI group are not only professionals but also very passionate about their work in providing nothing but the best. There are over eight processing factories globally that deal in processing the raw materials into the value-added quality products.
The company has produced the best product, especially in China for more than two decade decades, therefore, building the reputable brand among the suppliers and consumers. Additionally, the company has assisted in the development of countries economy due to the investments and trade. Having branches and still being the best largest company indicates the ability of the company to recognize consumers’ needs and provide appropriately. The company has passed through many barriers including cultural, government regulations of different countries and continents, and also the consumer’s needs in providing its produces.
The company has employees working in all branches and the employees are very efficient in determining consumers’ needs and preferences. The company partners with clients to find out what preferences and needs they require and also partners with suppliers to seek their opinions before finally producing and delivering goods. The company further ensures continuous product development to better the consumer’s needs.
The OSI group has also partnered with other companies such as DOYOO in creating DaOSI which specializes in poultry operations. The organization also partners with other stakeholders like McDonald subway, Starbucks, burger king among; many others in ensuring clients access their desired products.The company produces quality products due to the availability of built-in x-ray machines in the factories that provides detection of foreign particles. The device also aids in the monitoring process to ensure each operation of production is perfect.
OSI Industries has been a leader in meet manufacturing for many years. The company began as a family-owned business in the Chicago area in the early nineteen hundreds. Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant who started a meat market. He ran the company with his sons and eventually became a supplier of meat to various types of food industry providers within the area.
Otto’s children were running Otto and Sons by the 1950s. They developed a relationship with McDonald’s Organization. This business arrangement would eventually take Otto and Sons to tremendous success. They introduced several groundbreaking concepts to meat manufacturing that endeared them to the leaders at the McDonald’s Organization. The company was selected to be the number one meat provider for McDonald’s. A new facility would need to be built for arrangement to be efficient. Sheldon Lavin was brought in to oversee the evolution.
Sheldon initially started as a consultant. Over time his involvement grew, and he became more hands-on with the business. McDonald’s suggested that Lavin be a full-time partner with Otto and Sons. Lavin eventually provided the vision that would take the family-owned company to worldwide recognition.
Otto in Sons of eventually became known as OSI Industries. It has since grown into a multi-faceted organization that provides a variety of products including ground beef, bacon, hot dogs and vegetable products. It acquired Baho Foods and Flagship Food Group to solidify a presence in the European region. Both of these companies have unique attributes that will benefit the OSI effort. Baho Food Group has several subsidiary companies of its own. Flagship Food Group also acquired another food manufacturing organization. Such moves are the type of growth that Sheldon Lavin has always aspired to achieve.
OSI bought Tyson Foods for 7.4 million dollars. Tyson Foods is a Chicago-based manufacturer that has been around for many years. The company was in jeopardy of closing its doors. The closure would have meant the loss of many jobs for longtime employees. OSI Industries was able to complete the purchase and save people from unemployment. Many of them were offered positions at OSI.
OSI headquarters are in Aurora Illinois. However, it operates plants throughout the Americas. There are also facilities in China. The company was noted as 136th largest privately owned company in the country by Forbes in 2011. That number rose to 58 by 2016. OSI also provides services to Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Subway and Starbucks.
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From its humble beginnings over a hundred years ago, OSI Group has definitely grown to become a global power house of sorts. A leader in the food processing supplying business, the company first started out as a small meat shop in Chicago. Founded by an immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky, he initially named it Otto&Sons. The company operated in this way for nearly four decades when in 1955 it got a breakthrough offer from an another small company known as McDonald’s, as one of their main beef suppliers. Yes, that would be the McDonalds we know of today that dominates the fast food business.
What happened to Otto & Sons meat shop after getting that contract is easy to guess. Things went along that way for a few more decades when one of the bankers the company was dealing with named Sheldon Lavin joined the company. At first, he worked in more of an advisory capacity with the family who was running the company. However, not long after he became a managing partner. And then eventually bought the company outright. Once Sheldon came aboard he began an aggressive expansion overseas by snapping up similar companies in places like England, Brazil, Germany, Spain, and India.
One of the most recent acquisitions is Flagship Europe. Flagship is one of the biggest food service companies in the UK. Some of the foods they supply include but not limited to are poultry items, Oliver James pies, Mayonnaise, sous vide equipment and assorted dressings and sauces. This acquisition not only gives OSI Group a big presence in the UK but in other parts of Europe as well. However, even with all this growth, Sheldon strongly believes the reason behind OSI’s success in international ventures is because the company is mindful of local tastes, customs, and culture. In other words, Even though OSI is a global company, they think local.
Apart from being a food distributor, OSI is also active when it comes to collaborating with technology companies to come up with equipment to help with food hygiene. One example would be machines that can detect foreign objects in food.