Entrepreneur, OSI Group

OSI Industries Continues To Push For Growth

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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