OSI Group is today an international food processor with an impressive range of abilities in both production and culinary creation. Their method of global expansion has been very strategic in nature and highly effective as well. The 65 facilities in 17 countries they operate give witness to this as well as approximately 20,000 employees. It would have been hard to imagine all of this around the year 1909.
Otto Kolschowsky was a German immigrant who settled in Chicago where he opened a butcher shop and meat market shortly after arriving. He began serving the local community and in particular many other Germans who had also emigrated. His business was successful and eventually expanded when he ventured into the wholesale meat industry.
His two sons also participated in his trade and they were eventually called Otto & Sons. For many years they were a successful strand in the fabric of the community in this fashion. They were small and yet a significant part of the lives of local residents.
When Ray Kroc came calling things changed immeasurably for Otto & Sons in the mid-fifties. He was searching for a meat supplier for the first McDonald’s location that was planned for Des Plaines, Illinois. This restaurant became the first one of the new franchise model that was taking root in America. With a handshake agreement, an amazing relationship was begun that continues to this day.
The business of Otto & Sons took off as the number of McDonald’s franchises expanded at a rapid pace. The two companies grew together and eventually an entire plant was devoted to supplying burgers for McDonald’s. This happened in 1973 as a key executive came on board to help. Sheldon Lavin displayed great expertise in banking and investing to help bring this about. He would also become the CEO of OSI Group in the not too distant future.
Otto & Sons changed their name to OSI Group in 1975 as all the original family members retired. The new name reflects the global nature of the business and also acknowledges their history with the Kolschowsky family as their founders.
Sheldon Lavin brought with him an intuitive understanding of the opportunities for global expansion. He became the visionary that helped guide OSI Group to unprecedented levels of growth around the world. Their expansion has been on a regular basis and very strategic in nature. They have excelled in crafting partnerships with top food brands in Europe and Asia as well as other places.
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OSI Group LLC a processed food distributing organization acquired Tyson Foods, a company based in Chicago, in the amount of $7.4 million as per the documents submitted at the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.
As of November 2016, Tyson Foods revealed that 480 people lost their jobs when it ceased to operate on October 1, 2016. On June 2, during its final day of production only 250 employees were left, according to Caroline Anh, and most of them got an employment offer from OSI.
The reason given by Tyson Food officials for closing the facility was that the company was unable to meet the evolving demands of the consumers. The two other Chicago facilities of Tyson at 3548 N. Kostner Avenue and 400 S. Jefferson St. are still actively operating. Kevin Scott, OSI North America’s Senior Executive Vice President, said that the Tyson Foods facility increases OSI’s ability to sustain the changing needs of the company’s clients. And the management is eager to have the facility join the growing OSI Group LLC production chain.
Aside from the acquisition of Tyson Foods, OSI Food Solutions Spain added an extension of its product line that resulted in the increased yield of chicken products from a past annual output of 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons at present.
The Managing Director for OSI Spain, Jose Maria del Rio, stated the investment for the extension is an acknowledgment for the increasing request for chicken foodstuffs in Portugal and Spain. He explains that the need for chicken products in the cited region has increased by six percent yearly and the company is prepared for the steady rise in sales.
As an international company, OSI Group LLC credit its overall success to the diligent efforts of its employees, which is why the company strives to make the working environment challenging and stimulating with numerous opportunities for rewards.
For more than a century, OSI Group LLC has been distributing quality food products, and at present, the company is well-known for its commitment, dedication, and innovation that come from its all-encompassing and diverse labor force. The company hires individuals who pursue ground-breaking resolutions, have passion and has a similar belief with the company that everyone can make a difference.
As an employer who gives everyone an equal opportunity, OSI Group LLC does not practice racial discrimination in its hiring process. An applicant will be hired based on his or her qualifications that are appropriate with the requirements of the job.