Aurora, Illinois based company OSI Industries is one of the leading meat processing operations in the world. The company supplies some of the largest retail and food service companies in the industry. The company got its start over 100 years ago when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened his family operated meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. Otto originally called his business Otto & Sons and he steadily expanded his business over its first few decades of operation. In 1955 Otto & Sons became the supplier of ground beef patties for McDonald’s restaurants during the restaurant chains expansion into the Midwest. OSI continues to supply McDonald’s to this day as well as fast food icon KFC. In 1970, Otto & Sons hired financial consultant Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon would go on to become OSI’s Chairman and CEO and his vision for the company has helped it to grow into a global powerhouse. The company changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975. The 1970s and 1980s were a time of huge expansion for OSI Industries as the company expanded its operations to countries all over the world. Today’s OSI operates in 17 countries worldwide and has recently expanded their operations in Europe through investment in current facilities as well as the acquisition of several great European companies that have been added to the OSI family.
Major upgrades have recently been made to OSI’s facility in Toledo, Spain. The company has made a €17 million investment in the facility that has seen the production of processed chicken expand from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons per year. Overall meat production of beef, pork and chicken products is up to 45,000 tons per year. The goal of this expanded production is to add new products to the company portfolio. OSI predicts that these upgrades will help to garner the company new foodservice customers and help them better serve their current customer base.
OSI has made several key acquisitions of successful European food operations in order to increase the company’s ability to meet customer needs. Dutch company Baho Food was one of these acquisitions. Baho Food produces convenience food, deli meats and snacks. OSI has also acquired Flagship Europe, a producer of frozen poultry, pies and condiments. These acquisitions are another boost to OSI’s already robust profile and similar to the upgrades made in Spain, will ensure that the company continues to remain a leader in food distribution and customer service.
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