OSI Group was founded in 1909 and started out as a small meat market and butcher shop in the west side of Chicago near oak park. The company was created by Otto Kolschowsky and eventually became Otto & Sons after his two sons went to work on it. Kolschowsky made a deal with McDonald’s that made it the first supplier of ground beef for the fast food chain, and by the early 1970s, a plant was built that would be dedicated solely to providing McDonald’s with food products. By the mid 1970s, Otto & Sons became OSI Group and began to expand into other regions in the United States as well as overseas. Today, OSI runs more than 65 facilities that exist in countries all around the globe and provides its customers with pork, poultry, beef, fish, vegetable products, and a whole lot more.
The last half decade, or so, Sheldon Lavin, the CEO and chairman of OSI Group, has been pushing to expand the company overseas more than ever. Ever since he came aboard with the company in the 1970s, he has been focused on growing OSI. One of the company’s latest moves saw it purchasing a former Tyson Foods plant in the south-side of Chicago. The facility measures out to 200,000 square-feet and will help to support another Chicago facility that is located nearby. The food plant was mainly set up for poultry production, but OSI can do much more with it, should they choose to do so.
OSI Group also recently acquired Flagship Europe, which will help it to reach more customers in the United Kingdom as well as other areas in Europe. Flagship Europe distributes frozen poultry, sauces, dressings, pies, dips, and sandwich fillings and should help to improve OSI;s position in the European market. Leadership in OSI has been very happy with the news because they know that this will introduce their company to new customers in new territories in the European market. OSI Group also recently purchased Baho Food, which will give it even more of a presence in Europe, and that is exactly what the company is looking for.
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