OSI Industries has 55 meat processing plants located all across the world, and in each region they serve they partner with local farmers and supermarket chains to deliver products that match what customers in that region want. As the main supplier to McDonald’s and their restaurants, OSI Industries has put a lot of effort into food engineering and developed mass distribution capabilities. Just this last year two high-technology processing plants were opened in the Philippines and Spain with two of OSI Industries’ partners GenOSI and OSI Spain. Most of OSI Industries’ products are meat, but they’ve expanded to other produce and baked goods now. They have a selection of tofu, potpies, vegetable entrees and other non-meat products that their research teams put together.
OSI Industries is headquartered in Chicago and it’s where it was begun in 1909. Otto Kolschowsky, a butcher started with a small shop that was turned into a large market center. His sons stayed involved in its management as he grew older and they took over, and hence their market center became known as Otto & Sons. After becoming the main meat supplier to McDonald’s, they began their endeavors to increase their processed meat output by building plants with advanced assembly lines. The man who helped Otto & Sons get the capital to build the plants was Sheldon Lavin, and he became a substantially larger part of the company in the next few years. Recognizing his financial knowledge and ability to plan for long-term growth, the Kolschowskys decided to make him the CEO of the company. As Lavin took over, the company then bought several other plants and it made its way into South America, Europe and Asia and changed its name to OSI Industries.
In addition to having plants and office buildings in its own name, OSI Industries has also bought several other wholesale companies like Baho Food and Flagship Europe. Its meats are also imported from farms like Amick Farms and Fair Oaks Farms, and along with McDonald’s they’ve also supplied meats to restaurant franchises like Subway and Pizza Hut. OSI Industries has been ranked in the top 10 of meat companies along with the likes of Tyson Foods and Perdue. The executives of OSI Industries also chair the board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and other charities in Chicago. They also received a prestigious award from the British Safety Council for food safety adherence.
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