OSI Group Invests In Philippines Plant

OSI Group, one of the world’s longest running and largest meat supply and distributors announced a new processing plant investment at Gen OSI, a flagship company based in the Philippines. This new plant will be replacing an already existing plant there with a much higher output capability and the logistical reach to many more market and restaurant chains in Asia. OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin has been pleased with the development of the plant and is excited about the jobs it will be adding to that region.

OSI Group is the main processing company of OSI Industries, a company that’s been privately-owned since 1909 though its changed names since then, and has been the primary meat supplier to restaurant chains including McDonald’s. Otto Kolschowsky was the man who started the company as a home-based butcher shop in Chicago and had it expanded into a large meat market center named Otto & Sons by the mid 1920s. It had become a major processing center to go with its market center by 1955 when McDonald’s asked Otto & Sons which was now run by the Kolschowsky sons to partner with it. But that also meant that they needed to build an even bigger factory to put out meat products at a large scale.

Sheldon Lavin came to Otto & Sons at the owners’ requests because they needed his help to take out a bank loan for their proposed processing plant, and upon doing so he started helping them invest in other projects including expanding the company overseas. Lavin became CEO not long after and also had the company renamed to OSI Industries, and that overseas expansion became 55 plants that operate in 17 different countries today. But what makes OSI Group unique is how they do marketing research into customer preferences at each international region they operate in and have products distributed through local merchants. Their processing plants all have R&D facilities where food engineers and scientists work on improving flavors.

OSI Group has bought a lot of companies like Flagship Europe, Baho Food and even a Tyson Food center, but they’ve always strived to keep employees of those companies because they realize how important it is to retain jobs and maintain a family culture. They’ve also upheld high safety standards to minimize injuries, and it’s something that’s a big deal in an industry that requires fast pace with dangerous tools. OSI Group also serves local communities through organizations like the Boys & Girls Clubs and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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OSI the king of the Food Processing Industry

OSI is a privately held American Company that operates in the food processing industry. As such, the company owns several meat processors which service food service and retail industries. The company has its head offices in Aurora Illinois.

The company can be traced back to 1909 when Otto Kolschowsky a German immigrant established a family meat business in Oak Park Illinois. This was two years after he had arrived in the United States. Seven years later, the company expanded and relocated to the nearby Maywood a Chicago suburb.

In 1928, the company renamed to Otto & Sons. Since then, the company offers quality meats to local and international clients. When McDonald established its pioneer store in Des Plaines Illinois, it contracted Otto & Sons to supply fresh ground beef patties. Since then, the company forged a long term relationship with McDonald’s is today one of its largest meat suppliers. As McDonald continued to grow in prosperity and size, so did OSI.

Otto & Sons renamed to OSI industries in 1975. Today, OSI Industries is estimated to be 58th largest private company in United States with annual revenues amounting to more than $ 6.1 billion. OSI Industries has several plants across the United States such as in Geneva, Chicago, and West Chicago all in Illinois. Other states where the company has meat plants include California, Wisconsin, Utah and Iowa. The company is estimated to have more than 20, 000 employees in over 17 countries across the world.

OSI Industries processes several private label food brands. In most cases, it co-packs food products for its retail and foodservice customers. Its customers are from all major regions of the World including the Asia-Pacific region, North America, and Eastern and Western Europe.
OSI’s success and growth strategy are tied to the company’s commitment to consistency and responsiveness. To this end, the company is dedicated to ensuring that its customers have quality experience as they are served efficiently irrespective of location in the world. It delivers custom value added food products to its retail and foodservice brands. OSI’s has managed its food supply chain efficiently so that processing and distribution are outsourced thus ensuring that their customers maximize their opportunities.

Today, OSI Industries products include bacon, hot dogs, meat patties, poultry, Pizza, dough products, vegetables and pork. Over the years, OSI has received several awards and recognition for efficient management of food safety and health risks. Additionally, the company has been lauded for effective environmental management.

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