At a cost of only seventeen million Euros, OSI Group’s Toledo plant has just completed an upgrade to its production line that promises to double its output of chicken products. This means more jobs for local people, as OSI needs about 20 more workers in order to operate the new, higher capacity production line. They will also be needing a new manager of product development in order to make full use of this increased production capacity. This increase was planned because of market factors. Market research indicated that there was an increase in the demand for chicken products in the region, especially in Spain and Portugal.
The reason for this increase is somewhat unclear, but it is clear that the demand for chicken products has grown by eight percent over the last three years. While this may seem like a small increase overall, indications are that the upward trend will continue. As such, OSI Group wanted to make sure that their facilities would be prepared to meet the demand. These new improvements were overseen by OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin and carried out by company president David McDonald. Sheldon Lavin, more so than any other one individual, is responsible for the multinational success of OSI Group. He has worked with the company since the 1970’s, when it was simply a family owned meat distribution company called Otto and Sons.
Through his involvement with various charitable organizations like the Ronald McDonald House, Sheldon Lavin has been honored more than once for his charitable work. This included the prestigious Edward C. Jones community service award. As such, Sheldon Lavin has a reputation as an entrepreneur that is quite solid. The plant upgrade was also focused on improving safety. An extensive camera system was installed along with state of the art new fire control measures. The plant’s new improvements are also intended to save energy (and thus, save money as well). Using a new system that is designed to recycle machine heat, they are now able to conserve and re-use a much greater amount of their own generated energy. According to the company, energy efficiency has been improved by about twenty percent.