OSI Group is a leading food processing company in the United States. It has its main headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. The company was established in 1909 as a butcher shop by a German immigrant known as Otto Kolschowsky. The butcher shop developed rapidly, and by mid-century, it was one of the biggest businesses in Chicago. By the end of the century, it was already selling food products in various continents. Currently, the firm is in 17 countries and has established over 65 plants in different locations in the world. OSI Company is currently managed by President David McDonald and CEO Sheldon Lavin. These two have steered the company in the right direction for a long time.
OSI Group made its breakthrough in business around 1955 when it was hired by the newly established McDonald’s to supply hamburgers. McDonald’s was opening its first branches around the country. In Illinois, they came to OSI then known as Otto & Sons and signed a deal for the supply of hamburgers. Since McDonald’s grew rapidly, there was pressure on OSI to increase its production so that it could meet the demand of the food products needed by McDonald’s. It is a fact that the initial development of OSI Food Company was directly influenced by the McDonald’s. The first food plant that OSI Group created was built so that they could meet the demands of McDonald’s.
OSI Group maintained the good relationship it had with the McDonalds and even after it went beyond the United States, OSI followed suit. To keep its growth in the international market intact, OSI hired the services of Sheldon Lavin in 1975 so that he could help them build a company that would be recognized globally. After Sheldon Lavin joined, his priority was the international expansion of the company and even more importantly independent expansion. He did not want the company just to follow the steps taken by the McDonalds.
Four decades after he joined OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin is still working for this company. Currently, he is the Chief Operating Officer. He has assisted this company to go beyond the expectations. He has a special focus on the development of the firm. In recent years, he has been working on the global development of the company. OSI Food Company has been acquiring companies in different parts of the world as it continues with its expansion plan which is likely to see it open operations in more locations in the world. OSI Group Buys Former Tyson Foods Plant in Chicago