Founded in 1909, OSI Group boasts of a strong heritage of service and quality. The company’s base is in Aurora, Illinois, United States. Recently, OSI committed to sustainable operations. CEO Sheldon Lavin oversaw this push. Sheldon believes wholesome sustainability is possible because of rewards of cutting-edge technology. He is also banking on the company’s extensive experience in embracing challenges.
OSI Group’s Experience
The group is not new to food sector innovation. Its history is quite an impressive business story. The company started as a butcher shop. It then grew to become McDonald’s network primary supplier. The company that was originally a butcher shop is now a global food conglomerate. Sheldon Lavin joined OSI in the mid-1970s. He is the face behind OSI Group’s spectacular growth.
In the twilight of Lavin’s career, he led OSI to embrace new technologies and schemes. This move brought about a decrease in the company’s environmental footprints and an increase in efficiency. OSI management now considers sustainability as one core prism in making operational decisions. The company maintains a tradition of developing new strategies/ techniques to bolster operations.
The willingness to risk to have new leading edge in new technology is at the core of the sustainability push by OSI, for operations within and without. Development efforts and robust research bolster OSI Groups sustainability advancement. The company has two Culinary Innovation Centers. One is in China and the other in the US.
These facilities are now core aspects of operations by OSI Group. The Innovation Centers develop strategies to lessen OSI’s far-flung operations environmental impact. They are a significant investment in developing consumer-friendly product lines and efficient supply chains.
OSI is a large firm. The company has over 20,000 employees (worldwide), 65 facilities, and a presence in 17 countries. In 2016, Forbes ranked OSI Group #58 in the large private company category. That same year, OSI acquired Baho Foods. The deal involved taking over a controlling stake of the private Dutch company. Baho processes food items, mainly meat products, for the retail and food-service industries. The company has plants in the Netherlands and Germany under five subsidiary companies.
Several decades ago, in David McDonald, the professional behind OSI Group success was born. His parents were living in Iowa, and they wanted to take their son to get his education in the best schools in the country. Fortunately, the young man was committed to his studies in school, and this is what helped him to acquire the chance to study in one of the leading colleges in the region. David McDonald graduated with a degree focusing in animal science. This degree laid the foundation for the success he has been enjoying over the years. While many young people struggle in the corporate world after completing their education, the businessman has been having a smooth ride, working hard to acquire his position and respect in the complicated market.
David McDonald worked for few institutions before he could join the largest food processing company in the world, known as OSI Group. When the serial investor was working as the chairman of the well-known organization in the country, he managed to acquire so much expertise concerning meat products in North America. The businessman got the position of project manager at OSI Group, and this was the turning point in his life. The position was the best he has ever been chosen to work. While working as the project manager, David McDonald had his share of issues to address in the food processing company. The boards of directors were impressed by the kind of results that were being brought by the successful leader, and this is why they began to offer him better positions.
Several years ago, David McDonald landed the post of company president. OSI Group was already performing well in the food industry, and it was in need of a professional who was going to deliver greater results. The company has been enjoying great results thanks to the decision it made several years ago. The new president has been able to facilitate the expansion of the company into better and greater areas of the world. His expertise in the management of the meat department has been helping him to perform so well and meet the expectations of his employer. As one of the people who sit in the board of directors, the businessman has done a very good job is purchasing new food plants and stores so that the company presence is felt in many parts of the world. The consumers have been enjoying excellent products because of the leadership offered by the businessman.
OSI Food Solutions is a meat processing company with its origin at Toledo, Spain. The firm provides quality beef, chicken, and pork products not just in the UK but across the world. The company has facilities in more than 23 countries across the globe. Early this year, the firm saw the completion of its expansion on the production of chicken products. The extension was as a result of the fast-increasing demand for chicken products in Spain and Portugal. The operation saw an increase in the production process of quality chicken products from 12,000 to 24,000 tons annually. Consequently, the total production of the processed pork, beef, and chicken output raised to over 45,000 tons annually.
The entire expansion added 20 more job opportunities to the initial 140 workforce. In the 20 posts is the product development manager. The work of the office is to manage the current products and introduce new products to the company’s portfolio. The expansion of the industry was to get ready for the anticipated continuous increase in demand for the meat products. The firm has modernized kitchens for the testing of the products and employs a qualified staff of chefs for the process.
The expansion of OSI Food Solutions encompasses an increase in the operation area by 22,600 square feet. The facilities fitted on the space is the new shipping and receiving area, production hall, hot water and nitrogen tanks, refrigerated rooms for waste container storage, and social space for workers. The development of OSI Food Solutions reaches far by acquiring the Tyson Food Plant. The acquisition of the plant showed the willingness to serve North America. Similarly, in the year 2017, the company purchased the Flagship Europe, the primary food distributor in the UK, and renamed it the Creative Food Europe.
OSI Food Solutions has shown excellence in its performance from the floor area to the boardroom. For that reason, the firm received the Globe of Honor Award in the year 2016 by the British Safety Council. The prestigious award recognizes the companies that help in the management of the environmental risks. Also, the company got listed in the Top 100 American Food Companies.