The OSI Group was founded in 1909 and was best known for being one of the primary beef suppliers for McDonalds. OSI Group currently headquartered in Aurora, Illinois and have 65 facilities around the world in seventeen different countries. The company has more than 20,000 employee all based out of different countries. OSI makes a variety of products including bacon, breakfast sausage and various other food service food products.
In 2006, the OSI Group headed by Sheldon Lavin, chief executive officer, acquired Baho Food Group which is based out of Germany and the Netherlands. Baho Food was a meat processing plant just like OSI Group and was made up of five subsidiary companies that combined have 60 years of experience in the meat industry, dealing with meats, snack foods and convenience foods. Baho’s subsidies are located in over 18 countries across Europe. The recent acquisition boosts OSI’s presence in Europe.
The OSI Group and Sheldon Lavin decided to purchase a former Tyson Food processing plant for $7.4 million dollars. The plant offers a massive amount of storage and is nearby a major OSI Group facility. Continuing to grow their each in Europe, the OSI Group acquired Flagship Europe and Calder Foods, which grew their marketing outreach in the United Kingdom, extending their ability to meet the needs of their clients and expanding the products they offer to the food service industry. OSI Group has supplied meat to several fast food chains across China including Subway, Starbucks, Papa John’s Pizza and Pizza Hut.
In 2011, Forbes named the OSI Group as the 136th largest private company, with annual revenues of $3 billion dollars. They moved up to number 58, with $6.1 billion in annual revenues. The company was originally opened by Otto Kolschowsky and called Otto and Sons. Over time, they had a local repution for having quality meats. The OSI Group operates U.S. plant in Chicago, Geneva, West Chicago, Oakland, West Jordan, Fort Atkinson and Riverside. OSI Group has received multiple awards for their management of healthy and safety risks as well as environmental management. OSI Group continues to look for places to expand.