OSI Industries is a privately owned American company of meat processors that supply the retail and food service industries. The company’s history can be traced back to 1909 when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. This company became known as Otto & Sons and over the decades it slowly, but steadily expanded its operations. The company got its first big break in 1955 when it gained the contract to supply ground beef patties to the newly started McDonald’s restaurant chain. In 1970, Otto & Sons hired Sheldon Lavin, the man who would eventually become its Chairman and CEO and guide the company toward becoming a global presence. The name change to OSI came in 1975. Today, the company operates in 17 countries worldwide with its international headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.
OSI continued its expansion recently with two major acquisitions. The company has acquired Dutch company Baho Food as well as purchasing the former Tyson food plant in Chicago. Baho Food is a producer of convenience food, deli meats and snacks. Regarding the acquisition of Baho Food, OSI President and Chief Operating Officer, David McDonald has stated, “Adding Baho Food to our OSI Europe business gives OSI a broader presence in Europe….The company’s portfolio of products and brands complements OSI’s current processing strengths while broadening our capabilities to best serve the evolving needs of our customers.” OSI’s purchase of the former Tyson foods plant was done, according to Senior Executive Vice President Kevin Scott, to “enhance our capabilities to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our customers.” OSI has always had a sterling reputation for outstanding service to its customers, something that Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin has always stressed. Both of these acquisitions are right in line with this company tradition.
Customer service has always been of the utmost importance at OSI. The company also places great value on being environmentally conscientious. This reputation was rewarded in 2016 by the British Safety Council when they bestowed the prestigious Globe of Honour Award to OSI Food Solutions UK. The Globe of Honour is given to organizations who have shown excellence in environmental management. OSI met the nomination requirement of achieving a 5-star rating from the British Safety Council’s environmental management audit. The award is yet another feather in the cap of an organization that always prides itself on its family culture, its customer service and its environmental conscientiousness.
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