The History of OSI Industries

The growth of OSI Industries has been slow and steady but with a professional team and excellent leadership, OSI industries have been able to achieve a lot. Some of the achievements include being among the greatest food providers in the world, having a working force of approximately 20000 employees, and owning 65 facilities across 17 countries. The humble beginnings of the company tell a story similar to a majority of other startup companies in the country today. Despite its achievements, the company is still growing and making strides to ensure they become the largest food providers from among the other food providers.

The history of OSI Industries is embedded in the experience American Immigrants go through. The founder of OSI Industries Otto Kolschowsky was part of the German-immigrant Community that made their home in Chicago, Illinois. During the 20th century, the city was both an entry point for the immigrants seeking to establish a farmstead on its plains and a center of trade and industry for the nation. Otto Kolschowsky began a small butchery retail shop that served the community. The business grew and expanded the wholesale part of business. From there as they say its history. Within decades, the business expanded and became OSI Industries.

However, despite the fast growth of the business from a retail butchery to a wholesaler, its transition to an international corporation took even longer. Unlike other business that had an international presence, Otto and Sons had to come up with a means of ensuring the products they supply to their consumers are affordable, consistent, and consumer driven. The product could endure the long-distance drive to the various branches of the McDonald’s Restaurant. However, with the improvement of technology in 1960 achieving this goal became easy and much more affordable for the company.

It, in turn, strengthened the relationship between the McDonald’s and Otto $ Sons. The relationship between the two businesses gave Otto $ Sons a positioning that made them the leading meat suppliers for the McDonald’s nationwide and its core supplier when the restaurant chain became consolidated. It was in 1973, that Otto $ Sons built their first plant to ensure they deliver quality to the McDonald’s restaurants. The plant had state of the art technology and it marked the beginning of a journey that saw OSI Industries become a worldwide food provider. The change of leadership helped solidify the presence of OSI Industries in the world.

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OSI Food Solutions’ Plant In Spain To Double Its Production Of Chicken

A new production line for OSI Food Solutions in Spain has the capability to double the company’s production of chicken products. The plant, which is located in Toledo, Spain, completed the addition of the line in 2017 at a cost of 17 million Euros. The improvement to the plant has expanded the production capability that is possible from 12,000 tons per year to 24,000.

The ability to produce more chicken will also result in an increased production rate overall for the company. An executive for the company says that OSI will now be capable of producing 45,000 tons total of chicken, pork, and beef products a year.

The increased production is expected to cause 20 jobs to be made available to new workers for the company. One of these jobs is to be a managerial position that will handle product development.

The increased production was instigated by the increased demand in the counties of Spain and Portugal for chicken products. The managing director for the OSI plant in Spain explains that the demand for chicken in the two countries showed an 8% increase in just the last three years. The continued growth demand is expected to continue and OSI is preparing itself to protect its position as a leader in the industry.

In total 22,600 feet of work area has been added to the plant and includes spaces for storage of supplies, storage of waste containers, and areas to handle shipping and receiving. The expansion also includes an employee lounge.

The Chief Operating Officer for OSI, David McDonald explains that the expansion will provide the company with the opportunity to add new products to its line, secure new accounts and expand its penetration into the industry, and provide jobs for people in the local community.

The expansion comes after a stellar year on the part of the OSI Food Solutions which culminated in the company being honored by the British Safety Council as their 2016 Globe of Honor recipient.

Other recent activities for OSI Food Solutions are the purchase of a plant in Chicago that was once home to a Tyson food plant also in 2016. In Europe, the company now owns the former Flagship Europe whose name was changed to Creative Foods Europe shortly after its 2017 acquisition. And in the Netherlands, OSI took control of Baho Foods, a company that also maintains plants of operations in the country of Germany.

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