Osi Industries – Standing the Test of Time

Early last year, Osi Group celebrated over a hundred years of innovation in food processing. The celebrations were worthwhile seeing that Osi Industries has grown from a corner butcher to one of the biggest food providers  in the world. Today, the company’s labor force stands at 20,000, spread across its 65 facilities in 17 countries. The history of Osi Group has deep roots in the American immigrant experience. Otto Kolschowsky was one of the booming German-immigrants in Chicago, Illinois. Besides being a center of industry, the growing city served as an entry point for immigrants who were making their way to the west to begin farming on the plains. Two years after arriving in the US (1909), Otto established a small retail meat market, as well as a butcher shop to serve the needs of his community.

Within a decade, the entrepreneur had done a fantastic job with his outstanding establishment, and by the end of the First World War, he was serving wholesale clients – a growth that led to the opening of another business in Maywood, a Chicago suburb. By 1928, the company rebranded to Otto & Sons. The decade that followed saw Otto & Sons enjoy tremendous success and stability, and this continued even during after the Second World War. When the post-war economic expansion was starting to take shape, the sons of Otto, Harry, and Arthur, allied with one of the world’s most renowned brands, McDonald’s, which was founded by Ray Kroc. As McDonalds grew, so did Otto & Sons. The change from a regional supplier to a global supplier occasioned the renaming of the company to Osi Group.

One of the core elements of the franchising model by Kroc was to ensure the delivery of a consistent product. McDonalds’ core product was hamburgers. As such, Osi Industries was under pressure to produce affordable, consistent and consumer oriented products capable of reaching the ever-growing McDonald’s restaurants. During the late 1960s, a technological breakthrough enhanced the relationship between Osi Group and McDonald’s. Osi Industries discovered flash freezing. A cryogenic food processing method, flash freezing entails rapid freezing of foods with the help of liquid nitrogen. The discovery created not only fresh opportunities for product expansion, but also the reduction of costs within the food industry.

Thanks to this growth, the close historical ties with the restaurant, and the personal friendship between Kroc and Otto’s sons, Osi Industries became one of the four core suppliers of McDonald’s. It is difficult to tell the story of Osi Industries without mentioning the early identification of growth opportunities, superior client relationships, and most importantly, technological innovation. Today, Osi Group continues to grow. The company focuses its efforts on sustainability as well as environmental effects of modern food production.

OSI Industries: Epitome Of Safe Production Activities

OSI Industries has carried out various expansion plans, locally and internationally. The expansion plans are meant to take the food products produced by this company to as many places as possible. As the leading food company in the world, OSI wants to maintain this position by expanding their authority in the food market.

In the local market, they have acquired some food production plants that will enhance production for the consumers in North America. This is one of the plans they have carried recently. Other plans have been carried out in other parts of the world. OSI Industries is operating in 17 countries, and therefore plans of expanding the international market are also underway.

One of the international projects to be completed in recent times is the expansion of the Toledo food production plant in Spain. An additional 22,600 square feet to meet increased production capacity is now available in the plant. The added space will allow for the double production of chicken products. According to David McDonald, the chief operating officer of the company, the expansion of the facility will allow the company to tighten its grip on the number one position as far as food production is concerned. The company has created new opportunities for the consumers in the area. Apart from extra job opportunities, the products portfolio will also increase. A test kitchen is now available to facilitate the expansion.

OSI Industries has demonstrated that they are going to adopt sustainability measures in their operations. The design of the new plant is in such a manner that food production activities will incorporate green sources of energy. Heat recycling is one of the efforts that will be applied in the plant to ensure that there is no wastage of energy. After the inclusion of the new energy efficient system in the plant, total energy consumption has gone down by 20 percent.

OSI Industries has received recognition from the British Safety Council for maintaining environmentally friendly production processes. The company received the prestigious Globe of Honour, meaning that the company is doing a great job of maintaining safe production. The CEO, Sheldon Lavin has also received the Global Visionary Award for making OSI Industries the best food production company. He has grown this company from a time it only had one reliable client, to now that it is well established around the world. Sheldon Lavin is the reason behind the success of the company. His four decades input in the management has borne fruits.

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