OSI Industries is a privately owned American company of meat processors. The company is a world leader in the supply of the retail and food service industry. OSI’s goes back to 1909 when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a family meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. This company known as Otto & Sons expanded slowly, but steadily over the following decades. OSI has the distinction of being the first company to supply ground beef patties to McDonald’s restaurants when the chain started operating in the midwest in 1955. OSI continues this relationship to this day as well as being the supplier for fast food giant KFC. In 1970, Otto & Sons hired financial consultant Sheldon Lavin, who would eventually become the company’s Chairman and CEO. Sheldon would grow the company into a global power. The name change to OSI came in 1975 and today’s OSI Industries operates in 17 countries worldwide with its international headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.
OSI’s continual expansion goes on to date and the company has recently made several acquisitions that have strengthened its global presence and its ability to meet its customers needs to the fullest. These acquisitions include major expansion in OSI’s European presence. The company recently acquired the Dutch company Baho Food. Baho Food produces convenience food, deli meats and snacks. This acquisition has greatly strengthened and broadened OSI’s presence in Europe. Baho offers a portfolio of products and brands that are a perfect compliment to OSI’s processing strengths and broadens the company’s capabilities to best serve its customers, with their always evolving needs. In 2016, OSI also purchased Flagship Europe, adding the companies production of frozen poultry, pies and condiments to their overall portfolio. Under the OSI banner, Flagship Europe will be able to take advantage of new opportunities in Europe. OSI has also recently expanded operations in Spain and Germany.
OSI has also recently purchased the former Tyson food plant in Chicago, Illinois. Senior Executive Vice President Kevin Scott has stated that this purchase will “enhance our capabilities to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our customers.” OSI has a sterling reputation for outstanding customer service. This culture has always been emphasized by Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin. All of these recent acquisitions are sure to help OSI continue with this company tradition.
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