OSI Group was started in 1909 by a German immigrant in Chicago named Otto Kolschowsky. It started as a small butcher shop and later a meat market. However, in the early stages of development of the company, there is nothing much that can be written about the firm. It was from 1955 when the company became storyline begins. Then known as Otto & Sons, the company became a leading firm in the supply of meat products in Illinois after it was contracted by the McDonald’s to supply hamburger. In 1973, they were forced to open up a plant in Illinois to handle the huge demand for meat products which was coming from the McDonalds.
In 1975, Sheldon Lavin was brought in the company’s management to assist with the global expansion of the company. He was to assist the original owner, Otto Kolschowsky and his two sons build something great from the connections the firm had established with the McDonald’s. McDonald’s was growing rapidly, and it became necessary for the OSI Group to boost its supply. In 1975, Otto & Sons was renamed OSI group. In the 1980s, OSI Group started expansion plan outside the United States. It opened business operations in countries such as Brazil, Spain, Germany, Taiwan, and Austria. On top of these, it added its processing plant in the United States to boost local production arising from high demand of meat products.
In the early 2000s, Sheldon Lavin started production of poultry products. It started the acquisition of a number of food companies in different countries starting with China in 2002. It also invested in the beef industry, with the acquisition of a food company in Australia. The company also started poultry production in America in 2006. In subsequent years, Sheldon Lavin expanded its operations in other countries which included Japan, India, and Canada. OSI Group also built multiple plants in different parts of the United States.
In 2016, OSI Group acquired the biggest food production plant in Illinois, formerly owned by Tyson Foods. The plant was bought at the cost of $7.4 million. The acquisition of this pant has helped OSI Group a big deal since it is located adjacent to the headquarters of the company. The plant provides ample storage space since it occupies a total space of 200,000 square feet. Under the leadership of CEO Sheldon Lavin, the company is expected to continue with its trend of growth in different locations spread out all over the world.
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