OSI Industries grew into the European market with a high capacity processing plant in Spain established in 1990, and it was announced not long ago that they just added new production lines to the facility that doubled its chicken production from 12,000 metric tons to 24,000. The managing director of OSI Spain, José María del Río said that chicken demand has been growing in that region for some time and it was time to add to the existing plant to meet the customer demands in Spain. With this new expansion the company added 20 new jobs to its existing 140 at the plant, and a new product development manager has also come to it. OSI Industries President David McDonald has said the addition will be a big help to OSI Industries’ growth strategies in the region.
OSI Industries has been building its overseas portfolio for over 40 years, but it started out as a regular wholesale company in the midwest. Chicago resident and German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky started this company back in 1909 and grew it from a home-based butcher shop to a marketplace that served many local businesses. It became known as Otto & Sons company in 1926 and it survived all the way through the Great Depression and picked up its first big client in McDonald’s in 1955. At that point the company owners realized they were headed to unprecedented growth like nothing they had ever seen before, and that’s when financial consultant and former investment banking manager Sheldon Lavin came aboard. As Lavin began taking over the company it saw meat sales soar and soon moved with McDonald’s to new regions in South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. OSI Industries is currently ranked number 10 in the meat industry international scale, and number 54 overall in total food processing.
OSI Industries was originally just focused on beef, poultry, pork and fish in their production, but they have become inclusive of vegetable and salad mixes as well as including baked items and pastries. Along with the slicing and dicing tools on their assembly lines and high capacity refrigeration containers, they’ve employed research teams with state-of-the-art equipment for creating and testing new meat entrees. OSI Industries also takes care to make sure their facilities have safety guards and maintain environmental-friendly standards amidst production, and they were given an award by the British Safety Council in recognition of their efforts.
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