The OSI Group was born and bred from the deep German tradition of efficiency and trustworthiness in quality, the American tradition of expansionism and protection, and the global traditions of family values for all. OSI Group McDonalds got their claim to fame by sheer proximity to a little burger joint by the name of McDonald’s, back in Deplaines Illiniois in the 1950’s, with a guy named Ray Kroc. Otto and Son’s, as it was known back then, was run by a few German immigrants living in Chicago’s meat-packing district. With McDonalds being so close relative to Chicago and in such need of a reliable and proficient meat supplier, it’s no wonder why the two became inseparable since the beginning.
OSI Group McDonalds currently exists in over 17 countries worldwide, has around 20,000 employees who call OSI Group McDonalds their employer, and operate from 65 different plant locations. With such vigor, tenacity, and friendliness having been established from the start, it is no wonder that their company caught on like wildfire within family-style working communities across the globe. Read more about OSI Group McDonalds at bizjournals.com
Perhaps in an effort to not seem as “mom-and-pop” as they did with the name Otto and Sons, the group formally renamed themselves OSI Group McDonalds as soon as they hired a CEO in 1975 who was already familiar with navigating the waters of running a global organization. Sheldon Lavin was his name, and he still runs OSI Group McDonalds to this very day alongside COO David McDonald.
David is an enigma in is own right, as well, having graduated with an agricultural sciences degree from Iowa State, having six kids and a wife of his own, and figuring out the incredibly foreign laws and regulations surrounding not one but seventeen other countries across the world. He is a friendly person and believes in the power of family, stating that, “It is important to note that, within OSI, we value family. Our people and our customers are viewed as family. The products that we make should be good enough to serve to our respective families proudly.”
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The OSI Group was started in the early seventies by a German immigrant in Illinois. When he started the company, he called it Otto & Sons. His main aim was to provide meat and meat products to the small businesses around Aurora, especially the local McDonald’s. However, with time, they have grown and increased their influence beyond the state and become a globally significant processed meat and meat products supplier. They are currently operational in more than 17 countries, and they have plans of expanding their reach even further.
One of the frontiers that the company has been looking forward to expanding their influence in is China. The OSI Group made Debut in China more than 20 years ago, and during that time, they had a hard time convincing the market to buy their products. However, they have managed to turn the situation around and become the prime supplier of processed protein products to large businesses such as Subway, Burger King, Starbucks and Yum among others. The strategies that the management of the company has put in place to help them expand their reach include capitalizing on the poultry processing plant, mainly because they feel that the industry is not yet well penetrated. When their upcoming poultry plant is complete, they will be the largest supplier of the products in the country.
The management of OSI confides that China has become one of their most significant markets because of the ever-increasing consumer markets. According to statistics, the population of the country is growing exponentially and with this growth comes an increasing need for meat and meat products. The management of the company also observed that the population in China is moving up the social, economic ladder and becoming more affluent, as a result, they need more sophisticated foods on their dinner plate, and the OSI Group is there to meet this demand.
The company has also been expanding their presence and operations in other countries both in Europe and Asia. In Poland, they have significantly grown the beef processing facility which will increase the staff by 30 percent and improve their production tremendously. They have also recently announced the opening of a new plant in Geneva. The chairman of the company, Sheldon Lavin has played an instrumental role in pushing for the growth and expansion of the business. They believe that these steps will continue increasing the productivity of the company and make it a household name on the globe.
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