OSI Group now has a new high output factory to add to their 50 plus holdings around the world with a recent purchase of a Tyson Foods plant that was going to be closed. It was too much of an operating loss for Tyson Foods who was going to shutter their south Chicago facility, so OSI decided it would benefit them to add the plant and its assembly line technology to their portfolio. But most grateful for the buyout of the plant were Tyson Foods employees who were told they could keep their jobs by their new bosses. It’s been typical of OSI to buyout a company or one of its plants and offer to retain all current employees.
OSI Group was a family business in its early days. Otto Kolschowsky moved to Chicago from Germany in 1909 and started a butcher shop. By the 1920s it had other employees working for it and became a registered company known as Otto & Sons. Then about 30 years later as Otto Kolschowsky’s sons took over the company completely, they entered an exclusive deal with McDonald’s to be their meat provider. With this new partnership, Otto & Sons now needed to grow bigger than ever so they could meet McDonald’s global expansion demands. The company then started taking out loans to open new large processing plants, and then they changed their name to OSI Group when they opened up new facilities in Germany and the Asian region. Sheldon Lavin took over as CEO not long after and today owns most of the shares.
OSI Group owns several other dairy farms and subsidiary food processing companies including Select Ready Foods, Pizza Nation, Fair Oaks Farms, K&K Foods, OSI China and GenOSI. They also bought out Baho Food and it’s five main distribution companies as well as Flagship Europe in the UK. Most of their products are custom-made foods including breakfast sausage sandwiches, pizzas, sub sandwiches, prepared tacos, chicken nuggets and many frozen meats for supermarkets. Even though McDonald’s is the main restaurant chain they cater to, OSI also supplies a variety of beef and poultry to KFC, Wendy’s, Subway and Pizza Hut. They also are partners with non-profit groups like the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Their commitment and demonstration of workplace safety measures earned them the Globe of Honour award from the British Safety Council in 2016.
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