OSI Group is a global leader in food service and retail food brands. It is among the most significant private entities in the United States. The Group has a presence in other parts of the globe offering customized products and services. It has continued to expand through the purchase of other companies in the food manufacturing industry to become a multi-billion-dollar entity. Despite the global expansion, the Group has always retained its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.
OSI group was established in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant. He opened a family meat market which grew into a wholesale meat trade offering quality meat to the locals. The family business was run by Otto’s sons who entered into a deal with McDonald’s, which was by then a vibrant startup. It supplied meat to McDonald’s and other consumers in America as it expanded geographically. OSI Industries deals with the supply of products such as meat patties, bacon, pork, poultry, and vegetables among others.
One crucial aspect of the OSI’s growth is maintaining local management teams. The approach helps the Group’s understanding of local markets, cultures, and tastes. The Group also partners with suppliers in understanding the needs and preferences of consumers. For instance, the increased demand for natural and organic foods has led to the Group’s production an array of such products. In essence, this translates to satisfied consumers and by extension more sales for the suppliers. The success of the unique approach is illustrated by the presence of the group’s existence in seventeen countries outside the United States.
The President David McDonald and CEO, Sheldon Lavin lead an experienced team at OSI Industries. The President, Mc Donald holds the belief that local entities provide better services that those “half a world away.” The philosophy explains the Group’s acquisition of businesses in different localities and the retaining of management teams. The CEO, Mr. Sheldon, is credited with steering the Group to greater heights. In fact, Mr. McDonald believes that Sheldon has created the energy that helps OSI Industries to grow, provide more products, and resonate to consumers’ needs. The experienced finance and accounting expert continues to guide the Group’s pathway to global expansion and success. Sheldon has spent years, since the 70s, in developing OSI Group to its current status with over sixty-five facilities and twenty thousand employees around the world. He remains committed towards the welfare of OSI, its values, and its workforce.