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OSI Group’s Incredible Continuous Growth


OSI Group holds an excellent reputation as a company that deals with meat processing, with many different products to serve their customers. The products include sausages, bacon, frozen beef, cooked beef and pork, raw beef and much more. The products available serve any meal, that is, breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as snack time. Over the years, the group’s range of products has increased because they have been acquiring different companies dealing with meat processing as well. The company began its journey more than 100 years ago, continuously rising and expanding. It was initiated by a man called Otto Kolschowsky in 1909 as a simple butcher shop that also did meat packaging. The company was named Otto & Sons and was based only in Chicago at the time.

In 1955, Otto & Sons became the first company to supply McDonald’s with hamburgers. The business was doing great they were forced to open a subsidiary branch in 1973 that was specifically devoted to serving McDonald’s. Sheldon Lavin, the current CEO of OSI Group, joined Otto & Sons way back in 1970 as a financial organizer and later as a co-partner. Kolschowsky had left the business to his two sons, and they were the other co-partners. Sheldon’s expertise helped the company grow and expand to become global. A few years later, in 1975 the company changed its name to OSI Group. OSI Group began expanding to places like Spain, Taiwan, Germany, Brazil, Poland, Mexico, and the Philippines. The expansion took place in two decades, in the 1980s and 1990s.

OSI Group’s headquarters are currently based in Aurora in Illinois. The company has a wide customer range serving 17 countries around the world. The company has expanded to Europe, and this was made possible when Baho Food, a Dutch company merged with OSI. Baho Food is well established in Europe, and it has five subsidiary companies. The five companies also serve Germany and Netherlands. Baho serves 18 European countries with many products. The transaction increases OSI’s range of product and helps them grow in Europe. In 2016, OSI also purchased Tyson Foods a company based in Chicago. Tyson was on the verge of being shut down when OSI bought it.

OSI has shown that the sky is not the limit by their continuous growth and success. The Group has so far acquired other several companies such as the UK Flagship Europe, German Hynek Schlachthof GmbH and much more. The Group has many customers relying on their products, and this is because the company has been successful over the years. The Group has also won many awards for their amazing work as a food processing industry.

OSI Group Info: www.mapquest.com/us/illinois/business-chicago/osi-industries-llc-7716434

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