OSI Food Group is up in the list of top meat processors and suppliers, including Provisioner Online’s Top 100 Processor’s where they ranked at number 10 in 2016. The list of operations they specialize in ranges from slaughtering, curing, processing, preparing and includes both livestock and seafood.
OSI has about 50 processing plants with 10 in the US and the other 40 located in 17 different countries. It makes billions in sales and has formed partnerships with supermarket chains and restaurants, and all products are marketed through local agents who know the demographics and needs of customers.
OSI Group has been a privately-owned company ever since its beginnings over 100 years ago. It was originally known as Otto & Sons, a company that started with one butcher shop in Chicago that Otto Kolschowsky’s family ran. That butcher shop was built into a meat wholesale company in less than 10 years, and by 1928 it was known as Otto & Sons. In the 1950s the Kolschowsky sons made a famous deal with Ray Kroc, the man credited with turning McDonalds into a national phenomenon to become its meat supplier. It was Sheldon Lavin who became CEO of Otto & Sons about 20 years later when the company started looking into international investments to keep up with the demand for McDonalds Products. The 1980s expansion led to the renaming of Otto & Sons to OSI Group.
OSI Group cares most about its people and saving jobs as opposed to simply buying out companies only to layoff workers. Lavin has sought to maintain the company’s reputation as having a family-oriented atmosphere, and throughout the years many employees have reported high job satisfaction with the company. And safety is certainly not on the backburner at OSI Group. Their ability to maintain top safety practices and minimize injuries in all their plants has earned them recognitions such as the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour award given to OSI just last year.
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