What OSI Industries’ Specific Capabilities Are

OSI Industries has built a large network of food processing centers and supply chains over the years to become one of the world’s largest meat wholesale companies. While meat specifically was where they began in the industry, they’ve moved into inclusion of baked goods, vegetable dishes and some dips and soups. OSI Industries not only has elaborate processing equipment in their plants, but they also have advanced research and development teams that specifically work on crafting new products, researching the health and nutritional information on products and also help cut the costs of production. OSI Industries has come a long way from its humble beginnings to have all the advanced food engineering technology it has today.

OSI Industries was once a company known as Otto & Sons which was named for its original founder Otto Kolschowsky, a butcher in Chicago. He opened the original butcher shop in 1909 and after saving up enough money opened a local factory. That factory became the base of Otto & Sons which stayed in the family all the way to the 1950s. The products put out by Otto & Sons specifically attracted McDonald’s owner Ray Kroc who specifically asked Otto & Sons to become the restaurant chain’s first meat supplier. Now poised for a chance to grow big, Otto & Sons brought financial expert Sheldon Lavin to the company and under his guidance, he helped the company get financing to open more plants and grow with their McDonald’s partner. Eventually Lavin took over as CEO and began investing in processing plants and logistics centers in Europe and Asia, and with its international push the company became known as OSI Industries.

Among the priorities OSI Industries has made part of their agenda, employee safety and well-being has been at the top. Lavin and company President David McDonald have stated they like to run the company more on a ground level approach where everyone can have a say and express both positive comments or concerns about their workplace, and they take whatever steps they need to to make it better. But positivity certainly has shown in what employees have said about the company, and many of them find the culture to be quite rewarding that they end up staying even longer than they originally thought they would. And with both physical and environmental safety being no easy feat to maintain in meat processing, OSI Industries’ few accidents and overall enforcement of safety procedures led to them receiving the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour award in 2016.


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