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OSI Group, The Respected Worldwide Meat Processor & Supplier

OSI group is one of the leading American meat processing companies whose primary area of focus iS retail and food service industry. OSI team was able to meet up the requirements to be on the list of the U.S. Top 100 Food and Beverage Companies, 2016. The company has its main headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.

The birth of the company can be traced back to the year of 1909 when Otto Kilschowsky started a small meat shop in Oak Park, Illinois. The meat shop expanded slowly, and he shifted his business to Maywood, Chicago. The company had its birth with the name of Otto and Sons in 1928. The company received a big kickstart when it tied up with McDonald’s which itself was in an embryonic state of development at that time.

Over the years both the companies developed a strong bond and helped each other in taking strong roots in the food industry. With the development of Cryogenic Food processing in the 1960s, meat processing of Otto and Sons was revolutionized and it became one of the four important meat suppliers of Mac Donald’s. It was in 1975 that the company changed its name to OSI Industries after expanding its reach beyond McDonald’s. The company began supplying meat to several restaurants with McDonalds’s being the original client. With the popularity of McDonald’s, even OSI grew bigger in size. In 2011, the company won the prestigious position of the 136th largest private company in the Forbes List. In 2016 also, the company was propelled to the position of 58 in the Forbes list as one of the greatest private companies with $6.1. billion.

In 2016, OSI Group set another milestone by the acquisition of Baho Food, another famous Dutch meat manufacturer. This activity gave OSI group more hold in Europe. Baho has about five branch industries in Germany and Netherlands. The executive team of Baho Group was very excited to be incorporated into the larger OSI Group. They will be working hand in hand with the team of OSI group in making the company grow more in Europe as well as worldwide.

OSI is one of the best entrepreneurial companies and has a very holistic towards work ethics and working with its employees. In the group, the voices of all the employees are taken into account along with following specific strategies and rules.

Sheldon Lavin is the current Chairman and CEO Of OSI group. He has a very long relationship of about 43 years with the company. Lavin started his career as a successful executive in the banking sector and built his financial firm. He has a first hand in transforming the face of OSI group from McDonald’s focused meat supplier to a worldwide provider. The company proudly boasts of about 20,000 employees globally. Lavin has been a part of the company as a financial advisor from 1970 when the business was known as Otto and Sons. He was very much involved in the expansion of the enterprise in North America, Europe, South America and Taiwan. In 1980, he acquired half of the controlling interest when one of the original owners sold it to him. Lavin is also a part of many charity foundations like Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Jewish United Fund, etc.

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