If you’ve had one of those mouth-watering Neal’s for breakfast such as bacon, sausage patties or an already prepared inlet sandwich, it may have been processed by OSI Industries. OSI Industries, the parent to OSI Food Group is a major manufacturer of processed meats and customized dinner entrees. It’s headquartered in Aurora, IL and owns 50 plants across 17 different countries, and each country it operates in it has local sales agents working with clients. OSI Industries has patented many processing technologies and has worked closely with many wholesale companies in meat product branding. Their longest standing partnership has been with McDonald’s restaurants.
OSI Industries’ history goes back over 100 years ago when Otto Kolschowsky founded butcher shop in Chicago, and it grew into a profitable family business that his sons were happy to take over after he retired. Hence why its original name was Otto & Sons. It was in the 1950s that Chicago businessman and new McDonald’s owner Ray Kroc asked Otto & Sons to be the chief provider of its beef, an offer they gladly accepted. But as McDonald’s grew, Otto & Sons realized they too were going to have to match their output, and they needed someone financially savvy to do that. That’s when Sheldon Lavin came in and helped Otto & Sons raise the funds for a big processing plant with for large distribution. Lavin would later be sold an ownership stake and become CEO of Otto & Sons renaming OSI Industries.
Since 1978, OSI has been growing in the European markets with its first investment in Germany. It’s two biggest a acquisitions in recent days have been Baho Food in the Netherlands, and Flagship Europe in the UK. OSI has also had quite a presence in China for about 20 years, and they’re now opening a plant in the Philippines.
One of OSI’s chief concerns has been safe working conditions because both the sharp tools and machinery in meat processing can be dangerous to use. So far OSI has earned excellent ratings for safety and environmental consciousness, and just last year the British Safety Council gave them the Globe of Honour award for it. OSI has also been reviewed as one of the best companies to work for thanks to leaders who listen, and rewarding longtime employees who have worked hard for them.
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