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OSI Group:From Local Meat Market To International Food Producer

The OSI Group is a world leader in the production and distribution of food products to businesses worldwide. From its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, the OSI Group manages its more than 20,000 workers in over 70 production facilities located in almost 20 countries. Founded in the suburbs of Chicago in 1909 as a neighborhood meat market, the company has grown to become the 68th largest business in the United States. Originally, the company was run by the founder Otto Kolschowsky and his sons. However, Sheldon Lavin purchased the company in the 1980s and serves as its CEO.

Ever since its founding more than 100 years ago, the OSI Group has been known for providing the very best food products for supermarkets and restaurants. Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin the company’s reputation for quality endures. The company is also known for treating it staff like members of an extended family and providing them with many perks. Lavin says that the family atmosphere at the OSI Group and the great treatment staff members receive are two of the things of which he is most proud. Lavin and the OSI Group have also received numerous awards for being great corporate citizens and the environmental sustainability of their operations.

The OSI Group has grown consistently over the years. It went from serving local families to providing choice cuts of meat to restaurants and supermarket to delivering beef patties for the McDonald’s franchise. Under the control of Sheldon Lavin , the company is now in countries all over the world. Not only does the OSI Group provide meat, dough and vegetable products to businesses in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and North, South and Central America, the company also has processing facilities on almost every continent. Their use of local teams helps to make the OSI Group better prepared to meet the culturally based needs of their diverse customer base.

As part of their expansion into the European market, the OSI Group recently purchased both Baho Foods and Flagship Europe. These companies provide a wide range of foods and condiments to more than 20 countries throughout Europe. This enables the OSI Group to increase it footprint in Europe. Its facilities there recently won the British Safety Council’s 2016 Globe of Honor. The OSI Group also expanded its production capabilities in the United States by purchasing a former Tyson Food plant located on Chicago’s South side.

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