The success of every company depends entirely on its management and partnerships. The vision plans and strategies a management team enacts for a company is not possible without the foresight of a CEO. It is impossible to talk about OSI Group without talking about its CEO, Sheldon Lavin. Under his leadership, Sheldon Lavin has taken OSI Group to greater heights, and one such achievement is making this company a sustainable food production company. His efforts are built upon the history, challenges, state-of-the-art technology, and teamwork. Combining all these aspects have made OSI Group a large food production company in the world.
Over the years, this company has grown from a Chicago neighbourhood butcher shop to a principal McDonald’s leading supplier. In any business, taking risks allows for more growth and a push out of the comfort zone. Implementing new strategies and techniques led to the growth of the company in terms of market as well as an increase in clients. The growth of the company has also led to an increase in its employment rate as well as its working facilities. OSI Group has received various awards not only due to its economic achievements but also for its services to the community and environment.
The growth of OSI as a company can also be attributed to contributions made by McDonald. McDonald the COO and the president of McDonald restaurant has played an active role when it comes to the success of OSI. Some of the contributions he has made when it comes to the expansion of OSI to the international market include the procurement of Flagship Europe and Boho Foods in China. His expertise in food production also helped raise the standards of production and supply to his chain of fast food restaurants. Another common similarity between McDonald and OSI is that they originated from the American Midwest.
The first McDonald was raised in 1995, and apparently, it was not so far away from where the first OSI headquarters was located. However, during this period OSI was known as Otto & Sons. Their locations led to the strong working relationship that has gone on for years and eventually led to its growth worldwide. McDonald also worked in OSI, and this taught him a lot about the technical operations of a food company as well as instilling in him a corporate culture. With the success that OSI has had over the years, you can surely expect nothing less in the coming years.
OSI Group started off as a neighborhood butcher shop that was founded by a German immigrant in the Oak Park section of Chicago in 1909. This butcher shop’s original name was Otto & Sons, and it grew to be a successful local business for several years. Otto Kolschowsky, the founder of Otto & Sons, had a chance meeting with Ray Kroc in 1955. This meeting would change the fortunes of Otto & Sons forever. The relationship between Otto and Ray Kroc of McDonald’s would help Otto & Sons become OSI Group, which is one of the largest food distributors in the world.
Ray Kroc would later buy out the McDonald’s corporation and become its CEO. Otto & Sons were in a unique position to provide the ever-increasing number of McDonald’s restaurants with a consistent and affordable supply of beef. The financial windfall over the next couple of decades helped Otto & Sons to upgrade their process and equipment. In recognition of their technologically advanced operations, Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975. When McDonald’s went international in the late 1970s, so did OSI Industries with joint ventures in Germany and Spain. OSI Industries would later change its name to OSI Group to reflect its growth in the international arena.
Over the next several years, OSI would expand its global operation into several markets, including Brazil, Austria, Mexico, Hungary, Poland, China, the Philippines, India, Australia, and Taiwan. The company also expanded its food production beyond beef products to include pork, poultry, and vegetables
Today, OSI Group has over 20,000 employees working in 65 facilities in 17 countries. The company had $6.1 billion in sales in 2016, which made it the 58th largest private company in America according to Forbes. OSI Group’s history from its humble beginnings to a global multi-billion dollar corporation makes it a true American success story.
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David McDonald, famously known as Dave among his friends, was born in northeast state of Iowa. He attended the Iowa State University in Ames between 1983 and 1987. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He also received the Outstanding Senior Award Wallace E. Barron. He joined OSI Group in 1987. The Company was founded in 1909 and serves retail and food-service industries. For the 30 years in the Industry; David rose through ranks to become OSI’s current-president and Chief Operating Officer. He also sits on the board-of-directors of the company.
McDonald’s great contribution to OSI Group
He joined the company at a time when it was experiencing tremendous aspirations for growth. He became part of the company’s then constant desire to grow itself globally and satisfy its customers.
David has been keen on the sustainability of OSI Group. He has employed a logistics team comprising of experts and highly experienced personnel needed in global-market. The team is required to work hand in hand with management to enhance smooth-flow of operations. He has worked hard in ensuring expansion of the OSI Group’s activities in the global market.
The Company now boasts of owning more than 50 business premises across 17 countries. Products supplied include; McDonalds, Subway, Burger King, Starbucks among others. The company is in the process of expanding its business operations to China. Its facilities under construction will render it the largest poultry producer in the whole of China.
OSI Group under David’s leadership has tremendously improved its processing and production section. Such improvements include; establishment of beef processing plant in Poland and frozen foods processing plant in India. The company has also expanded its market in Hungary and Geneva.
To maintain local consumer’s taste, he has established a local network with teams and firms globally. The management teams ensure an understanding of the local consumers’ taste and cultures. For more info about us: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSI_Group click here.
David was delighted by the OSI’s acquisition of the Dutch based Baho Food. He said that the acquisition will broaden the company’s business in the European market. He noted that Baho’s products and brands will be a great complement to OSI in meeting evolving needs of the customers. He also made it clear that Baho Food staff will be retained despite the acquisition and the new ownership. David’s strategic approaches have produced significant results for the firm.