OSI Industries: Expanding From Butcher Shop To Global Food Giant

When German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened his Chicago area family-owned butcher shop and meat market Otto & Sons, known for its excellent cuts of meat, little did he know how large the company would become. Today, after more than 100 years of being committed to meeting the needs of customers for the highest quality products, combined with strategic growth, Otto & Sons is now the international food processing industry leader OSI Industries. The company is known all over the world for producing a wide range of the most nutritious, delicious, culturally-sensitive foods for the global market.

While some company’s drive to expand into a growing number of new markets leads them to cut corners when it comes to product quality and worker and environmental safety, OSI Industries does just the opposite. Even as the company serves customers in 85 countries, they continue to win awards for food safety and quality and enlightened environmental stewardship. Although OSI Industries expansion efforts have led them to build over 70 facilities for processing meat, fish, poultry, vegetable and dough products in 17 countries, quality, safety and customer satisfaction still serves as their guide.

Through expansion, joint ventures and acquisitions OSI Industries now has customers and facilities in Germany, Spain, Austria, Poland, Hungry, United Kingdom and the Netherlands, yet they’re still working to reach more customers on the European continent. To that end, they have added high capacity production lines to the chicken, pork and beef processing facility in Toledo, Spain. OSI Industries also acquired UK based food company Flagship Europe and Baho Foods, a Dutch company with customers in almost 20 companies throughout Europe. Together they give OSI Industries a more significant European presence.

Along with their growing customer base in Europe, OSI Industries expansion efforts have also led them to have a growing number of customers in Latin America, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, the Philippines, Beijing, Weihai and Shanghai in China, Bangalore and Punjab in India, Australia, Japan and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. OSI Industries president David McDonald is given credit for much of the company’s successful expansion efforts because of his unique ability to deal with suppliers, workers and governmental agencies in a wide range of foreign countries. Over the past 20 years he has helped OSI Industries to become China’s largest processor of poultry.

For over 109 years, OSI Industries has keep their focus on producing quality products and increasing the market they serve.

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