OSI Group is always making new and better meat food products, and they also have added new food processing companies to improve food quality over the years. They have even more meat product output now in the Chicago area due to buying out a plant formerly owned by Tyson Foods in south Chicago. Tyson had felt it was time to cut costs and no longer saw that plant as an asset. Though many employees had already quit the plant expecting their jobs to be lost, when OSI Group acquired it they kept all employees who still remained. OSI has always prioritized retaining employees and adding new jobs with every expansion they’ve made.
OSI Group has developed meat products both raw and made to order with the goal of meeting customer demands according to each region they serve. Their products include sausage, bacon, ground beef and poultry prepared foods. They also create and prepare pizzas for a several pizza chains. The longest partner OSI has had is McDonald’s, but the company was formed almost 50 years before McDonald’s really became a big name restaurant chain. Otto Kolschowsky began it as a butcher shop in 1909 and officially named it Otto & Sons in 1926. It served mostly local food service companies at first, but after entering the agreement with McDonald’s they began exploring ways to grow capital and open up much larger facilities. It was Sheldon Lavin, a former banker who helped acquire loans for opening the first few factories, and by the mid 1970s more revenue started coming in to grow with McDonald’s. They also changed their name to OSI Industries around that same time.
OSI Group first opened its overseas operations in Germany in 1978 and followed that up with new facilities in Spain, India, China and South America as it became a globally connected company. The company generates over $5 billion in annual revenue and with over 50 factories in 17 countries, it’s the 10th largest meat processing company in the world. OSI not only employs some of the highest efficiency assembly line technology, they also rank high in employee safety in the dangerous plants. They have also monitored the levels of fossil fuel output and environmental impact, and in recognition of their going above the legal safety requirements they received the Globe of Honour from the British Safety Council. They also are a charity sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House.