Recent European Expansion and Doubled Chicken Production Will Ensure That OSI Industries Continues To Be Able To Meet and Exceed Customer Expectations:

Aurora, Illinois based meat processing company OSI Industries is a world leader in the supply of the retail and food service industry. The company’s history goes back to 1909 when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened his family operated meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. The company was originally known as Otto & Sons. The company expanded steadily over the following decades and in 1955, became the supplier of ground beef patties for McDonald’s restaurants. OSI has continued in this capacity to this day as well as being the supplier for KFC. In 1970, Otto & Sons hired financial consultant Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon had a tremendous vision for the company and has grown it into a global powerhouse. The company changed name to OSI Industries in 1975 and today the company operates in 17 countries worldwide.

The company’s expansion continues to date with recent expansion to the European base. Part of this expansion has taken place in Spain where OSI has recently doubled its chicken production capacity. This expanded production capacity has now reached more than 45,000 tons of beef, pork and chicken products. This has been accomplished by the addition of a high-capacity production line in OSI’s facility in Toledo, Spain. The company has made a €17 million investment that has seen production capacity of processed chicken products expand from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons per year. The overall goal of this production expansion is to add new products to the company portfolio and will serve to entice new foodservice and retail customers as well as to supports the continued growth of OSI’s long-standing clients. The company has made a similar expansion recently in the Netherlands with the acquisition of the Dutch company Baho Food. Baho Food is a producer of convenience food, deli meats and snacks. Similar to OSI’s expansion efforts in Spain, the acquisition of Baho Food has strengthened OSI’s portfolio of products and like the situation in Spain has increased the company’s ability to meet and exceed the needs of its customer base. This kind of forward thinking is what has made OSI Industries a global powerhouse in the food industry.

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