OSI Industries, the parent company to OSI Food Group continues to grow and it’s even bought a food plant recently that belongs to the number 1 meat distributor, Tyson Foods. OSI Industries has maintained a high level among big meat competitors not only because of its notable clients and the precision of its operations, but also because it’s a company that’s taken good care of its employees and has an open door to the executive offices. The current CEO of OSI Industries is Sheldon Lavin who has over 40 years in the business, and David McDonald who has helped the company market its products to new meat merchants. But how did it all start?
OSI Industries was originally founded by Otto Kolschowsky, a man who came to America in the very beginning of the 20th century to find a business opportunity for his family. He saw an opportunity to open a butcher shop in Chicago that he helped grow into a fairly large local meat processing and wholesale company. As his sons took over, it became known as Otto & Sons.
The Kolschowsky’s maintained the company fairly well, but then they had a new mission once McDonald’s franchise CEO struck a deal with them to become the restaurant’s biggest meat supplier. To meet the McDonalds demand, they needed to invest soundly in more meat plants both domestically and internationally, and to do that they hired financial consultant Sheldon Lavin. When the Kolschowsky brothers decided to retire, they nominated Lavin as CEO and then sold their ownership to him, and the company became OSI Industries.
In the years since, OSI Industries has helped McDonalds and many other American fast food chains take root across Europe, Asia and Africa. But OSI doesn’t just serve the fast food industry, they also have both processed and unprocessed meats sent to local grocery store owners and anyone who chooses to buy both prepared and unprepared meats. Meat processing and preparing has been known as a dangerous line of work due to all the sharp tools that employees use, and OSI Industries has upheld some of the highest industry standards at their plants, so much so that the British Safety Council gave them the Globe of Honour due to keeping their facilities safe. OSI Industries also supports many non-profit groups including the Ronald McDonald House Charities Foundation.