OSI Group Continues Its Worldwide Expansion

In 2016, OSI Group bought a Chicago storage warehouse and food processing facility from Tyson Foods. OSI North America’s senior executive vice-president, Kevin Scott, said the extra space would allow OSI Group to meet the customer’s changing needs. Tyson announced the closing of the Chicago plant in 2015, and a second facility later.

OSI Group’s headquarters is in Aurora, Illinois and it has 65 facilities in 17 countries. Also in 2016, OSI Group acquired a Baho Food controlling stake. David G. McDonald, the OSI COO, said this will give OSI Europe a larger variety of products. Baho Food has the companies Baho Foods, Gelderland Frischwaren, Henri van de Bilt, Q Smart Life, and Vital Convenience.

OSI Group acquired Flagship Europe from the Denver Flagship Food Group. In 2018, Flagship Europe’s name was changed to Creative Foods Europe. It had previously bought the UK supplier Calder Foods. Flagship Europe now has access to OSI’s resources and global markets. OSI Group’s COO and President, David McDonald, was optimistic about their future presence in Europe.

In 2017, OSI Group added a high capacity production line to its Toledo, Spain facility. Now OSI Food Solutions Spain produces 45,000 tons of beef, chicken, and pork products. 20 new jobs were added by the management. The demand for these products has increased over the last few years. OSI Group has been focused on innovative food product manufacturing, quality customer experience, research and development since 1909.

The building in Spain now has a production hall, refrigerated rooms, service areas, shipping and receiving area, a social area for employees, and storage areas. The security of the facility has been bolstered to protect the employees and the products. The facility has increased the company’s energy efficiency and sustainability through its lowered electricity and modern equipment.

Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and chairman of OSI Group. In 1970, he financed Otto & Sons, which became OSI Industries before being renamed OSI Group. India’s Vision World Academy gave Lavin the Global Visionary Award. David McDonald joined OSI Group in 1987, and he has stayed with the company for over 30 years.