The growth of the OSI Group in the international market is one of the best expansion programs that have taken place among the good production companies. The company has been expanding its operations to more countries all over the world. Under the current management of CEO Sheldon Lavin and President David McDonald, the company now operates in 25 countries. The expansion is still work in progress, and in coming years, more growth is expected. Recently, OSI Group has completed acquisitions of other companies in Europe as well as increasing their production plants locally and internationally. OSI has headquarters in Aurora, Illinois.
The growth of this food company has taken place over one century. What started as a butcher shop has grown into one of the top companies in the word. Otto Kolschowsky started this business in 1909 as a business that would supply meat products in Chicago. The business, however, showed good growth after running for some time. The owner was even forced to move to another location where he could manage to run a wholesale business. The business was renamed to Otto &Sons in 1928 and continued to grow under the leadership of Otto and his two sons- Arthur and Harry.
Otto & Sons would later grow rapidly over the years after it started supplying the McDonalds with hamburgers. With McDonald’s growing rapidly over the years, OSI Group was forced to increase its production to meet the demand that was coming from McDonald’s. They build the first food production plant outside Chicago. It was exclusively for the supply of food products to McDonald’s.
In 1975, they brought Sheldon Lavin, a former executive in the banking sector to help them with international expansion of the business. Sheldon Lavin facilitated the development of the business such that he was made the CEO, a position that he holds to date. The success of the OSI Group has direct input from him. For the past four decades, he has concentrated on expanding the activities of the group. OSI has made some vital acquisition in the past few years which have seen its presence in Europe improve.
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