Many companies in the highly competitive meat industry have their periods of success, but then end up seeing their finances come down and end up swallowed up by competitors. But OSI Industries has been in business over 100 years and even to this day keeps growing and finding new markets. What is their secret to success? Their products have certainly been well-known for quality in taste and variety as OSI sells everything from breakfast meats to prepared sandwiches and pizzas. OSI Group has been the main meat provider to McDonalds and other fast food chains since their inception, but it’s not just their business partnerships.
OSI Industries began in 1909 when Otto Kolschowsky moved to Chicago and started a butcher shop in Chicago. His sons took part in building the butcher shop into a local meat distributor that stayed in business all through the Great Depression, and in 1957 formed an agreement with McDonalds to become their chief supplier and partner. But they needed some financial guidance to keep the pace with McDonalds’s growth, and that’s when Sheldon Lavin came in and started making the company even more profitable and cut expenses. Lavin later became CEO and then changed the company name to OSI Industries.
Even though the company changed hands from the Kolschowsky family, Lavin and company President David McDonald have tried to structure the company as a family-based company. They value employee input and look at ways they can improve how their company is run, and over the years OSI has become known as a company with little overturn. OSI Group has acquired several companies in its effort to grow its overseas operations, yet they’ve made it important that companies they do acquire keep their name, and they also offer employees a chance to keep their jobs.
OSI Industries has managed to keep their workplaces safe over the years, despite working in a cutthroat industry that often compromises safety and sharp tools in order to produce fast. But in keeping their workplaces safe, they’ve also used practices that keep the surrounding environment clean and green. In recognition of their initiatives, the British Safety Council gave OSI the Globe of Honour in 2016. Lavin and McDonald have also gotten OSI Group involved in their communities and they’re the sponsor company of the Ronald McDonald House Charities, and have also given to the Inner City Foundation of Chicago.
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