OSI Industries has had many new processing centers and high-capacity beef and poultry lines built in Europe over the years, and now a facility in Toledo, Spain is adding to its chicken production capacity with new heating and storage units and advanced equipment. This facility previously outputted 12,000 tons to now capable of 24,000 tons. OSI Spain’s managing director José María del Río said this investment was critical to meeting new demands in Spain’s poultry market and will be able to increase its customer service base. David McDonald, the president of OSI Industries also said this facility’s new capabilities will add to its global reach and is a step forward in the company’s innovation.
OSI Industries is headquartered in Chicago because that’s where it began under founder Otto Kolschowsky in 1909. Kolschowsky would bring in livestock from local farms and butcher it, and in time he and his sons started increasing their meat sales and turned the shop into a large market store known as Otto & Sons. The company stayed in the Kolschowsky family for over 70 years but formed its first big partnership in a deal with McDonald’s owner Ray Kroc in the 1950s. Several years after this deal McDonald’s started growing to new regions, and to increase their production capabilities Otto & Sons needed to acquire a new plant. Former banker and investment consultant Sheldon Lavin helped them get the loan, and he soon was involved in other facets of the company as well. He would become CEO and Chairman in the 1980s and later David McDonald would join the company as president and chief operating officer.
OSI Industries has primarily supplied their customized and prepared meats to McDonald’s, but they’ve also had partnerships with Wendy’s, Subway and Pizza Hut over the years. Their facilities have been built with not only high grade cutting and packaging equipment, but also have low-pollution refrigeration stations and logistics docks. Teams of advanced food engineers also undertake research and testing to meet the demands of clients in different regions and adapt to customer tastes. But OSI Industries is also known for continuing the family atmosphere that existed under the Kolschowsky’s ownership and many employees report staying on long-term. The company executives also prefer to retain as many employees and managers as possible when they buyout a company and to add jobs if possible while sometimes also retaining the company’s brand name.