Known as one of America’s top 100 food companies, OSI Group was once a small meat company, known as Ottos & Sons, Inc. It was founded in 1909 in Oak Park, Illinois by a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky. This small family meat market was the predecessor to what is today, OSI Group. In 1975, Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Group, which is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. OSI Group is a $6 billion-dollar company with approximately 20 thousand employees, and 67 facilities located in 16 countries. OSI Group is the 58th biggest private company in America as reported by Forbes.com
OSI Group produces a large variety of fish, poultry, meat, vegetable, specialty-dough, and food processing solutions for many of its clients and stakeholders. OSI Group supplies products to retail, private-label, foodservice-distributor, restaurant, and the industrial sector.
Over the years, OSI Group has hit key business milestones and expanded into many international regions like India, China, and also Europe. OSI Group has also received awards and accolades for their consistency in areas like product quality, innovation, energy efficiency, environmental safety, and sustainability.
A UK-based subsidiary of OSI Group was awarded the Globe of Honour award in December of 2016. This award is handed out to companies, which are based in the UK that achieve high levels of excellence and eminence in areas of environmental safety.
OSI Group is led by Chief Operating Officer (CEO), Sheldon Lavin. Mr. Lavin has been with OSI Group since 1970 when it was called Otto & Sons. David McDonald is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) and the President of OSI Group. Nicole Johnson-Hoffman is President of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB). As the former Vice President of GRSB, Nicole Johnson-Hoffman is the Chief Sustainability Officer, and Senior Vice President for OSI Group.
Recently, OSI Group added new processing facilities in Toledo, Spain, based on consumer need for chicken. Market demands resulted in more action for OSI Group and their subsidiary, OSI Spain for the doubling of its chicken processing capacity. OSI Spain and OSI Group worked together to add new capital to handle these chicken production capacities.
The implementation of this high volume production facility in the Spanish city of Toledo was designed to increase their production number from 12 thousand tons to 24 thousand tons. Today, OSI Group produces approximately 45 thousand tons of beef, chicken, and pork products.