Former Tyson Foods Plant Is In Good Hands With OSI Group Continuing Its Operations
Hundreds of workers at a Tyson Foods plant in a south Chicago neighborhood were greeted with bad news not long ago when they were told that plant would be closing down. A number of them left to find other jobs, but those who didn’t were given some good news when they heard that OSI Group would be buying the plant. OSI has built up its holdings with more than 50 plants throughout the world, and this addition will greatly bolster domestic production in the Midwest. OSI has always sought to build up their product line, and they have a long history of keeping previous company employees on whenever they complete a buyout.
OSI Group has a history of quality meat processing going back more than 100 years. They were a butcher shop that became a meat market started by Otto Kolschowsky and were first named Otto & Sons in 1926. The company stayed local with most of the clientele they supplied for many years, but then Ray Kroc, the CEO of McDonald’s asked them to be the main supplier for its upcoming restaurants. They started an international investment initiative to build plants across the US and into foreign markets, and one of the leaders of that push was former banker Sheldon Lavin. As those processing plants were built and more clients gained, the company was rebranded from Otto & Sons to OSI Group. Lavin was promoted to CEO, the position he still holds today.
Meat products are the main foods that OSI Group distributes such as breakfast foods, deli and sandwich meats, prepared hamburgers and sub sandwiches, pizzas, chicken entrees, and other frozen meats. But the company also has several non-meat products it sells including salads, fruit mixes, baked pastries and pies and several other side dishes. The company is ranked 10th in the world of largest meat processors and owns several subsidiaries such as Baho Food, Select Ready Foods, K&K Foods and Flagship Europe.
OSI Group is known for being a great place to work because they do not risk employee safety over the high demands of their industry, and they run their company like a family. Even Lavin and his fellow executive President David McDonald say everyone calls each other by their first name while at work to keep the atmosphere personable. OSI is also a charity sponsor with ties to the boards of the Jewish United Fund, the Ronald McDonald House Charities and National Multiple Sclerosis Society.