Global Expansion Strategies at OSI Industries

Over the past five years of operation, OSI Industries major focus has been on both domestic and international expansion. Since the debut of its Chair and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Lavin to the company in the 1970s, it has experienced dramatic growth. He has been actively involved in enhancing and fueling its initial and continued global expansion strategies.

OSI Industries has successfully acquired and purchased firms along its line of operation that will greatly contribute towards its future sustainability. The acquisition of Baho foods aids in its efforts to expand its market reaches into the Netherlands and the entire European market. Additionally, the company acquired flagship Europe in 2016 with an aim of reaching out to its clients based in the U.K as well as other parts of Europe. The acquisition would also help in improving service delivery in the already existing markets.

Moreover, OSI purchased the former Chicago-based Tyson Foods plant in 2017. Through its extensive space, OSI can effectively serve its clients in North America by increasing its production. The facility will greatly contribute towards meeting the increasing demand for OSI products in the market. Another expansion facility is the company’s production plant based in Spain, Toledo. The plant facilitates high-capacity production as well as advanced means of receiving, refrigerating and transporting facilities.

OSI Industries was first established and run by Otto & Sons as a small meat and butcher shop in 1909. During this time, the shop served people living in Chicago suburbs. Its first major breakthrough was in 1955 when it was chosen to supply the first McDonald’s restaurant chain. Still, under its original name, the venture established a plant in West Chicago in 1973 committed to the core business of processing beef for the McDonald’s. It later expanded to Utah and Germany while still serving the McDonald’s.

In the 1980’s the firm opened other establishments in Brazil, Spain, Austria and Taiwan. By 1980s OSI’s presence was evident in more regions such as Mexico, Philippines as well as various countries in Europe. OSI is currently operating about 65 facilities in 17 different countries globally. Besides the production of beef, fish, pork, poultry, vegetables and dough products, the firm also offers snacks and condiments. It thrives in a diverse team of roughly 20,000 employees working all around the globe.

OSI Industries has received several prestigious awards for its efforts in maintaining safety and environmental standards. The company’s headquarters are located in Aurora, Illinois.

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