David McDonald Top Leader of OSI Group

David McDonald was raised on a farm in Iowa. It was no surprise when he went on to pursue a degree in animal science. As an alumnus from Iowa State University, David McDonald remains active with the school. He contributes to the scholarship fund and helps the students by being involved in making internships available to them at OSI Group. David McDonald has been awarded for his work in the alumni association and also for his philanthropic work.

Working at OSI as a project manager was David McDonald’s first job after graduating from Iowa State University. He is the company’s current president and chief operating officer. OSI Group is a meat processing company based in Illinois. When the business first opened, they were a butcher shop then it grew to become supplier to McDonald’s restaurants. Within the last twenty years the company has expanded into the large international corporation it is today. In 2016 it earned a ranking of 58 on Forbes list as being among the largest privately owned U.S. company. Their products include bacon, fish, and other meats. The company has operations in seventeen countries with around sixty-five processing facilities. They supply to restaurants domestically and overseas including Subway and Starbucks in China.

His experience and knowledge has led him to play a key role in the company’s expansion to China. The company has acquired Baho Foods and Creative Foods Europe which help them with growing in the European market. The company has also expanded into other foods and do not only focus on the meat products that started the company. OSI Group has partnered with Nation Pizza and Foods in the domestic market. They are expanding to include frozen entrées and even tofu products. By acquiring other companies and by partnerships the company continues to grow both domestically and overseas. The company also cares about the environment. Their facilities adhere to environmental standards and are certified by LEED, they are energy efficient and meet green standards. David McDonald’s leadership will definitely help the company continue to grow. The company attributes their success to continuously making improvements and anticipating consumer needs and staying ahead of their competition.

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OSI Group One Century Old

Currently one of the major food producers and distributors in the world is a company called OSI Group. They are located in 17 countries and have 65 facilities in all. They employ upwards of 20,000 employees. The company started out as a small meat market in the west side of Chicago in 1909. The business grew and was then relocated to Maywood Chicago after World War II. The business was afterwards renamed to Otto and Son’s in 1928. In the middle of the 1950’s Otto and Son’s began providing meat to the growing franchise named McDonald’s. They soon were providing most of it and this lead to the expansion of the company.

Eventually in 1975 Otto and Son’s became OSI Group. When food is frozen with liquid nitrogen the process is called flash freezing. The company began to use this innovation. The process allowed food to be frozen quickly and thus helped to allow the vast network of transporting frozen food to take place late in the 1960’s. Sheldon Lavin became a partner of the company in 1975. He became CEO of OSI Group in the early 1980’s. Afterwards the company continued to expand and began to do business not just with McDonald’s but with other companies in the industry as well. Today OSI Group does a bit over six billion dollars a year in business.

The company is now selling items called value added protein products. Pizza and sausage and hamburgers are examples of these. They also sell non meat products. The company has many locations around the world today. Europe,China,japan and India are some of these locations. The company entered into a venture with a company called OJC foods in China to sell specialty dough products. They also went into a poultry venture with DoYoo Group and the OSI Henan processing plant. This plant is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design facility or (LEED). Growth has also taken place in Europe. From a small meat market in the west side of Chicago in 1909 to a major world player OSI Group now is quite a success story.

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