The market in Spain is demanding more chicken, and OSI Group is there to supply it. Their plant in Toledo, Spain was recently expanded and it is now possible for them to produce twice as much chicken as they were able to previously. In total, OSI Food Solutions has the capability to produce 45,000 tons of meat products including beef, pork, and chicken.
Not only are they able to produce more food for their customers in Spain, they are providing more jobs in the area. It’s estimated that this expansion has created approximately 140 new jobs. One of the most exciting developments from this expansion is a new test kitchen that will allow OSI to create new food products that could be sold to customers around the world.
Sustainability is important to OSI Group, especially to their CEO Sheldon Lavin. When this expansion was designed, Sheldon Lavin and other management at OSI Group considered the different ways that they could minimize their environmental impact. Not only did OSI create the new portions of the plant, they also upgraded the equipment that was already there to make it more energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
OSI Group has gone through some big changes over their 100 years in business. When their Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Lavin first joined the company, it was still known as Otto & Sons. He played a large role in the transition of the company to the corporation that is it today. In 1975, Sheldon Lavin was asked to become a partner of the company.
One of the largest clients of OSI Group is McDonald’s, and they have dedicated a large part of their capabilities to ensure that they are able to meet the demands of the ever-expanding fast-food chain. When McDonald’s became an international business, OSI Group did as well. The first international market that OSI joined was Germany, the country their founder originally immigrated from to the United States.
This expansion into international capitalization left Sheldon Lavin with a lot of responsibilities. In the early 1980’s, he was named the CEO and Chairman of OSI. After this expansion, OSI saw a lot of growth that continues to this day. They have become one of the biggest companies in the United States with $6.1 billion in sales in 2016. Through hard work and expansion, they are considered to be one of the most vital providers of food across the globe.