The OSI Group is a United States corporation based out of suburban Chicago that is one of the largest privately owned companies in the food processing business. They sell food processing services along with food products, and research and development skills to a large contingent of customers throughout the American, European, and Asian markets. Originally founded in 1909, OSI group was started by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant providing for his family by opening a family-run meat market and butcher shop. Among the spotlight accomplishments in the company’s rise is a deal in 1955 between Kolschowsky and McDonald’s owner Roy Kroc to be the exclusive provider of burger meat for the growing chain. That move cemented them in the food industry and gave them the footing necessary to propel themselves to being one of the top 100 food industry companies in America today.
At the heart of OSI Group are a set of core values that have, since their inception, given the company and its employees the drive and direction toward success. One set of these values are customer oriented and focus on not seeing customers as interchangeable as so many businesses do, but to see business conducted as part of a long-term partnership where both companies can complement each other and grow together. This involves catering to the unique needs of whichever retail or food industry company OSI Group is working with, and that can lead to very customized and creative solutions. Alongside the care and concern for customers is a thorough commitment to their employees. The company can boast a phenomenal safety track record backed by industry awards, and otherwise takes care of their employees needs as if they were family. As longtime CEO Sheldon Levin is fond of saying, “I see everyone who works at OSI Group as a family.”
With these core values and under the leadership of Levin, OSI Group has soared in recent decades in breadth and depth. They have a implemented a wonderful research and development department that will work with every customer created concept to produce a product that is both unique and cost-effective to produce. They have expanded to 55 facilities in 16 countries, employee over 20,000, and have a net worth exceeding $6 billion. They have also acquired major names in the industry such as Tyson Food, Baho Food, and Flagship Europe. But even with all they have accomplished, they still remain committed to their core values and continue to climb the food industry ladder.
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