OSI Industries believes its job of supplying locally raised and processed meats is never over, and this last June of 2017 they built on their already dominant capabilities by opening a new plant in the Philippines. This new plant is managed by their sister company GenOSI and is going to serve a large volume of new restaurants in the Philippines and nearby countries. This new plant is able to output 23,000 metric tons in a year, and it’s bringing in nearly all the workers who served at the old plant not far away. OSI Industries Chairman Sheldon Lavin is excited about what the new plant will do for the area and states that the high production with commitment to safety will continue.
OSI Industries began in Chicago where it is still headquartered today. Its original name was Otto & Sons, a family name started by its first owner Otto Kolschowsky. Kolschowsky moved into the area at the turn of the century as he saw an opportunity to make money in the meat marketing industry, and 17 years after opening his initial shop he had a large-scale market center running. He passed the ownership on to his sons by the 1940s and into the 1950s, and it was then that they were given their biggest chance to gain profits by forming a partnership with McDonald’s. This partnership led to the bringing on of financial consultant Sheldon Lavin who helped fund the building of a high capacity plant and later took over as CEO. By the mid 1980s Otto & Sons became renamed to OSI Industries as a statement of Otto and Sons going international.
OSI Industries began primarily with its base in beef processing but its focused on adding chicken farms and increasing poultry in recent years. The company has even moved beyond meats to include vegetable entrees and sauces catered in its packages, and its food research engineers and specialists work closely with local sales merchants to create the foods they want for their supermarket or restaurant businesses. But OSI Industries also wants to add jobs to every expansion they make, and an example of this was when they bought a former Tyson Food plant in south Chicago and kept the employees who feared their jobs would be in jeopardy. OSI is currently the 10th largest meat processing company in the world according to a food magazine, and its also the main supporter for the Ronald McDonald House Charities.