When it comes to doing business, having strong purchasing power is a great route to take. If your company has purchasing power, then it has unlimited potential to grow. This is certainly the case with America’s OSI Industries. This Midwest-based global food giant has used its purchasing power to enhance its global appeal. In 2016, OSI Industries embarked on a long journey of purchasing other businesses. This is actually known as acquisitions, and OSI has added multiple foreign businesses to its already huge team. Flagship Europe and BAHO Food are the culprits. These two European giants had already possessed huge interests in their neck of the woods.
OSI Industries acquired both of these food entities, which has resulted into creating a much stronger brand. Here in the United States, OSI Industries went on to acquire stake in Tyson Foods. The company achieved this by purchasing one of Tyson’s Chicago based facilities. This facility as just what the doctor ordered as it will be used to strengthened OSI’s foundation. OSI spent a whopping $7.4 million for Tyson Foods’ 200,000 square-foot facility. At the same time, this exclusive company has personal connections with all of its clients. That can’t be said for many of the other leading food processors that thrive in this sector of business.
One of the company’s biggest and best relationships have come from doing business with McDonald’s. At one point in time, OSI was one of the hamburger chain’s most utilized components. OSI constructed an entire plant that specifically catered to McDonald’s. Sheldon Lavin is owed a bit of credibility for taking this company to the next level. This man has used his excellent brilliance in finance to rake in billions of dollars. Lavin has also been presented with the Global Visionary Award as well as the North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award.
David McDonald is the President of the OSI Group. The company is a premier global food distributor that partners with other international brands to provide its services. He has been working at the company for more than three decades helping it to grow. McDonald holds a degree in Animal Science, and he started his career just after graduating from school. While serving as the chairperson of the famous North American Meat Institute, David McDonald started his career as a project manager at OSI Group. He has also held other positions in different companies including the Marfrig Global Foods S.A. where he has been an independent Director since 2008. McDonald is currently a member of the OSI Group’s board of management. He went to Iowa State University, where he graduated with a degree in Animal Science.
How David McDonald Helped the OSI Group to Grow
Under the management of David McDonald, the OSI Group has made significant strides in the food sector. The company strives to provide top products as well as services to its clients. As a result of the global nature of the company, David works hard to protect and maintain a logistics team which can keep up with the ever-evolving international market. For the company to achieve its goals, it must work closely with the local marketers so that consumer needs are met without any difficulties. Recently, the OSI Group acquired the Baho Foods Company, which is a Dutch firm that specializes in deli meat as well as the processing of other foods. Due to the acquisition of this company, the OSI Group has gained an excellent presence in the current European region. Throughout his tenure, the company has been in the position to establish ten Chinese facilities that deal with poultry.
What Makes David McDonald Successful in Life
McDonald’s success is rooted in his company’s ability to develop valuable partnerships. According to him, each section of the organization features a grasp of the success culture in respective geographic areas. This helps McDonald to make effective decisions and create the company’s budget. When every section of the firm is successful, the global success of the entire company is heightened.
The story of OSI Industries is remarkable. It started in 1909 as a small butcher business. Otto Kolschowsky is the founder and he was a German immigrant to the U.S.
Over a century down the line, the company is in its rightful position, the 58th largest private company in the world, according to Forbes. OSI Industries ventured into the food industry while the industry was still struggling to get to its feet around the world. It grew significantly over time alongside the industry. Currently, it prides itself of more than 20,000 employees working around the clock at 65 facilities across 17 countries.
Its humble beginnings dates more than a century back with Otto Kolschowsky and his sons at the helm of its leadership. A decade after it was founded, it became a meat wholesaler and moved its operations to Maywood. In 1928, it was rebranded Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons established a good business relationship with McDonalds, an endeavor that was a fateful development. As McDonalds grew, it increased its demand for fresh meat products and since Otto & Sons was their best shot to get consistent and quality products, it made Otto & Sons its main supplier.
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Otto & Sons established a facility at West Chicago, Illinois that was dully dedicated to supplying McDonalds with meat products. To enable them go international, it rebranded to OSI Industries in 1975. At that time, the demand for a leader with Sheldon Lavin expertise increased and he was brought on board and offered the opportunity to become its partner. The company expanded to Utah and became an international active and stable business. At some point, it got a technology breakthrough that streamlined its operations and reduced costs. Consequently, they were able to offer quality and affordable products.
Since then OSI Industries embraced innovation, eco-friendly and sustainable practices. It takes the safety of its products seriously. It works around the clock to see to it that their products are safe and high quality. Currently, it is a worldwide provider of meat products and food solutions. It has gained a lot of recognition and received many accolades. It received Global Visionary Award, Globe of Honor from The British Safety Council, California Green Business Award and others. By 2016, it was estimated to be worth $6.1 billion.
The OSI Group has been doing amazing things with energy – by using a lot less of it.
Earlier this year, OSI Group achieved a remarkable milestone. The company reduced its energy consumption by 20 million kWh since a project to trim energy usage began in June 2013.
As one of the world’s largest meat processing companies with 65 facilities operating in 17 countries around the world, OSI facilities are naturally energy intensive. But that doesn’t mean each plant can’t be sustainable and reduce their collective carbon footprint as much as possible.
In 2013 OSI partnered with Cascade Energy on an effort to reduce the amount of energy used by refrigeration units at the OSI Oakland, Iowa, plant. The result was a cut in energy usage by 10 million kWh. The success of the Oakland experiment led to duplicating the effort in four more facilities, including OSI Chicago-Racine, OSI West Chicago, OSI Geneva in Illinois and OSI West Jordan in Utah.
The result was a total of 20 million kWh saved in three-and-a-half years. That’s the equivalent electricity use for 1,850 homes for a full year. Saving 20 million kWh also prevents the release of 4,056 metric tons of carbon emissions (greenhouse gasses) into the environment. It could also be compared to the equivalent of keeping 2,969 passenger cars off the roads for twelve months.
Sustainability and environmentally friendly operation has become a core value of the OSI Group. To this end, the company has been moving aggressively to adopt pollution-free and renewable energy sources, especially wind and solar-generated power.
Additionally, OSI has been outfitting its processing plants with water-reduction faucets, installing better insulation to conserve energy and adopting sustainable materials when building new plants or remodeling existing structures.
OSI Group prides itself as being among the most environmentally sustainable business operations in the world.