Begun as a simple corner market butcher shop and meat supplier called Otto & Sons, the international food supplier OSI Industries has grown from a Chicago suburb to a global business with operations in the America’s, Europe and Asia. Otto and his sons are gone by now, but still had a large role in expanding the business. But it was when Sheldon Levin joined them in the 1970’s that OSI Industries went global. They entered markets around the world by acquiring food suppliers and building on their businesses there. OSI produces mainly poultry, but also other meats such as beef, pork and fish as well as vegetables, snack foods and condiments. OSI employs around 20,000 people worldwide, operating 65 plants in 17 countries.
Recently they have made several new expansions and acquisitions to help them with a growing global demand for their products. They acquired Baho Foods, a manufacturer of snack foods and deli meats that mainly serves the Netherlands and Germany but also has interests in 18 other European countries. Baho has five subsidiaries of its own that OSI Industries also acquired. OSI Industries expanded the poultry portion of it processing plant in Toledo, Spain. The poultry output at this facility was doubled and the plant, which also processes beef and pork, though poultry is its main product. OSI made the facility more energy efficient during this expansion, implementing several new resource-saving production and cleaning methods.
This expansion also came with more than 20 new jobs at the plant. In December of 2016 OSI Industries acquired British food company Flagship Europe. This acquisition of a company that supplied frozen poultry, pies, sauces and dressings to restaurants helped expand OSI’s U.K. and European operations. Back in the states, OSI bought a poultry processing plant from Tyson chicken. The Chicago facility, over 200,000 square feet, was expanded to process not only poultry but also beef and pork under OSI. They already had a plant in Chicago, but the addition of this second facility helps OSI to expand its North American business considerably. OSI has its home office located in Aurora, Illinois.