In the early 20th century, a German immigrant by the name of Otto Kolchowski opened the doors of his small, new butcher shop called Otto + Sons. Midway through the century, this small business became a meat supplier for McDonald’s. Then,in 1975,it became OSI Industries. From there, OSI Group, a supplier of prepared foods, became a global supplier. A gentleman named David McDonald had everything to do with this expansion. This is his story and that of his company.
David McDonald was raised on a farm in northeast Iowa. This was his first exposure to the food business. He,then, graduated from Iowa State with a major in animal science. OSI’s CEO Sheldon Lavin hired David as an intern and David went on to work there for thirty years. He has been with OSI Group through its many growth spurts, into the very large company it is today. OSI now has branches in Australia, China, India, North America, and Europe. It is a beef, chicken, and pork producer and supplies these products around the world.
OSI has accomplished much since it’s inception as a neighborhood butcher shop. In 2016-2017, OSI acquired Baho Food. This Danish company specialized in deli meats and snacks. OSI, with David McDonald at the forefront, went on to acquire a Tyson plant in Chicago. OSI’s next acquisition was a business called Flagship Europe and with this acquisition, OSI got into the business of sous vide food products, dressings, sauces, and frozen chicken. In 2018, OSI renamed this company Creative Foods Europe. It then bought a company known as Moy Park in the UK. This acquisition set off a series of events that then led to the company’s major growth into Europe.
OSI has been honored and awarded for its vigilance in taking care of the environment, as well. Its California division received the California Green Business Award in 2016. This was because of OSI’s concientious handling of wastewater and waste to landfill designation.
When asked about his company’s growth, David McDonald has talked about the company’s strong work ethic, saying OSI puts the premium on valuing it’s customers’ and food producers’ input. He stated that OSI has used that input to guide and determine how they go about their food supplying practices. He also remarked on his company’s relatively low profile with the media and stated that much of OSI’s expansion has been due to good ole fashioned word of mouth. And that suits a farm boy from Iowa just fine.
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