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OSI Group LLC Makes Forbes 2016 100 Largest American Companies List

Meat processor company, OSI Group LLC is placed on Forbes’ 100 Largest American Companies List for 2016. The Chicago, IL-headquartered based business has a history dating back to 1909 providing solutions to the food and retail industries. Over the years, OSI Group has grown enormously with international expansion, acquisitions, and increased revenue. Chief Executive Officer, Sheldon Lavin is honored Forbes recognized the business again for outstanding performance in sales for providing processing, cooking and packaging solutions. He oversees daily operations and the management team at the headquarter location and successfully leads the company to success.

Forbes ranked OSI Group as number 58 on the list of American companies for earning $6.1 billion in revenue the end of 2015 fiscal year. Its revenue has more than doubled since 2010 fiscal year end (December 31st), which was $3 billion. In 2011, Forbes listed OSI the 136th largest private company based on revenue earning at the end of the previous year. The award-winning company is recognized for its standards in health, safety, and the environment. OSI received the Management of Health & Safety Risks Award and the Environmental Management Award.

OSI Group was founded by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant as a family meat market in Oak Park. The family owned business expanded into wholesale trade and moved to Chicago’s suburb, Maywood. Kolschowsky named the company Otto & Sons in 1928 and eventually changed its name to OSI Industries in 1975. McDonald’s is the first fast food restaurant to select the meat processor provider as a supplier of fresh ground beef patties. The company began processing fresh meat to the restaurant in 1955 and by 1973, opened its first plant.

Since then, OSI Group has an estimated 60 facilities in 16 countries throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, and North America. According to Chicago Tribune, the company purchased the old Tyson Food plant located on the Southside of Chicago. The 200,000 square-foot building is close to OSI’s facilities in the city and convenient to meeting rapid growth of services demanded by customers. Kevin Scott, senior executive vice-president of OSI said the facility will help provide infrastructure to support their continuous growth. The former Tyson building was purchased in June 2016 for more than $7 million

In less than two months, OSI Group acquired Dutch manufacturing company, Baho Food, provider of deli meats, snacks, and convenience. The acquisition transaction will inevitably increase growth and support for Baho and OSI to reach mutual goals. The Dutch company is the parent of five subsidiaries companies, including Q Smart Life, Gelderland, Vital Convenience, Bakx Foods, and Henri van de Bilt. Baho provides snacks, foods and meat products to 18 countries in Europe, with plants in the Netherlands and Germany.

OSI Group delivers quality food products such as vegetables, pork, poultry, fish, meat patties, bacon, pizza, hot dogs, and dough with optional solutions. Services are available in three forms of solutions, including processing, cooking, and packaging. Meats are processed raw, fully cooked, ready-to-eat, fresh, frozen, ground, patties, nuggets, sliced, and stacked. Their cooking solutions are margination, browning, searing, smoking injection, battered, and breaded.

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