OSI Industries From Farm to Global Giant

OSI Industries is a global conglomerate in meat and food processing. Its President and COO, David McDonald, was originally raised and schooled in Iowa. He started and grew a decades long (30 year) career with OSI Industries, providing vision and leadership to transform and expand it from a traditional supplier to a diversified global enterprise with operations in the U.S., Asia and Europe. One of the historical catalysts for OSI Industries’ growth was a partnership between Ray Croc, who was responsible for turning McDonalds (then a hamburger stand) into a successful franchise, and Otto and Sons (OSI’s previous name). Through that partnership, OSI Industries became one of McDonald’s four main beef suppliers. As McDonald’s grew in popularity and expansion (1970’s), so too did OSI Industries (still at the time known as Otto and Sons). In 1975, it became OSI Industries and brought on a new chairman and CEO, Sheldon Lavin, who holds those positions still today. David McDonald, hired as an intern, stayed and grew with the company, gradually cultivating himself as one of OSI Industries’ main leaders. In 2001, with the entrance of China into the World Trade Organization, OSI Industries set up joint ventures there with the help of McDonald. Thereafter, it partnered with Nation Pizza and Foods to expand its traditional line of meat products domestically. It acquired Moy Park, a UK based poultry processor in 2006. That lead to subsequently more partnerships and acquisitions in Europe as well as expansion in the U.S. The last ten years have continued in expansions internationally and domestically. Facilities were opened in Japan, India and Poland, along with an office in Germany. 2014 saw two Culinary Innovation Centers opened: one in Shanghai, and another in Illinois in order to gain insights from consumers and local producers. McDonald continues to provide leadership and innovative progress for the continued growth and successful operation of OSI Industries.

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