A world-acknowledged leader in the realm of food processing, manufacturing and distribution, OSI Food Solutions, started its life nearly 100 years ago as a butcher shop in Chicago. Today, it’s roots are still proudly flourishing in the Aurora, Illinois region, where OSI headquarters. However, the butcher shop from Chicago is now a world-wide concern. Under the guiding wing of long-time CEO, Sheldon Lavin, who saw the potential of the business when it was still Otto & Sons, OSI Food Solutions has evolved exponentially, acquiring subsidiaries in North America, in South America, Europe and Asia.
Creating tailor-made protein products has become the company’s signature enterprise, including for the McDonald’s chain of fast-food restaurants, which has been a long-time customer. With more than 60 companies in 17 countries and a state-of-the-art system that has streamlined its operational structure from sourcing, through processing and distribution, OSI has the means to enhance the food options of its clients all over the world. In 2016 the OSI Food Solutions Group added value to its Aurora, Chicago, holdings by acquiring a local Tyson Foods Facility. Cook County documents attest to the purchase price as being 7.4 million dollars.
The deal provided OSI with an additional 200,000 ft. of infrastructure capability in an area proximal to its Chicago-based facility. Tyson had announced the dissolution of the plant a year prior. During the same busy year, OSI Food Solutions also acquired Flagship Europe from the Flagship Food Group, Denver. Flagship inventory offerings included frozen poultry, pies, sauces, dressings and food preparation products, all of which provided an excellent fit with the line of products available through OSI. Both of these savvy acquisitions have only broadened the reach of the company’s distribution and manufacturing capabilities as well as the breadth of the potential offerings of the food-processing world leader.