OSI Group is a privately held food processing company with local ties and a global reach. Based in Aurora, Illinois, the company operates more than 50 facilities in more than 15 countries and provides food services and retail brands to its customers. The company realizes its most important asset is its employees. They believe every person can make a difference and provides such a climate that attracts the best and brightest and allows them every opportunity to flourish and grow while bringing new and improved innovations to the operations.
The company got its start back in 1909 when a German immigrant by the name of Otto Kolschowsky opened a family owned meat market in the Oak Park neighborhood of Illinois. A few years later, he expanded his business and became a wholesale meat trader. Over the years, the company has earned a reputation for offering quality food products.
OSI Group acquired the former Tyson Foods plant located in Chicago and added the facility to its line-up of production and distribution. Since Tyson was closing this particular plant, the remaining employees found employment opportunities with OSI Group. According to OSI, the 20,000 square foot acquisition will further support OSI business growth.
Also being acquired was Baho Food. They are a Dutch owned operation and focus on the manufacturing of snacks, deli meats and convenience foods. By adding Baho to the OSI family gave them a broader reach in Europe. Baho’s offerings are the perfect complement to OSI’s offerings. Baho is made up of subsidiaries in the Netherlands and Germany and serve customers in 10 countries in Europe. The OSI and Baho team collaborated on a growth strategy for the combined offerings. The management team at Baho was very excited about becoming part of the OSI family. It would help them better leverage their capabilities being a part of OSI. The acquisition of Baho Foods by OSI has accelerated Baho’s growth and gives them a giant step closer to their goals.
The OSI Group works with each customer to create and manufacture custom made products to meet their specifications. OSI will also bring to the table supply chain solutions that address a company’s most challenging distribution. Even though OSI works globally, they also work within the local markets and take advantage of the local talent. They are also conscience of local customs and culture and plan and prepare food accordingly. The company has accrued a vast array of experience and creativity over the years and has the ability to develop what clients need to achieve their food service goals.
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