In 1955, OSI Group McDonalds formed one of America’s lasting partnerships. Together, OSI Group McDonalds spanned the globe, opening facilities in over a dozen countries. Officially, their collaboration began in 1975 after Otto & Sons transformed into OSI Industries. Within five years of OSI opening their McDonald’s-dedicated factory, McDonald’s started growing internationally.
Finding success in the Midwest, OSI Group McDonalds joined forces again in a German joint venture. Two years after seeing success in Germany, they teamed up again in Spain. While McDonald’s maintained his family atmosphere, OSI became more complicated, expanding into new areas of food.
While the founding family, the Kolschowskys, made OSI Group a national success, OSI didn’t blossom until Sheldon Lavin took over the company. After rebranding Otto & Sons as OSI Industries, Lavin became the company’s CEO and Chairman. He expanded on the founding family’s vision, reaching millions of customers around the world.
Currently, OSI employs more than 20,000 people in 17 countries. As OSI continues growing, they add more facilities every year and will soon have more than 70 factories and offices all over the world. Primarily, Lavin looked beyond the company’s long relationship with McDonald’s.
Before joining OSI, Lavin worked as an investor and banking executive. His experience focused more on the business aspects of the company, allowing him to grow alongside McDonald’s rather than under it. Since taking over the company, OSI continues to grow under his leadership. According to Forbes, OSI is one of the largest American companies today with sales upward of $6.1 billion.
Much of OSI’s current success is due to numerous partnerships and joint ventures. Before OSI, food companies couldn’t expand into distant countries easily. During the 80s and 90s, Sheldon Lavin worked closely with many executives and experts to expand his ever-growing business.
While McDonald’s easily charmed their way into other countries, OSI strategically formed bonds with companies like K&K Foods in Taiwan to break into the Asian markets. At the same time, they undertook joint ventures.
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