In the world of global expansions, hostile corporate takeover, and mergers and acquisitions in which we currently live, there exists one food processing giant which is not quite so hostile and which takes a family-first approach to business. Born out of 1950’s Chicago from a few German immigrant meat-packers, Otto and Sons grew up coincidentally around the same time that the world famous Ray Kroc started his first McDonalds franchise location in Des Plaines, Illinois. Because of the proximity of the two locations to one another, McDonald’s naturally was in search for a meat supplier who could be diligent and trusted to supply the growing needs of their wild success. With Germans always being trusted and known for their attention to details in the car industry since the dawn of the twentieth century, it’s no wonder that McDonald’s stuck with Otto and Sons. Visit their website at osigroup.com to learn more.
In 1975, with the company looking to expand their wings, they hired a new CEO names Sheldon Lavin and they shortened their name to OSI Group McDonalds. Armed with the utmost professionally-sounding name, a new CEO, and a genius in the Animal Sciences world (David McDonald), the company thereafter saw enormous growth and has been able to provide jobs for 20,000 people in 17 countries, spread across 65 different plant locations.
Attributing their success to their ability to stay private, and to their family-first values, COO of OSI Group McDonalds (David McDonald) had this to say about the longevity of the organization. “It is important to note that, within OSI, we value family. Our people and our customers are viewed as family. The products that we make should be good enough to serve to our respective families proudly.” Cleary, the family first approach has worked well for OSI Group McDonalds..