How David McDonald Has Influenced OSI’S Global Success

When David McDonald was born on a humble farm located in Northeast Iowa, neither him nor his family had any idea that he one day gain monumental success in the in the food processing industry. However, it was not a surprise that he chose to major in Animal Science at Iowa State University because he knew from a young age he was interested in agriculture. He was lucky to have parents who shared his vision and put him through good schools until he finally graduated in the year 1987 with a degree in Animal Science. McDonald says that it was while at Iowa State University that he developed a deep understanding of the food industry and after his graduation, he immediately ventured into the industry and eventually landed at OSI Group.

Career at OSI

It is at OSI Group that David McDonald has experienced success in the food industry and has been pivotal in helping OSI acquire several franchises such as Baho Foods, Tyson Foods, and a Flagship in Europe. Under his watch as the President and Corporate Operations Officer (COO), OSI has transformed into a global company with outlets all over the globe. Its latest triumph is in China where they have opened more than ten facilities to handle the processing of poultry.

David McDonald, in his three decades working with OSI, he has been instrumental in developing and maintaining vital business partnerships. He says their greatest and most valuable partners are their clients and OSI treats them like family. This also applies to everybody that interacts with OSI, be it their workers or their distributors and suppliers. David McDonald says that any business that is out there to thrive and expand must have the threshold to make changes as per the preference of their customers. A move OSI executes with ease under the stewardship of David.

Style of Leadership

It is under McDonald leadership that OSI made several strategic internal realignments like investing in state of the art technology and sourcing excellently trained workers. He also overhauled the management system and adopted one that was more flexible allowing managers to run one subsidiary at a time. David notes that their growth has been motivated by their goal to dominate and set standards in the food industry. This is a goal he says they are patient about and will apply strategies over a long period of time.

More about David McDonald

David is the proud recipient of the reputable Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. Mr. McDonald is a man with a big heart and has a lifetime pledge to Iowa State University. He is also fully dedicated to St. Michael Parish in Wheaton, Ill. Besides being a visionary leader, He has also worked at Marfrig Global Foods S.A as an autonomous Director.

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In the veteran role of Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin’s solid leadership and impressive business savvy has earned his company many awards and praise for excellence

In regards to top-rated, American-based food companies, OSI Group is in the upper echelon for its high levels of excellence in many areas of the food industry. As CEO of OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin has been a best-in-class, executive leader who have helped his company’s cause, quite profusely.

Over his long tenure as CEO of OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin has hit key business milestones and successfully expanded OSI’s business influence to include many international markets in Europe, China, and India. Sheldon Lavin has received many awards and accolades during his long business tenure at OSI.

In terms of Sheldon Lavin’s business résumé, Lavin was once the Chairman of Amick Farms, after OSI Group acquired this American-based poultry company in 2006. In addition, OSI Group’s purchase of Baho Food in August, 2016, spurred Lavin to add the Dutch company to their European portfolio. OSI’s purchase of Baho Foods helped with their strategy of gaining a stronger corporate presence in Europe.

After purchasing Baho Foods, OSI Group integrated five subsidiaries from this purchase — which includes some processing plants dispersed among Germany and the Netherlands — into the OSI fold. These five subsidiaries included, Vital Convenience, Q Smart Life, Henri van de Bilt, Gelderland Frischwaren, and Bakx Foods. These subsidiaries provide food services in Europe, that — in turn — assisted with a network of other subsidiaries and companies located in 16 countries.

OSI Group purchased the Tyson Food plant in June of 2016. OSI Group purchased this Tyson plant, which is located in Chicago, Illinois, for approximately $74 million dollars. An OSI Group spokesman noted that Tyson Food’s 200,000-square-foot location, which is located in the Back of the Yards locale, is very close to OSI’s other facilities in Chicago.

The OSI Group purchase of the Tyson plant was a strategy that would help Sheldon Lavin’s company prospects, domestically. Lavin’s wise purchase was an important way to utilize this infrastructure to spur an increase in its business growth.

Because of Lavin’s senior leadership, one of OSI’s subsidiaries — located in the UK — was awarded the Globe of Honour in December of 2016. The Globe of Honour award is given to companies that are located in the UK, and are also consistently achieving excellence in environmental safety.

Founded in 1909 as Otto & Sons, a small family meat company, OSI Group is currently a billion dollar, international corporation, with approximately 20,000 employees.

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OSI GROUP Tremendous Growth under David McDonald’s Tenure

The current president of the OSI Group LLC, David Mc Donald has had many significant achievements while in his career and in running the OSI Group. David also was popularly known as Dave was born in Northeast Iowa. The enthusiastic entrepreneur born in 1964 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Iowa State University in the year 1987. He also received the Wallace E.Barron outstanding senior award during his time at the University.

McDonald began his career at the OSI shortly after he graduated. His focus and sheer hard work have seen him grow in his career while at the same time achieving tremendous results for OSI Group. Like many other hardworking entrepreneurs, David has gradually climbed the ladder to successfully lead the OSI Industries as president and the Chief operating officer, from different junior positions at the company. Among the positions he has held at the OSI Industries include Project Manager of the company.

David’s extensive experience in working with OSI Group as president for the past 30 years has seen him make extraordinary decisions for the company. The decisions have seen OSI Group registering tremendous growth. David has been able to put the OSI Group among the world’s top food processing companies. With the expansions through opening its outlets in various countries, the OSI Group under David Mc Donald remains at the top ranks in the food processing industry.

The OSI Group is an internationally recognized company that processes value-added proteins for retail. The company’s primary products include beef patties, sausages, Pizza and sandwiches. The company’ recent progress was the launching of a new processing plant and the acquisition of Boho Food Company, a privately owned Dutch Company. The move enabled the OSI Group to be able to penetrate the European market. In a recent interview, David Mc Donald pointed out that the OSI Group was happy to have made that possible. David also pointed out that the company would be adapting too many changes, following innovation and invention in different areas like technology. He explained it was to ensure the company stays in business and at the top in the future.

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OSI: A Tradition in the Food Service Industry

In 1909 a gentleman by the name of Otto Kolschowsky founded a family-ownedmeat market and butcher shop in the Chicago area of the USA; he namedthe business Otto & Sons. That business has become one of the leaders in the food production service. Today, the man behind the reins of OSI Group is Sheldon Lavin, Chairman and CEO.

The headquarters is now located in Aurora, IL., and provides food products in 17 countries, while employing over 20,000 employees worldwide. It goes without saying that OSI is one of the largest privately held companies in the USA.

The focus point that this company strives to achieve is one of providing high quality food products to its clients so they will always be able to provide the same to the consumers they serve. The OSI Group produces just about every food product in every food group.

known to man. They provide: meat, produce, seafood, pizza, baked goods, beans, and the list goes on. While the selection of products is important, OSI strives constantly to maintain the quality of each and everything that comes from their effort to serve the food industry.

So far it is safe to say that the OSI Group has earned the right to be at the top of their field. This makes any company a reason to be proud. The OSI group takes it further, in that they take special care in the preservation of natural resources. They realize that this is necessary to ensure that food will always be available to feed the world’s population. While this is a worthy and necessary contribution to the world market, OSI Group also takes very seriously the need for environmental protection. This should be one of the major concerns of any corporation operating throughout the world. This protection of the environment is one that OSI will never stop working toward.

What more can be said about a company that employs thousands, a company that provides a standard of quality to our food industry and one that does all this while consistently working toward making the world a better place in which to live.

OSI should stand as a mentor for any company, in any industry, who should copy OSI’s acceptance of the responsibility placed on them to safeguard the world in which we live.

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OSI’s International Expansion and Why It Has been so successful

OSI Group has been a leader in the food processing industry since 1909 when it was established. Even though a lot has changed since then, one thing remains constant: the company’s commitment to providing its customers with nothing but the best. When the current CEO of the company, Sheldon Lavin, took over, he had one vision—to transform the company into a global enterprise—and he has been making small but steady steps towards that. OSI’s first operation outside the U.S. was the Beijing facility, which it opened in 1992. Since then, the company’s presence in China has grown vastly, and it now has several other operations in the country.

Over the years, OSI has been forming strategic partnerships with other companies in the food processing industry to expand its market reach. Over the past 12 months, it has opened 7 new facilities in various locations around the world. Its leaders put a lot of emphasis on growth and expansion, and are investing a lot in this. The company partners with clients to find out what they need so that they can provide them with exactly that.

Strategic Partnerships

OSI recently purchased a plant in Chicago that formerly belonged to Tyson Foods for $7.4 million. The plant makes various food items including bacon, meat balls, hotdogs, hamburgers, vegetable products and poultry products as well. The company also purchased Flagship Europe, which makes dips, sandwich fillings, dressings, sauce, pies and marinades. OSI formed a partnership with Daho Foods, a Dutch company that manufactures deli meats, snacks and convenience foods. Daho Foods has operations in Netherlands and Germany and serves 18 countries in Europe, so this new partnership will really increase OSI Industries’ market reach. Through all these new operations, OSI is able to meet the growing demand for its products in the U.S. and beyond.

OSI currently has 65 facilities in more than 15 countries including the U.K, Brazil, India, Poland, Canada, Spain and Germany among others. The headquarters of OSI are in Aurora, Illinois. However, it runs its operations as autonomous units with local managers and employees as they understand the locals better and are better placed to meet their unique needs.

Conclusion

The decentralized business structure that OSI uses has worked very well for it. That is one of the reasons why its international expansion has been so successful. There is no micromanaging by top executives who do not really understand the local markets. With the excellent leadership and winning business strategies used at the company, OSI is bound to grow tremendously in the coming years.

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