OSI Industries was founded in 1909 as Otto & Sons, a suburban butcher shop and meat supplier serving the Chicago area. Over time Otto & Sons expanded, changed the name to OSI Industries and gained the leadership of investor Sheldon Lavin. Lavin has led the company to not only national, but the international markets and have made several recent acquisitions recently to assist them in expanding further. In 2017 OSI bought a 200,000 sq. ft. chicken processing plant from Tyson. This plant is located in Chicago and will supplement existing facilities in the Chicago area. Though the plant was only for poultry under Tyson, OSI Industries is able to make other products such as beef and pork in the facility.
In Toledo, Spain OSI greatly expanded an existing plant to double its poultry output. the plant also produces beef and other meats, though poultry is its main product. This expansion improved the energy efficiency of the plant and added over 20 new jobs. OSI recently acquired Baho Food, a European company that produces snack foods and deli meats. Though they primarily operate in the Netherlands and Germany, Baho Foods supplies to 18 countries and represents a major inroad for OSI Industries in Europe. OSI is retaining most of the executives from Baho to help them learn their new market. In December of 2016 OSI also acquired Flagship Europe foods, a European supplier of frozen food and sauces/dressings to restaurants.
They do most of their business in Britain but supply other parts of Europe as well. Combined with the Baho Food acquisition, OSI is making stable new markets in Europe. OSI operates over 65 plants in 17 countries. When Sheldon Lavin became head of the comapny they began expanding through the 1980’s and 1990’s into European, Asian and Central and South American markets. They continue to expand as OSI Industries gains new markets across the globe and continue to expand their North American businesses. OSI employs over 20,000 workers and makes meat, vegetable, snacks and condiments. The headquarters is located in Aurora, Illinois, but the main plants are still in Chicago.