OSI Industries was founded in 1909 as Otto & Sons, a Chicago suburban butcher’s shop and meat market. The business grew to become regional and in then national. When Sheldon Levin became involved in the companies direction, it expanded into an international business and became OSI Industries. During the 1980’s and 1990’s, Levin led an expansion into markets in Brazil, Spain, Austria, Taiwan, Mexico, the Philippines and Europe. The early success stemmed in large part from a deal made with the then-unknown venture McDonald’s to be one of their main suppliers. As McDonald’s expanded so did OSI, still maintaining a position as one of McDonald’s four most reliable suppliers. Levin expanded beyond McDonald’s at every opportunity.
Recent acquisitions by OSI Industries have helped them expand in both domestic and foreign markets. OSI Industries recently bought a poultry plant from Tyson and expanded the use of the 200,000 square foot facility to include beef and pork products. This new plant is in addition to already existing facilities in the Chicago area, increasing OSI’s ability to sell meat in North America. OSI Industries acquired Flagship Europe, a maker of frozen poultry, pies, sauces and dressings for Britain and other European countries. The December 2016 deal helped OSI get another inroad to the European market.
In Toledo, Spain OSI expanded an existing plant to be able to produce twice as many tons of poultry per year. The plant, which also processes beef and pork on-site, was given the makeover to help meet the growing poultry demand in Spain. Increased energy efficiency and safety standards came with the expansion, and the plant added over 20 jobs with the increased production.Baho Foods was also acquired by OSI. Baho serves the Netherlands and Germany directly with supply markets in 18 countries. They mainly produce deli meats and snack foods. Baho has five subsidiaries of its own that came with the OSI deal. OSI is keeping much of the executive staff on hand to help run Baho, using their experience and knowledge to help OSI learn about its new markets. OSI is based in Aurora, Illinois.