OSI Food Solutions is an American food company that was founded in 1909 by a German immigrant who set up shop in the west side of Chicago. It originated as a deli and meat market but quickly expanded into wholesale as its popularity grew. Since the early 1900’s, the focus of the company has been on expanding its operations, and this has taken place through the building new facilities, acquisitions of other companies, and mergers. Since the 1970s, OSI has grown tremendously, and the company continues its push to expand into new markets all around the world.
OSI Food Solutions recently purchased a plant in Chicago that was formerly used by Tyson Foods. The cost for the facility came to $7.4 million, and while many Tyson Foods workers were set to lose their jobs, OSI offered them new jobs with its company. Alison Kovaleski, a spokeswoman for OSI, commented that she couldn’t reveal what the exact plans for the facility would be nor how many former Tyson Foods workers were hired by OSI. The plant measures in at 200,000 square feet and is located in Chicago near another existing plant. The company has announced that this will help to grow its operations in the region, state, and the country.
OSI Food Solutions also acquired Flagship Europe recently and purchased the company from the Flagship Food Group. Flagship offers its customers sous vide products, frozen poultry, mayonnaise, dressings, sauces, marinades, dips, and sandwich fillings, and the CEO of the company, Russell Maddock, commented that the move would ensure that his company has all of the resources it needs to strengthen its place in the market. He also revealed that the move will open Flagship Europe up to a new base of customers that will be happy with what the company has to offer.
OSI Food Solutions also decided to upgrade its Toledo, Spain plant by adding over 20,000 square feet to it. The new additions to the plant include a high capacity production line, which will allow the company to process twice the amount of chicken as before. This will take its chicken processing limits from 12,000 tons a year all of the way up to 24,000 tons. The upgrades costed $20 million USD and also include a new surveillance system that will make its food safer and the employees who work at the company. This move is expected to please its customers in Portugal and Spain as they have been asking for more chicken products for years.