OSI Industries was founded in 1909 by a German immigrant to the United States by the name of Otto Kolschowsky. He started the company in Chicago but quickly expanded into new markets as it grew in popularity. By the 1970s, his sons, who had joined him in earlier years, were ready to hire some outside help, and they found Sheldon Lavin, who began to get to work with expanding the company overseas. OSI continues to grow its operations and offer its customers more every year and has made an exciting expansion to a facility in Toledo, Spain recently. In Spain, OSI Industries spent 17 million euros to add a high-capacity production line, which now allows it to produce 24,000 tons of chicken products compared to the 12,000 tons that it was capable of producing before.
On top of being able to offer its customers in the region with more chicken products, OSI has also been able to offer 20 new jobs as the factory expands. In total, the plant can now produce 45,000 tons of beef, port, and chicken products on an annual basis and is responsible for the employment of 160 workers. OSI Industries completed the additions to its existing plant due to research it had been doing that pointed out that a rising demand in Spain and Portugal for chicken products. Over the last few years, this demand has grown by 8% every year, and since OSI Industries is in business to please its customers, it has answered the demand.
The improvements have added 22,600 square feet to the plant and include a production hall, storage for much needed supplies, refrigeration for waste containers, a new test kitchen that will work to develop new products for the company, and much more. OSI Industries is headed up by its CEO, Sheldon Lavin, and its president, David McDonald, and McDonald commented that the expansion will help the company with its goal to improve its products in the region and to gain new customers. The plant has also been made more efficient by reducing its electricity consumption, and this is in line with the companies efforts to make their operations more sustainable.
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