The Global food processing firm the OSI Group’s chairman and CEO David McDonald has now spent over thirty years with the enterprise. During this time, the famous Iowa State University graduate has helped the company to achieve unprecedented growth. The firm now serves customers in 80 states around the globe and has more close to 70 processing centers in Western Europe, the United States, Eastern, India, China and other parts of Asia, Australia and in many other locations around the globe. With Mr. McDonald’s has constructed ten processing centers in China and the company has grown to become the world largest poultry products processor.
When Mr. David McDonald finalized his degree in animal science studies in 1987 and was employed as a project lead manager by the famous OSI Group, nobody anticipated he might become such an important part of the business’s establishment of important operations in China. He has played a key role in during OSI Group’s acquisition of Leading Dutch and Europe food plants Baho Foods. Mr. McDonald’s interaction with the logistics group has facilitated the OSI Group company remain relevant constantly in the evolving worldwide food services industry. His part in working with related governmental agencies, marketers and local suppliers help to make things flow smoothly.
David McDonald’s capability to handle difficult issues has helped the OSI Group create dynamic partnerships and cultivate culturally sensitive food products to appeal to the unique taste of clients in different countries. This has made OSI Group to surpass client expectations and has continued to enjoy increased success even during the early stages of entering new markets. OSI Group’s Spain Plant Doubles Chicken Output with Recent Expansion.
Mr. McDonald deep understands of the firm’s goals and vision has helped the enterprise to continue being flexible enough in order to take advantage of market opportunities as they come by. He has also helped the staff uphold high-quality standards levels and demonstrates the firm’s reputation for treating all members of staff and clients like family members.
During the three decades period since graduating from the Iowa State University, Mr. David McDonald has also remained actively involved with related the school.He helped to organize internships for several ISU students at the company. H also donates to various schools’ scholarship fund programs and works with the ISU’s Department of Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. Two of Mr. McDonald’s 6 kids attend the Iowa State University. He has also volunteered with Wheaton; Illinois’s St. Michael Parrish and he is the current North American Meat Institute’s board chairman.
The beginning of the supply chain for OSI Industries is the farm, coincidentally the same place where the current president of the global leader of the food industry, David McDonald, got his start as well. Raised on a farm in northeast Iowa and a proud graduate of Iowa State University, McDonald went to work at OSI Industries just out of college. McDonald has risen up the ranks from project manager to president and chief operating officer (COO) over the course of his three decade employment.
OSI Group is a global enterprise that employs over 20,000 individuals in 17 countries at more than 65 facilities. OSI Group has a respectable history that began as a small mom and pop operation which was given the opportunity for tremendous growth when McDonald’s restaurants franchised. Formerly known as Otto & Sons, the company invested heavily in cryogenic freezing technology which allowed them to accommodate huge growth.
In the late 1980s and early 1990s OSI expanded globally through a series of joint ventures with companies in the Pacific Rim, Europe, and Central and South America. It was during this explosive growth phase that David McDonald was first hired. This gave McDonald the opportunity to witness firsthand the technical issues that can accompany partnerships with companies in other localities. It also has provided him with plenty of time for the OSI company culture to settle in.
As David McDonald has risen to his current position as president and COO he has been careful to keep the OSI Group corporate philosophy in his sites. David McDonald is working to ensure a distinct element of research and sustainability on each level of the processing ladder throughout the company. In fact, many of the OSI processing facilities have attained Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) has even honored the company with recognition of the environmental management systems that they have in place at two of their United States facilities.
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German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a meat market in Oak Park, Illinois in 1909. By 1928, Otto had expanded into the meat trade and renamed his company Otto & Sons and began earning a positive reputation in the area. A big breakthrough for the company came when Otto’s sons partnered with McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, supplying beef as McDonald’s expanded across Illinois. Since then, OSI Food Solutions, as the company came to be known, has made a name for itself as a global supplier of meat products, with more than 65 facilities in 17 countries, with over 20,000 employees.
OSI Food Solutions are leaders in responding to food demands across the globe. In the fall of 2017, its plant in Spain doubled its production of chicken to meet what the company saw as a growing demand in Spain and Portugal. The plant is part of an expansion strategy that will add new products and foodservices to its portfolio to meet the demands of the future. Back in Illinois, the company bought a Tyson Foods production plant in June 2017, which Tyson had planned to shut down in October that year, and the company was able to offer jobs to many that were still employed at the plant. This move again was part of the company’s expansion strategy, in order “to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our customers,” the senior executive vice president for OSI North America, Kevin Scott, said.
OSI Food Solutions strives for quality as well; its UK branch won the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour Award in 2013, 2015 and 2016 for its dedication to working to improve its environmental impact. OSI works toward exploring ways to improve its sustainability—from ensuring its equipment is energy efficient to providing ideal working conditions for their employees. On November 2017, its Spanish division was awarded the MC Mutual Antonio Baró Prize for the Prevention of Occupational Hazards.
OSI Food Solutions are willing to adapt to the growing demands of their industry, and with their global perspective, they have the experience and talent to meet those demands. That is why OSI Food Solutions has been recognized consistently as one of America’s Top 100 Food Companies.
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