Innovation has always been at the forefront at OSI Group. From its humble beginnings in 1909, when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a family meat market in Oak Park, Illinois, to today’s sprawling corporation ranked number 63 on Forbe’s list of American’s largest private companies in 2018. The company today operates at over 65 facilities in 17 countries with annual revenue of $6.1B. It’s international headquarters in Aurora, Illinois is the center of the action for the corporation which handles meat processing for the retail and food service industries.
The story of OSI cannot be told without the fateful merging with one of the most famous American corporations: McDonald’s. Ray Kroc did not open his first McDonalds until the mid-1950’s but well before he entered into an agreement with the sons of Otto Kolschowsky which eventually led to OSI becoming the first supplier of fresh beef to the fledging behemoth. As McDonald’s took off towards becoming one of the most famous franchises ever developed, Otto& Sons joined the ride and reaped the massive rewards.
Over the next 10 to 20 years, Otto & Sons expanded towards becoming a global entity. This was carefully intertwined with the booming McDonalds. The initial success of the hamburger giant was the consistency it promised with each and every sandwich. Therefore, as Otto & Sons became the global OSI Group, its goal was to provide McDonald’s with the best and most affordable product and stand-out in the busy food supplier business.
OSI continued to explore and became an important food provider all over the world. Through the 1980s and 1990s, expansion moved the company into South America, Europe, and the Pacific Rim.
More recently, the OSI Group has become a champion of value-added protein products, including pizza, all the while remaining loyal to its hamburger eating base. The OSI Group further expansion, including China, has also led the company to add some non-meat products to its resume.
The OSI Group is an American success story. From humble beginnings to worldwide dominance. The corporation’s story owes itself to being true to its initial values of excellent client relationships, investing in technology and understanding the global market.
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David McDonald, president of the global food processing and distribution behemoth the OSI Group, has spent his entire 30 year career with the company. McDonald was hired in 1987 when he graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science. At ISU McDonald was an excellent student and won several awards. Since joining the OSI Group, he has become a valued employee and received a number of promotions that included him being named chief operating officer and eventually president of the company. McDonald has played a significant role in the company’s global expansion.
An Iowa native, David McDonald grew up on a farm. That sparked his interest in animal science and gave him valuable insights into the field. A proud alumnus of Iowa State University, McDonald continues to make valuable contributions to the school. He has contributed to the university’s scholarship fund, helped set up an internship program at the OSI Group for ISU students and even arranged for ISU students to visit OSI Group facilities in China. At least one student from the trip has since been hired by the company. Two of David McDonald‘s children are students at Iowa State University.
McDonald has also made several valuable contributions to the meat processing industry. With his extensive knowledge of industry operations and experience in international business, David McDonald was chosen as the North American Meat Institute chairman and member of its board of directors. He is also Australia based OSI International Foods Pty Limited’s director. Since December 2008, McDonald has also served as Marfrig Global Foods S.A.’s independent director. He’s also on the board of directors of the OSI Group.
David McDonald’s position as COO means he plays an important role in helping the logistics team at the OSI Group work with marketers and customers in the constantly evolving global food services market. McDonald was also instrumental in the company’s acquisition of Dutch food processing company Baho Foods as the OSI Group works to expand its presence in Europe. During the three decades David McDonald has worked with the OSI Group, the company has established 10 poultry handling facilities in China that serve a number of well-known American fast-food companies including McDonald’s, Starbucks and Pizza Hut. Currently residing in Warrenville, Illinois with his wife and 6 children, David McDonald is very active in his community and does volunteer service for St. Michaels parish in Wheaton, Illinois and to know more