OSI Food Solutions Spain now has a much higher capacity for producing chicken products. The current production line is in Toledo, Spain, and it processed 12 million tons of chicken. With the increased capacity, the company will be able to produce 24,000 tons of chicken products.
Now that OSI has expanded in Toledo, the company has the ability to produce more than 45,000 tons of the beef, chicken and pork products that it already produces. The project increased the number of production lines and other services that the company performs, and this means that it also needs to increase its number of employees. Therefore, 20 extra people will be necessary to fill the jobs that are currently being established. One of those jobs is “product development manager,” and it was created to ensure that the most qualified people are hired to be leaders of product development activities and improvement.
People in Spain and Portugal have been increasing the amount of chicken products that they consume recently, and they are creating an ever-increasing demand. The managing director of OSI Spain Jose Maria del Rio stated that the demand increased to 6 percent in the last 10 years. The past three years have shown an even greater increase to 8 percent annually, and Mr. del Rio believes that they are ready to meet this type of increasing demand.
The new building has a large production hall along with areas reserved for shipping and receiving. It also has a location for storing supplies and an area for storing waste containers. The hall includes service areas that can accommodate hot water and nitrogen tanks and oil. Employee comfort has also been considered, so a lounge was constructed just for them. Also, a product development kitchen was added to keep up to date with the new products that the company’s customers will be demanding.
OSI President and Chief Operating Officer David McDonald stated that the expansion was necessary to increase the number of products that the company can offer to clients and customers. The expansion will also help them augment their foodservice and retail accounts and nurture a client base that will remain with the company for years to come. Mr. McDonald is also glad to increase the number of jobs on the market.
OSI improved its food defense system during the expansion as well. A new surveillance system was added that includes a number of indoor cameras and an advanced firefighting system.
OSI Spain is committed to sustainability, employment and agricultural development, and the government recognized this by offering a 1.5 million pound grant to the company for the current overhaul. In addition, OSI Spain was honored for its commitment to employment by the Chamber of Commerce in 2016.
About Sheldon Lavin
Sheldon Lavin started his career in 1970 when he joined the firm of Otto & Sons. Eventually, the company became OSI Group. In the early days, this company operated only in the United States, but it grew on Mr. Lavin’s watch into an international leader in the industry. Now, OSI Group is located in 60 different countries.
Awards Won by OSI Group and Sheldon Lavin
The Global Visionary Award is presented to deserving recipients by India’s Vision World Academy, and Sheldon Lavin received this honor in 2016. He was deemed worthy of this prestigious award because he was instrumental in bringing OSI Group to the international landscape and for increasing the numbers of jobs people are being offered all over the world.
The Global Visionary Award is just one accolade that Sheldon Lavin has earned for the OSI Group. OSI Food Solutions UK also won an award from the British Safety Council in 2016. The Honor Award was presented to Mr. Lavin and the company for the superior ways in which they manage environmental risks. Also in 2016, OSI Group won the California Green Business Certificate because of the company’s commitment to the conservation of resources. The award also recognizes a company’s efforts of operating its facilities and producing products in a manner that makes an effort not to contribute to pollution.
OSI Group’s Latest Acquisitions
OSI Group was busy in 2016 making acquisitions. The company purchased a new facility in the Chicago area that used to be operated by Tyson Foods. The new facility measures 20,000 square feet and makes it possible for OSI Group to increase its production capacity.
OSI Group also expanded its operations in the European market. The company purchased Baho Food, and it has increased OSI Group’s presence in Europe considerably. This new European facility will continue to give OSI Group the increased capacity that it is currently going out of its way to build. Baho Food currently produces snacks, deli meats and convenience foods that retailers and service companies require.
OSI Group purchased Flagship Europe in 2016 that further expands its operations into the continent of Europe. Flagship Europe currently produces sauces, dressings, mayonnaise, pies and frozen poultry.
About David McDonald
David McDonald is OSI Group’s President and Chief Operating Officer. He is also on the company’s Board of Directors and is the Director of OSI International Foods. Earlier in his career with OSI Group, Mr. McDonald was the Project Manager of OSI Industries. The North American Meat Institute appointed him as the company’s Chairman. Beginning in 2008, he was nominated to be the Independent Director of Marfrig Global Foods S.A.