OSI Group is one of the largest food companies in the world. It has headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. For the past four decades, the company has recorded impressive growth. A lot has been seen since the turn of the millennium. Right at the center of control in the company is David McDonald, the COO.
OSI Group started as a butcher shop in Chicago in 1909, and now it is a global food company. Its history of over 100 years shows of a company that is successful today because of the efforts of the people designated to lead it. From the founder known as Otto Kolschowsky, the managers of the business have been passionate about its success.
By the mid-20th century, OSI Group was a top supplier of food products in America. They had been propelled into big business by the McDonald’s franchise which was established at the time. OSI Group was known as Otto &Sons. It was being managed by the two sons of the founder- Arthur and Harry. They had agreed with the McDonalds to be supplying hamburgers for all the branches that McDonald’s was opening around the world.
In the 1980s, OSI Industries took control of its business operations and stopped depending on the McDonald’s for its success. Sheldon Lavon took the role of CEO and implemented a different business approach.
David McDonald grew up on a farm in Iowa. He attended Iowa State University and graduated with a degree in Animal Science. From a young age, he was disciplined. He never depended on anyone to tell him to do the right thing. He even won awards for excellence while he was in the university. To date, he is still a significant player in the development of his alma mater. He donates resources to the university and even offers opportunities to students from the university to intern at the OSI Group.
Under the management of David McDonald and Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group has become one of the largest private companies in America. It is ranked number #58 among the top 100 private companies by the Forbes List.
OSI Group currently operates in 17 countries and has employed over 20,000 workers. In recent years, there has been a significant expansion of the company’s operations across the world. The company has opened 69 production plants in different countries to meet the production demand for its products.
David McDonald has proven to be a good business executive by the manner he has handled growth at OSI Group. His career has developed from being a project manager to COO of a leading food company in the world.