OSI Group is a global front-runner in the realm of the food industry. In 1909 in Oak Park, Illinois, a German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky, opened a neighborhood butcher shop. By mid-century, it had grown to become among the primary meat suppliers in the region for the then McDonalds chain of restaurants. A quarter century later, it expanded to be McDonalds’ primary global supplier. Ever since OSI Group has aggressively branched out into new ventures both internationally and in the United States under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin. Today, the group boasts of more than twenty thousand employees in over 65 facilities spread across 17 countries. It was ranked 58th in the Forbes 2016 list of leading US companies and was valued at $6.1 billion net worth. The group has also received many awards over the years, including an award for environmental management and management of safety and health risks.
OSI acquires Rose Packaging Company
Earlier this year, OSI Group announced the acquisition of Rose Packing Company Inc., an established producer of pork products for top retail and foodservice customers in U.S. Rose Packing, which is a family-owned meat industry leader, is headquartered in Barrington and has over 700 employees. OSI North America vice president, Kevin Scott said that the transaction brought together two leaders in the food industry and they were excited to welcome Rose aboard. He added that Rose acquisition complemented the OSI Group growth strategies by providing a robust sales presence, additional capacity, and new processing capabilities in attractive channels.
Rose and OSI share a profound commitment to customers, which is providing them with uniquely innovative food solutions. The Chief Executive Officer of Rose Packing Company, Dwight Stiehl, and his management team will continue with the company to work with the leadership of OSI on post-transaction integration. Dwight Stiehl said that he was looking forward to working closely with OSI as the two companies possess two centuries of great expertise in meat industry deeply rooted in Chicago. He said that the two companies shared a commitment to excel and understood the significance of strong business relationships. OSI Group will acquire Rose’s Company assets as part of the transaction deal.