OSI Industries was founded in 1909 in Aurora, Illinois. Renamed OSI Group, LLC in 2004 and have grown into over six billion-dollar food manufacturing company with more than 65 production facilities in 17 countries and 20,000 employees focused on creating high quality food products with offices in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Pacific county.
2016 was a prominent year for the OSI Group, LLC with three significant acquisitions securing their presence in the European market. Within a span of one-year OSI opened a Regional Office in Gershofen, Germany and acquired three substantial companies. OSI acquired Tyson Foods local processing facility in Chicago to further expand their processing facilities worldwide. OSI acquired controlling rights to Baho Food, a private Dutch meat manufacturing company, giving them additional production facilities in Germany and the Netherlands. Flagship Europe was then acquired late in 2016 with facilities in the United Kingdom.
Tyson Foods announced the closing of their Southside Chicago location in 2016, about 480 jobs would have been lost. OSI Group, LLC bought the 200,000-square-feet facility to support their growing OSI worldwide infrastructure and offered the remaining Tyson employees employment with OSI.
Baho Food, a private Dutch meat manufacturing company supplemented OSI increasing European Portfolio. For almost 60 years, Baho was comprised of five subsidiaries with processing plants in the Netherlands and Germany. The five subsidiaries include Vital Convenience, Henri van de Bilt, Bakx Foods, Gelderland Frischwaren, and Q Smart Life. John Balvers, Baho’s managing director will remain in his current position and will work with OSI to develop a strategic growth plan moving forward. He expressed his enthusiasm about the acquisition, stating that Baho now has the resources to provide a wider variety of services and products to their customers.
OSI Group was attracted to Flagship Europe’s unparalleled service, finest quality branded custom-made products, sous vide products, frozen poultry, pies and their mayonnaise, sauces, and dressings catering to the UK foodservice market. Prior to being acquired by OSI, Flagship extended into the food-to-go sector after acquiring Calder Foods, a UK based food supplier. David McDonald said, “Adding Flagship to our OSI Europe business give OSI a broader presence in Europe”.
OSI Group, LLC’s focus in securing their presence in the European market continued into the early months of 2017 when OSI further expanded their raw material beef supply when they acquired the privately owned Hynek Schlachthof GmbH. Time will tell the direction OSI Group, LLC will take in the future, but as for now, OSI’s strategic European Portfolio have secured their European Presence for years to come.
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