David McDonald says OSI Group trusts its partners to make the best management decisions about their specific regions on a local level. They are close to the customers and they know their markets. Even though the past of the company comes from the American Midwest, it is far from a farmland image. In fact, the company is not only one of best-known companies to come from that area, it is also one of the most popular logos in the industry on a global scale.
OSI Group History
The very first McDonald’s Golden Arches started in 1955, close to OSI’s then headquarters. OSI was known as Otto & Sons back then. It was a meat processor that started out as butcher shop by Otto Kolschowsky in 1909. A strong part of OSI’s history contains the business relationship that grew between Ray Kroc and the sons of Otto. That partnership alone set the fate of growth for OSI, but it was all behind the scenes. In the early 1970s, the meat processor invested in cryogenic freezing technology and was one of the four main U.S. suppliers of beef products for McDonald’s. Prior, the restaurant was dealing with more than 100 different suppliers. As the restaurant continues to grow and expand so did Otto & Sons until it became OSI Industries in 1975. Since then, the company has been lead by its current chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin. The company grew from one company supplier to a global leader.
Adding On David McDonald
OSI Group found David McDonald in the beginning of its international expansion efforts. David joined the company right out of college as an intern for Sheldon Lavin. In the 1980s into the 1990s OSI grew with plenty of join ventures with companies in the South, Pacific, Europe and Central America. During McDonald’s first year the company had a joint venture with K&K Foods of Taiwan. This was the beginning of the OSI Group Asia-Pacific division.
Aspiration For Growth
McDonald has started his career with a company that was at a point where growth was the main plan of operation. He jumped in with all hands on deck and he adapted so well that he is still there today. McDonald says when he joined the company 30 years ago it had and outstanding aspiration of growth. He says the company still seeks growth to this day. The culture of the company itself is the desire to keep growing and improving. Back when he first started, the goal was to be a fully global company that was valued by its customers.