David McDonald is the president and chief operating officer of international food processing giant the OSI Group. McDonald was hired in 1987, soon after he completed his animal science degree at Iowa State University. Since then, the husband and father of 6 has become an integral part of the company’s international growth. McDonald is credited with having the unique ability to work harmoniously with governments, local businesses and consumers all over the world that has facilitated the OSI Group’s global expansion. Hiring the Iowa native has proven to be a wise move.
Being raised on a farm has helped to give David McDonald insights on food production few people can match. Plus, his natural communication skills and patient, understanding, nature have helped him to get along well with the OSI Group’s staff, the customers and the business professionals he deals with every day. McDonald’s understanding of even the most complex issues involved in the food processing industry has made him a very valuable asset to the OSI Group. He has also embraced the company’s mission of global expansion and uses his talent, experience and expertise to make the process as efficient as possible.
Two expansion efforts in which David McDonald has played a particularly active role is in the purchase of Baho Foods, a company based in Holland, and the growth of the OSI Group in China. By helping the company buy Baho Foods, McDonald has helped to significantly increase the number of customers in Europe the OSI Group now serves. Over the past 20 years, David McDonald has been working with Chinese farmers, local management teams, workers, government agencies and consumers to build 10 poultry processing plants throughout China. The plants made the OSI Group China’s largest poultry processor.
But working in China has been about more than just processing poultry. Through the work of David McDonald and others, the OSI Group now provides meat, fish, poultry, vegetable and dough products to Western fast food companies like Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Subway and McDonald’s doing business in China. McDonald has been able to help the company overcome the technical and infrastructure challenges that they face in China. With the guidance of David McDonald, the OSI Group has been able to form lucrative partnerships, find the ideal locations for their facilities and get the raw materials they need. David McDonald has played a key role in making these monumental accomplishments possible.
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Our foods are pretty important to us. These days we are so much more knowledgeable about what goes in our food. There was a time when this wasn’t as true. During this time, it is good to know that we had someone that was watching out and providing the best service possible. This person of course is Sheldon Lavin a very noble man.
Sheldon Lavin is the chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group LLC. Born in 1932, he attended the University of Illinois and Northwestern University. He has Bachelor of Science degree in business of which he acquired from Roosevelt University. For almost 20 years he had his own business of financial consulting and started associating with Otto & Sons in 1970. Otto & Sons is a company that processes food of many different varieties such as: poultry, fish, vegetables, dough products, and general meats. OSI is based in Aurora, Illinois but has thanks to Levan expanded significantly. As chairman he actually led OSI to become multibillion dollar compony with global ties. The company now has more than 60 locations in 60 different countries. His expertise has truly changed this company for the better and he is still over the European and Asian regions of the company to this day. This is all with clean and fair processing.
Levin’s powerful growth of the company has also additional effects that have benefited every area the company encounters. The company’s rapid growth led to rapid job growth all over the world under Sheldon Levan’s watch. For this he was rewarded the global visionary award for contributing to the world. Not only did he increase jobs, but he has supported many charities over the years. Mainly the Ronald McDonald that he has supported for over 25 years. He has donated so much that he is now the Chairman of Capital Campaign. He is the President of the Sheba foundation another charity company that is geared towards families. Lavin is a true example of someone that has cared since the beginning and now is advocating that the younger corporate leaders grow their companies in responsible and clean ways that help the environment around them just as he has done.
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Natural disasters are one of those things that can never be avoided. We can predict when they will strike but we can never fully absorb the blows that they bring. Usually when a disaster hits, the economy in the surrounding area of the incident plummets and there is a lot of rebuilding to be done. Not to mention the loss of life and habitat. But there are people in place who are trying to reverse this reality for the better. Barbara Stokes is one of the individuals in particular who is doing this. Read more about Barbara Stokes at The Cullman Times.
Barbara Stokes a Mercer university graduate recently decided to move her business to the Alabama town of Cullman. Her company Stokes Development LLC specializes in building green homes that are apt at withstanding natural disasters. They are mold, mildew, hurricane and fire resistant. Stoke’s business invested 8 million dollars into a new 99,000 facility that will create 500 to 600 steel homes. This is a good cause and many of of the materials that are used in the building process are 60 % recycled. Read this article at businessinsider.com.
Barbara Stoke’s good deeds don’t end there though. The construction of the manufacturing center will call for the hiring of 80 locals looking to be employed and three years into the process up to 300 people will be employed. Too add to this the 500 or 600 steel homes need materials. These materials will be supplied by the local areas. This means that the economy of the area around Cullman will receive a boost from all the service. The fourth congressional district representative Robert Aderholt said “this is a great addition” concerning Barbara’s company.
One might ask what made Barbara Stokes bring her business to this particular area. Her answer is simple she just simply remembered and liked the way that the citizens of the area were so friendly during a time when her and her husband were living in the area. Barbara Stokes actually is “really appreciative of everything Cullman has done.” This just goes to show how we never know who we are talking to so it’s better to treat everyone nice and friendly. Barbara Stokes has ironically done the opposite of what a natural disaster would do to Cullman. She has provided some economic benefits, some jobs, and a place in time of crisis.
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The OSI Group is actively working on their operations expansion. This began in 2016 when a Chicago storage warehouse and food processing facility was purchased. This facility once belonged to Tyson Foods and covers 20,000 square feet. This additional space enables OSI to keep up with the changing needs of their customers. The plant was used for prepared food operations by Tyson but it closed in 2015 to enable the company to improve their productivity.
The OSI Group is based out of Aurora, Illinois. They offer numerous types of foods to the world including protein items. They currently have 65 facilities and operate in 17 countries. To help meet their goal of increasing their facilities the OSI Group also acquired control of Baho Foods in 2016. The company manufacturers deli meats, snacks and numerous types of convenience foods for both food service businesses and retailers. This acquisition provided OSI Europe with more visibility throughout Europe. OSI has the ability to process the types of foods being prepared by Baho Food. OSI will be able to increase the production of the products consumers expect to be available from OSI.
There are five subsidiaries owned by Baho Food in addition to processing plants in Germany and the Netherlands. The subsidiaries are Q Smart Life, Vital Convenience, Henri van de Bilt, Bakx Foods and Gelderland Frischwaren. These companies provide eighteen different countries with food products. OSI plans to use the expertise of the existing managers. The Baho Group will benefit from the excellent relationship the OSI Group has with their suppliers and customers. Baho Food will be able to help their customers attain their business goals with a wide variety of products as their growth continues.
The third purchase of the OSI Group was towards the end of 2016. Flagship Europe was acquired from the Flagship Food Group located in Colorado. In January of 2018 Flagship Europe was rechristened as Creative Foods Europe. The company provides the United Kingdom with an assortment of products including frozen poultry, dressings, sauces, mayonnaise and sous vide products. Calder Foods has already been purchased by Flagship Europe adding dips, marinades abd sandwich fillings to the mix. This purchase expanded the global markets and customer base of the OSI Group even further by increasing their presence in Spain and Europe.
The last purchase of the OSI Group in Europe was in 2017. This provided a new production line for the facility in Toledo, Spain. This new line has enabled the company to increase their processed chicken production to 24,000 tons each year from the original 12,000 tons. This expansion increases OSI Food Solutions Spain’s production of beef, chicken and pork products to 45,000 tons. This additionally opened up twenty new jobs to add to the workforce of 140 individuals. There is an increase in the needs for chicken products in Portugal and Spain. During the last ten years this demand has increased by six percent. The last three years saw an increase of eight percent. OSI Food Solutions Spain is now capable of meeting this demand.
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