Since 1909, the OSI Group has been delivering high quality service in the food industry. Their first notable claim to fame was being selected as McDonald’s first meat supplier. From there, OSI expanded by opening several plants throughout the United States, Europe and South America. Throughout the 1990’s and the 2000’s, they acquired other meat providers and processing plants key to their current success. Founded by Otto Kolschowsky as a butcher shop in the Chicago area, OSI is now a premier global provider in the food service industry and they also provide cradle-to-grave solutions to delight their clients internationally. Their main goal is to deliver food solutions anywhere in the world. In the article below, we will recap OSI Group President David McDonald who is a 30-year veteran with OSI as detailed in a recent article from Patch.com.
David McDonald came right out of high school to work for the company as a project manager and never looked back. He spent most of his early days growing up on a farm in Iowa. David graduated from Iowa State University earning a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Upon graduating, he earned high honors with the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award recognizing him for his community and academic activities.
As the current President and Chief Operating Officer, David McDonald is still committed to bringing continued success to the company. In his role today, David is mainly involved with OSI’s expansion territories in China and Europe. His belief is to allow his overseas partners to continue their culture and management decisions in their respective countries similar to how the Midwest operations started out. The article provides an example of this with OSI’s history with McDonalds Corporation. As McDonalds grew worldwide, Otto & Sons, now known as OSI, remained one of their food suppliers by maintaining a solid working relationship with the fast food giant. In a sense, OSI followed McDonald’s blueprint of being an international supplier.
The future for OSI is bright with the recent acquisition of Tyson Foods and other food giants. OSI has continued their steady growth and will continue to be a leader in the food service industry.David McDonald is married to his wife Malinda and they have six children.