One of America’s largest privately owned meat and protein processing companies is ramping up its operation in Spain to the tune of 17 million Euros, or about 20 million in U.S. dollars.
OSI Group, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, recently announced that it will double the amount of chicken it processes in a country that has seen an annual growth rate of 6% in demand for chicken over the past decade.
OSI President David McDonald said his company’s facility in Toledo, Spain, is among its most important holdings in Europe. It will play a major role in the ongoing OSI Group plan for aggressive world-wide growth.
David McDonald has been with OSI for more than 30 years. After graduating from the University of Iowa with an animal sciences degree, he went to work at OSI on “a bottom tier management rung,” in his own words. One of the key areas where McDonald bolstered the OSI global strategy was using his management wizardry to help his company enter the market in China.
David McDonald played a key role in establishing 10 chicken processing facilities in China, making OSI the largest food processor of its kind in this vast nation of 1.3 billion people.
The experience McDonald gained in building the Far East market position of OSI served him well in the recent expansion of chicken operations in Spain. There the amount of chicken processes will double, from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons each year. Total capacity of the expanded plant is 45,000 tons of product per year.
The Toledo OSI plant will now comprise 22,600 square feet of production space. This includes the production hall itself, a larger, more efficient shipping and receiving area and greatly expanded refrigeration capacity.
It is significant to note that under David McDonald’s vision for what makes an optimum production model, sustainability and environmentally sound methodology take center stage.
OSI Group is a world’s leader in finding ways to save energy, use existing land, animals and resources with extreme efficiency and minimal waste, while also finding ways to conserve the precious resource of fresh water. To this end, McDonald has directed OSI Group planners to install low-flow faucets, use alternative sources of energy and increase the efficiency of key infrastructure, especially refrigeration equipment.
During David McDonald’s tenure as president of OSI Group, the company grew from a $3 billion annual operation in 2013 to a $6 billion in 2016 — and the best is yet to come.
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