OSI Group is continuing their expansion around the world as the demand for their products increases. In 1909, the butcher shop in Chicago owned by Otto Kolschowsky that would eventually grow to become OSI Group was opened by the German immigrant. Like many other businesses in the German-immigrant community eventually, the business was passed down to his sons who devoted their careers to growing the company into the multinational corporation that it is today. In recent years OSI Group has made considerable efforts to increase their presence and production capabilities in Europe and surrounding areas through various expansion and acquisition efforts.
One of the main products in high demand in that region are various chicken products, especially in Portugal and Spain. In the last ten years, studies have shown that there has been at least a 6% increase in demand for the protein every year. One of the main efforts to increase production capacity in the region by OSI Group was an expansion of one of their existing facilities located in Toledo, Spain. While the plant could process around 12,000 tons of chicken a year that has now been increased to 24,000 tons. In total, the plant can process 45,000 tons of meat products including chicken, pork, and beef. The expansion did not just include areas to increase production of their products, it also included features such as storage, a shipping area, refrigeration rooms, and a social area.
One of the most interesting features of the expansion includes a testing kitchen that will help the company improve their current products as well as develop new ones that will meet the needs of their growing customer base. Food manufacturers including OSI recognize that the preferences and tastes of consumers will constantly change over time and they must be prepared to meet these demands to stay successful. The local economy has also benefited from this considerable expansion as well. To meet the staffing needs of the expansion OSI Group needed to add 20 new people to their workforce. This addition brings the staff count at the Toledo, Spain plant to around 160 people.