In 1987, when David McDonald joined Aurora, Illinois based OSI Industries, he had just received his Animal Science bachelors degree from Iowa State University. The company hired the young Iowa native as a project manager. That was 31 years ago.
Today 53-year-old Mr. McDonald is the president and CEO of the privately held OSI Group. The company has grown into an international meat and food processing concern operating in the United States, China, and Europe under his leadership.
Mr. McDonald relies on his global logistics team to coordinate the efforts of OSI’s local managers in the various countries where the company does business. That is because from region to region things are done differently due to differences in culture. Also, particular to the food business, producers must be able to relate literally to the taste of their customers.
Currently, the company is focusing on expanding business. Opening plants in new markets like India. While building additional processing facilities in China; where it expects to become the top producer of poultry products soon.
Regarding China, Mr. McDonald says that the company’s customers there are experiencing steady growth as the Chinese consumer market continues to increase. He feels that after 20 years of doing business in China OSI is uniquely positioned to continue participating in that growth due to the relationships the company has built over the years.
In Europe, the company is also expanding. Investing notably to increase the production capacity of its processing center in Hungary for instance. However, the most significant development in Europe overseen by McDonald as CEO was the acquisition of the Dutch food company, Baho Foods. Mr. McDonald has declared that the addition of Baho food enhances our product offering within the European market. The portfolio of the OSI Group’s products is now more varied and allows us to cater more precisely to the taste of our European customers.
Not to be forgotten, the US market is also seeing investment in new facilities. The company is building a new plant in Geneva, Illinois. The plant will produce frozen entrees.
Mr. McDonald has done a masterful job of managing the OSI Group as only one who has been so dedicated to their industry over three decades could. In addition to his duties as president and CEO, he is also a member of the company’s board of directors and the immediate past Chairman of the American Meat Institute.
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