President of OSI Group, David McDonald was raised on a farm in Northeast Iowa and completed his graduation from Iowa State University. He started his first job as a Project Manager and now leads the entire OSI Group.
OSI Group started its journey as a small butcher shop at the west side of Chicago in 1909 which later became the first meat suppliers for McDonald’s chain restaurants. Currently, the group is among the leading global suppliers in the food industry with over 20,000 employees in 17 countries. Read more about David McDonald at foundation.iastate.edu
The Background of OSI Group
David McDonald supports the Agricultural Entrepreneurship Initiative. He played a vital role in OSI’s growth and expansion in China through his vast experience. In 1955, Ray Kroc opened its first ever McDonald’s franchise in Des Plaines, Illinois and joined hands with Otto and Sons currently known as OSI Group to provide processed meat for the restaurant. Over time, the relationship between them grew stronger and both transformed themselves into successful leaders in the international market.
Global and Local Trials for David McDonald
The CEO of OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin initially hired David McDonald as an intern, the same year when the company marked its growth in America and Europe.
With time, McDonald gained valuable in-depth knowledge about OSI and built stronger relationships with other local and international companies. He still believes that OSI’s success depends on the collaborative efforts by the team and customers.
In 2001, OSI expanded globally and formed a joint partnership with China. Consecutively, the Group had signed numerous agreements for joint ventures in Europe and USA.
OSI partnered up with domestic companies to raise multiple projects and to expand its product line by adding bacon, sausages, hot dogs and frozen vegetables. In 2014, OSI formed a joint venture with a Canadian company to process beans, salsa, and tofu products by establishing various plant facilities in Canada, Europe, and India.
OSI’s current position
Over the years, OSI has transformed its business globally in China, Germany, Japan, India and Poland and continues to expand its operations under McDonald’s vision and leadership who believes OSI has always proved itself by overcoming challenges through technology and refinements. The company has research and development centers in Aurora and China and has been awarded for its efforts in ensuring environmental safety.