Like other countries around the world, both Spain and Portugal consumers are eating more chicken. As a major supplier of chicken to quick-serve restaurants and grocery stores, OSI Food Solutions has upgraded its production facility in Toledo, Spain, to meet this demand. They spent €17 million on a new high-capacity production line plus safety improvements which doubles their capacity to process chicken. They can now process 24,000 tons of chicken annually. Additionally, they hired 20 more people to work at this production facility which brings the headcount up to 160 employees.
OSI Food Solutions added another 22,600 square feet of space to this facility. This included a new production hall, supplies storage, refrigerated rooms, shipping and receiving space, an area for employees to socialize, and other service areas. Because they test out new recipes at this facility they also put in place a new development kitchen. As their clients and consumers ask for new recipes this plant will now be able to deliver this to them more efficiently.
Other improvements were also made as a part of this upgrade. For example, it reduced their energy consumption by 20%. As their new heat recovery system goes online they expect further cuts to the amount of electricity they consume. They also installed more indoor cameras and a high-tech firefighting system.
OSI Food Solutions was founded in 1909 in Oak Park, Illinois. At the time it was a family meat market that just supplied local families. In 1917 it became a wholesale company and moved to Maywood, Illinois. It changed its name to Otto & Sons in 1928. By the middle of the 1970s it was relocated to Aurora, Illinois, and had changed its name to the one it now uses.
Since the 1970s a new owner and leadership has greatly expanded the footprint of OSI Food Solutions. They now serve clients in North America, Australia, Asia, and both Western and Eastern Europe. They have offices and facilities in the two most populated nations on Earth, China and India. Another major production facility went online in 2016 when they acquired a Tyson Foods plant that is in Chicago. Tyson Foods had announced in late 2015 that they were shutting this plant down and all 480 employees would lose their jobs. In June of 2016 OSI Food Solutions announced their $7.4 million offer for the building had been accepted. About 250 employees were left at the time and almost all of them were hired by OSI Food Solutions.
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