OSI’s David McDonald Leads the Way for Spanish Plant Opening

David Mcdonald, President of OSI Group, LLC, is perhaps the biggest meat company president in the world (and certainly in the United States). President David McDonald has been in the food industry for over thirty years, starting with his Bachelor of Arts degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. David’s career has spanned throughout many different corporations and is not limited to OSI. For a period of time, David was appointed the chairman of the entire North American Meat Institute. David McDonald has been so successful with his work at OSI Group that his company has become the most awarded recipient of food industry awards in recent history. Some of the awards that OSI has won have included the 2017 International Safety Award from the U.K., the “Sword of Honour” and “Globe of Honour” awards (also U.K.), and even other awards earned throughout countries like Austria, India, and Germany and more

Other countries like Spain have now even become the distribution hub of OSI’s Southern European operations. This distance between supply and demand is so great, actually, that OSI is building a new facility in Spain to keep up and grow its operations. The Spanish OSI building (located in Toledo) stands to produce for both Portuguese and Spanish markets as a way to generate double the output as prior. In the past there was 12,000 tons of meat produced per year; this number now becomes 24,000 or more tons per year.

The physical building itself is going to consist of 20,000 square footage: a cost of roughly €17,000,000. The factory will both generate twice the output and storage space, and will also house a new production unit, shipping unit, a break room , a climate controlled space for ample storage, and even a testing facility for inventing new food products. As of now, there are more than 160 workers at David’s new Iberian facility and 20 of those workers are new hires to match the enlarged demand. David McDonald additionally added a modern fire prevention system, on top of greater fence security and security cameras. (This all is in addition to the building achieving 20% fewer energy use than older plants).

OSI Group is located near Chicago and was founded in 1909. Right now, OSI makes a variety of products that include the likes of smoked meats, pizza toppings, hamburger patties, hot dogs, bacon, and more.

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