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OSI group is a privately owned American company that specializes in food processing. The Aurora-based company has recently acquired the former Tyson Food Plant in Chicago. The transaction’s record as maintained by the Cook County Recorder of Deed shows that it was bought at $7.4 million.

Apart from making meat products such as bacon and sausages, OSI Group has also been providing other retail brands and food service. They have been operating in more than 16 countries through their over sixty facilities.

Tyson Foods, on the other hand, has been preparing and offering food to the hospitality industry. Some of the food they made include crepes, meatballs, chicken cordon bleu, soups, omelets, tempura chicken, and sauces. While announcing the company’s closure, Tyson Food said that their facility was not able to meet the growing customer’s demand leading to the close of one of their plants. Two of the company’s food plants located at 400 S. Jefferson St. and 3548 N. Kostner Ave. will still be operational.

Tyson food had announced earlier that about 480 career opportunities would not be available anymore because of the planned closure of 4201 S. Ashland Ave facility. The plant’s last day of production was June 2, and by the time the facility was officially bought by OSI Group, only 250 employees were still at service. Caroline Ahn who was Tysons Food Spokeswoman said that a large part of the employees remaining got employed by OSI Group.

Alison Kovaleski is the spokeswoman for OSI Group, and she refused to disclose any information on the number of employees that they absorbed from Tyson Food. She also didn’t reveal the plans of the company claiming it’s the policy of the company to keep such information undisclosed. Such information includes details of their products as well as those of their stakeholders.

Apparently, on June 28 OSI Group gave a brief information on its website stating that the 200,000 square feet facility located in the back yard poses a great opportunity for the continued support of the business growth.

Kelvin Scott who is a senior executive vice president of OSI Group in North America, expressed his delight in the acquired facility saying that it will help them satisfy the growing need of their clients. He added that OSI Group at large appreciates having the facility as part of their manufacturing network.

About OSI Group

OSI Group is a food production company located in Aurora, Illinois specializing in meat processing. The company prides in the ability to serve the food service industry and other retail brands. It started its operations in 1909 under the leadership of Otto Kolschowsky. By then, the company was known as Oak Park and focused on satisfying their customer’s needs more. Maintaining the constant dedication OSI group has managed to emerge as the leading worldwide food provider.

Being locally and internationally present in the market, OSI Group has gained a competitive advantage in the market. It enables the leveraging of their international supply chains which in turn allows financial suppleness and cost savings as well. Despite that it serve international markets, the group operates as a small company that is privately owned and ensures satisfaction of their clients.

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