Last November, one of the United States’ largest providers of quality meats announced that it would be closing one of its largest facilities in the countries. Tyson Foods – which is based in Aurora – planned to close its facilities in Chicago at the end of last year. The closing would have led to 480 jobs being lost on Chicago’s Southside, which is already an area that is depressed for good, quality jobs. The facility is located on Ashland Ave. and the plan was to shut the facility down by October 1st of 2017.
With the recent drive of consumers to look at fresh foods, Tyson had formerly implied a strategy to offer new recipes, such as one with Asian flavors or offerings that included things like freshly scrambled eggs or freshly cooked sausage patties. OSI Food Solutions also favors freshness and quality ingredients above all else and plans to continue this strategy, while taking it to a higher level through its global reach. With the purchase of Tyson Foods came the acquisition of some of America’s favorite brand names. Jimmy Dean Sausage and Ball Park fall under the Tyson brand and will now be a part of the OSI Food Solutions family.
In addition to the purchase helping to drive OSI Food Solution’s reach across North America, the acquisition helped to save the majority of the jobs of people who had remained at Tyson Foods after the company made the announcement that it would be shutting down its Chicago facility. This was a major deal for the former Tyson employees, many of whom had been working with the company for decades and rely on the job in an area of Chicago where jobs are scarce.
In addition to the acquisition of the former Tyson plant, OSI Food Solutions also announced major growth results for its facility located in Spain. Apparently, the facility has not only managed to double the sales for its entire line of chicken products, but has announced major growth across all meat sectors. The production and distribution of meats (including beef, pork, sausage, chicken, hot dogs and more) has grown in the last year from twelve thousand to more than twenty-four thousand tons. The fact that this growth is weighed in tons and not pounds showcases the massive reach that OSI Food Solutions has, as well as the company’s dedication to long-term, sustainable growth throughout the globe.