David Mcdonald never thought he’d be in charge of a multinational conglomerate when he was growing up on a farm in Iowa. He learned the Midwestern values of hard work, honesty and punctuality while growing up in rural Iowa. He also learned to value the work of farmers, and that’s perhaps why he commands so much respect in the food supply industry.
The hardworking David Mcdonald set his sight high. He attending Iowa State University where he won many accolades for his intelligence and work ethic. He earned himself a bachelor degree in animal sciences before landing an internship at OSI Group. He was immediately taken under the wing of the CEO.
David Mcdonald became a project manager before ascending to COO. OSI Group is all he’s ever known in the professional world and he wants to keep it that way for the rest of his career. He believes that the company is imbued with midwestern values and that’s why the company has become so successful. But OSI Group’s origin story is one of hard work, perseverance, a little bit of luck and unprecedented growth.
The worldwide conglomerate got its start as a butcher shop run by a German immigrant named Otto back at the turn of the 20th century. The immigrant worked hard to grow his business into a meat supply company which he eventually named Otto and Sons. This is when the company really took off.
They partnered with the founder of McDonald’s to be one of dozens of meat suppliers across America. They invested the profits of this venture into research and development of new freezing technologies. Their new meat freezing tech allowed them to get out ahead of the competition in order to become the main meat supplier for the most successful restaurant in history. The growth was exponential.
Under David Mcdonald, the company has diversified and expanded to 17 different countries. More than 20,000 employees rely on what is now known as OSI Group. But the company still keeps the same headquarters in Illinois right down the road from the original McDonald’s restaurant that started it all.