The OSI Group is one of the world’s largest and efficiently managed food handling companies. Since incorporation in the 1900s, OSI Group has tremendously expanded and improved its operations in order to meet new milestones. The most recent of such renovations and strategic expansions was the company’s entry in the European market. Seen as a strategic mechanism of expanding its presence around the world and harnessing new markets, the expansion has given OSI Group a much-needed European presence including the flagship establishment of branches in Germany and Spain.
Increased demand in the company’s products, primarily chicken, recently gave way to a strategic expansion of its chicken processing facility in Toledo, Spain. The €17 million-worth of expansion and improvement saw a number of overhauls in the production facility. One of the main improvements that the expansion featured included the expansion of the production capacity and the overall output from an annual 12,000 tons to 45,000 tons of chicken, pork, and beef products. The improved production will see more products availed to the market, therefore meeting the annual demand that has been increasing over the years.
Secondly, the expansion would consequently lead to the creation of new jobs as more experienced and well-equipped personnel will be required to man stations within the production facility. According to the company’s strategic evaluation, the newly expanded plant in Toledo, Spain would create 20 new jobs for the locals at the managerial level as well as the casual level. The increased demand in the workforce would therefore consequently benefit the local population as the local economy would be largely revamped.
Part of the company’s expansion also includes the development of new designs and the expansion of existing food production and handling ports within the facility. In this regard, for instance, the company’s refrigeration storage facility would be doubled in capacity while the waste management facility would undergo a proportional expansion. New food handling and production lines will be introduced while packaging and storage areas would be revamped to utilize more space to ensure that the existing demand in the market is proportionally handled and sufficed.
In addition to this, the company’s expansion program would also see an introduction of new cutting-edge energy-efficient machinery that are consistent with the global demand for reduction in greenhouse gas emission. The construction of an energy-efficient facility would, therefore, enable OSI Group to join the league of other multinational companies that have active programs targeting reduction of the volume of carbon produced into the environment.
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