In 1987, David McDonald joined OSI Group as a project manager. His main responsibility during this time was to aide in the expansion of the company in Latin American and Asia. Over the years, he has worked hard and dedicated many hours to the expansion of OSI Group, ultimately earning him the title of President and Chief Operating Officer.
Recently, there has been an increase in the demand for chicken products in Spain and Portugal. This increase caused David McDonald and Sheldon Lavin to make the decision to expand OSI Group in Spain. To accomplish this expansion, the company improved its facility in a number of areas that include storage, production, and security.
This expansion was no easy, or cheap, feat. The facility located in Toledo, Spain went through a €17 million expansion process. The money went toward adding a massive 22,600 square feet to the facility. This addition created the additional space needed for a new and improved production hall, storage areas, refrigerate rooms for waste container storage, shipping and receiving areas, service areas, and a large employee area. Due to this expansion, the OSI Group has increased its production of chicken products from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons on an annual basis.
In addition, it was critical to David McDonald and Sheldon Lavin that improvements were made to the buildings security and sustainability efforts. In an effort to protect both the product and the employees, a surveillance system was added to the exterior of the facility, cameras were added throughout the interior, and a fire suppression system was installed. Of equal importance to McDonald and Lavin, was taking measures to lower their carbon footprint. By updating the equipment and other improvements that were made during this expansion, the OSI Group has been able to decrease its electric use by about 20 percent.
It is largely because of David McDonald and Sheldon Lavin’s leadership that the OSI Group has won a number of awards. Some of the awards the company has earned are for their efforts to create a safe environment for their employees as well as for their determination to lower their carbon footprint. In 2017, the company was awarded the International Safety Award by the British Safety Council; they also received the BSC’s Globe Honour Award for their environmental efforts.
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