Chicken in Spain
OSI Industries’s Toledo, Spain plant recently went through several improvements. A high-capacity production line was one such improvement. The new line was added to increase the number of chicken products that the plant produces. The plant was originally only able to produce roughly 12000 tons of chicken, however, the new production line doubles that total.
Increase in jobs
The improved plant not only increased the amount of chicken being processed, but it also increased the number of jobs. OSI Industries added 20 new employees to the 140 that already work at the plant. Only one of those jobs was a managerial position, but an important position. The new position was for a product development manager. A Century of Innovation at OSI Group.The manager’s responsibility is not only to make sure that the existing products are their absolute best, but they also have to develop new products.
Spain takes sustainability seriously, and OSI Industries wanted to make sure that the improved plant was sustainable. For example, the plant’s new equipment allowed for a 20 percent cut in energy consumption. The new refrigeration system allows for heat recovery making the plant more energy efficient. The European Agricultural Guarantee Fund gave a grant to OSI Industries to complete their project because of the company’s commitment to the environment.
Other new features
A new production line was not the only addition to the plant. A new test kitchen was added to help with the development of new products and to improve the current ones. Lighting was added for security as well as a fire system for safety. Among all of the improvements, there has been an improvement just for the employees. A social area was added to give the employees have a place to go and relax. OSI Industries’s COO, David McDonald, believes that the improvements will allow the company to grow and continue to compete in this industry.