Last month, OSI Group Poultry Development Co. in Shandong Province celebrated the grand opening of a new modern feed mill located in Rushan, Weihei, Shandong Province in China.
With an annual capacity of 600,000 metric tons, this new facility is now one of China's largest feed mills in operation.
OSI began their poultry operation in China in 2010, and will reach a slaughtering capacity of 100 million birds per year by 2014, while employing over 1,500 people.
The celebration marked an end to the project that started fourteen months earlier.
"This is an end, but also a new beginning for OSI and the people of Rushan," said Bill Weimer, EVP and CFO of the OSI Group based in Chicago, IL, USA.
Stefan Chen, GM of OSI's Poultry Vertical Integration division in China, outlined the importance of controlled animal protein systems to ensure the country's overall food safety and security.
"We are building one of China's most modern vertically integrated poultry operations using the latest on-farm and in-plant technologies," Chen said.
"This allows us to develop a sustainable business model for the future through efficiencies of scale and best practices, along with significant bio-security and food safety measures."
OSI opened its first plant in China in 1992, in Beijing. The company today employs over 3,500 people across its meat and vegetable operations in China.
Its entire Asia-Pacific footprint also includes Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines, India and Australia. OSI was an official supplier to the 2008 Olympic Village in Beijing and has received numerous food quality and innovation awards from its key customers across the Asia-Pacific region and in several other countries around the globe.
is a privately held corporation operating more than 50 facilities in 17 countries.