OSI buys former Tyson Foods plant on South Side for $7.4M

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--OSI Group, an Aurora-based processed food company, bought the former Tyson Foods plant in Chicago earlier this month for $7.4 million, according to documents filed with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds.

In November, Tyson Foods said 480 jobs would be lost when it shut down the facility at 4201 S. Ashland Ave. by of this year. It's unclear whether the plant's already been closed and, if so, how many jobs could be restored at the plant under the change in ownership. A Tyson spokeswoman said Friday she couldn't immediately say whether the facility had been closed; an OSI spokeswoman couldn't be reached for comment.

In a brief announcement on its website , OSI said the 200,000-square-foot facility in the Back of the Yards neighborhood is close to OSI's other Chicago facilities and would "provide the infrastructure to support continued business growth."

"This facility enhances our capabilities to meet the rapidly evolving needs of our customers," said Kevin Scott, senior executive vice president for OSI North America, in the announcement. "We are excited to have this facility as part of the broader OSI manufacturing network."

OSI, a privately held company, makes a variety of meat products, like breakfast sausage and bacon, as well as other food products for food service and retail brands, according to the company's website. It operates more than 60 facilities in 16 countries.

Tyson Foods previously made prepared meals for the hospitality industry, among other clients, at the South Side plant. Items like tempura chicken, meatballs, crepes, omelets, soups, sauces and chicken cordon bleu were made there.

When the closing was announced, Tyson Foods executives said the facility was limited in its ability to meet changing consumer demands. Tyson's two other Chicago facilities, a plant at 3548 N. Kostner Ave., which makes steaks, and offices at 400 S. Jefferson St., are still in operation.

gtrotter@tribpub.com

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