OSI Industries: A Century Of Continuous Progress

The story of OSI Industries is remarkable. It started in 1909 as a small butcher business. Otto Kolschowsky is the founder and he was a German immigrant to the U.S.

Over a century down the line, the company is in its rightful position, the 58th largest private company in the world, according to Forbes. OSI Industries ventured into the food industry while the industry was still struggling to get to its feet around the world. It grew significantly over time alongside the industry. Currently, it prides itself of more than 20,000 employees working around the clock at 65 facilities across 17 countries.

Its humble beginnings dates more than a century back with Otto Kolschowsky and his sons at the helm of its leadership. A decade after it was founded, it became a meat wholesaler and moved its operations to Maywood. In 1928, it was rebranded Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons established a good business relationship with McDonalds, an endeavor that was a fateful development. As McDonalds grew, it increased its demand for fresh meat products and since Otto & Sons was their best shot to get consistent and quality products, it made Otto & Sons its main supplier.

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Otto & Sons established a facility at West Chicago, Illinois that was dully dedicated to supplying McDonalds with meat products. To enable them go international, it rebranded to OSI Industries in 1975. At that time, the demand for a leader with Sheldon Lavin expertise increased and he was brought on board and offered the opportunity to become its partner. The company expanded to Utah and became an international active and stable business. At some point, it got a technology breakthrough that streamlined its operations and reduced costs. Consequently, they were able to offer quality and affordable products.

Since then OSI Industries embraced innovation, eco-friendly and sustainable practices. It takes the safety of its products seriously. It works around the clock to see to it that their products are safe and high quality. Currently, it is a worldwide provider of meat products and food solutions. It has gained a lot of recognition and received many accolades. It received Global Visionary Award, Globe of Honor from The British Safety Council, California Green Business Award and others. By 2016, it was estimated to be worth $6.1 billion.

OSI Group Makes Great Strides In Energy Usage Reduction

The OSI Group has been doing amazing things with energy – by using a lot less of it.

Earlier this year, OSI Group achieved a remarkable milestone. The company reduced its energy consumption by 20 million kWh since a project to trim energy usage began in June 2013.

As one of the world’s largest meat processing companies with 65 facilities operating in 17 countries around the world, OSI facilities are naturally energy intensive. But that doesn’t mean each plant can’t be sustainable and reduce their collective carbon footprint as much as possible.

In 2013 OSI partnered with Cascade Energy on an effort to reduce the amount of energy used by refrigeration units at the OSI Oakland, Iowa, plant. The result was a cut in energy usage by 10 million kWh. The success of the Oakland experiment led to duplicating the effort in four more facilities, including OSI Chicago-Racine, OSI West Chicago, OSI Geneva in Illinois and OSI West Jordan in Utah.

The result was a total of 20 million kWh saved in three-and-a-half years. That’s the equivalent electricity use for 1,850 homes for a full year. Saving 20 million kWh also prevents the release of 4,056 metric tons of carbon emissions (greenhouse gasses) into the environment. It could also be compared to the equivalent of keeping 2,969 passenger cars off the roads for twelve months.

Sustainability and environmentally friendly operation has become a core value of the OSI Group. To this end, the company has been moving aggressively to adopt pollution-free and renewable energy sources, especially wind and solar-generated power.

Additionally, OSI has been outfitting its processing plants with water-reduction faucets, installing better insulation to conserve energy and adopting sustainable materials when building new plants or remodeling existing structures.

OSI Group prides itself as being among the most environmentally sustainable business operations in the world.