When you order up a hot, juicy Big Mac at your local McDonald’s restaurant, you probably don’t give a second thought to where those delicious “two all-beef patties” came from. But chances are they made their way to your table from OSI Industries.
OSI Group is one of the largest providers of processed fresh meats in the world. While it’s a company that’s as American as apple pie, it now commands a major presence around the world. Headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group has extended its reach with 65 facilities to operate in 17 countries globally.
OSI is not only one America’s largest privately owned companies, it’s also one of the oldest and established in the United States. It all began in 1909 when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky set up a humble family meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. By 1917, Otto had expanded his business to serve the wholesale meat trade. The company became Otto & Sons in 1928. Over the previous 20 years, Otto had established a reputation for producing meats of exceptional quality along with high safety and wholesomeness standards.
Today, the OSI Group enjoys revenues of some $6 billion annually, earning it a ranking at #58 of the Forbes largest privately owned companies list — and yet the company has remained essentially family-owned for more than 100 years!
Today OSI Industries is helmed by CEO Sheldon Lavin and President David McDonald. (Note: It’s only a remarkable coincidence that McDonald’s restaurants is among OSI biggest customers and that the company has a president of the same name!)
Both Lavin and McDonald have been instrumental in making OSI Industries a business determined to establish a corporate culture centered on environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.
OSI facilities around the world have won numerous awards for their efforts to adopt practices that leave minimum impact on the environment, and which leave the tiniest carbon footprint possible. The company has been widely recognized for innovating ways to conserve energy on refrigeration, for example, and for usage of minimal amounts of water by installing “low-flow” faucets in all its facilities.
OSI Group has also won uncounted awards for cleanliness, food safety and superior employee relations policies. Both Lavin and McDonald have stated that “a company is only as good as its people,” and it’s those people who drive excellence in a large, international company from the ground up.
OSI Group Info: www.forbes.com/companies/osi-group/