The North American Meat Institute (NAMI) recently singled out two processing facilities operated by OSI Group, recognizing them for their excellence in superior environmental management and sustainability practices.
The OSI plant in Geneva, Illinois, was awarded the “Tier 1 Environmental Recognition Award” for launching a concentrated process that will improve sustainability practices across all aspect of the facility’s function. The OSI plant in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, was given a “Tier 2 Award” for further advancement in environmental and sustainability practices and improvements.
These two operation join four other OSI Group facilities that have received NAMI awards. The others are located in Chicago, West Chicago, Oakland, Iowa, and West Jordan, Utah. In all, NAMI handed out 96 environmental recognition awards across the United States in 2018.
The recognition for the OSI Group facility is nothing new for a company which has placed sustainability and sound environmental management at the core of its operating philosophy. The vision to produce and process food with sustainability is the driven by OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin and President David McDonald. These two decades-long leaders of the company realized early on that, when it comes to food production in a world that must feed 7 billion people, finding ways to do so without damaging the environment is critical. A sustainable way is the only way.
OSI is based in Aurora, Illinois. It’s a company with more than 100 years of operation after being established in 1909 by a German immigrant. Otto Kolschowsky had no idea that his humble butcher shop would one day become one of America’s largest privately owned companies with annual profits in excess of $6 billion. Today, OSI has 65 facilities operating in 17 countries around the world. Forbes magazine recently listed OSI Group as the 58th largest privately owned company in the U.S.
Aggressive growth and expansion has been the hallmark of the OSI philosophy, but one always tied to sustainability and sound environmental management practice. The recent NAMI awards issued to the OSI facilities in Geneva and Fort Atkinson are a demonstration of that commitment now and in the future.
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