OSI Group is a privately held company that supplies processed food to its clients. Its clients include global brands such as McDonald’s, Subway, Pizza Hut, and other fast food chain restaurants. They also make processed food which is sold by grocery store chains as their private store brand.
It was in 1909 that the company originated as a family meat market in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. The company evolved and expanded over the years and eventually came to be known as Otto & Sons as the founder’s children entered the business. In the late 1970’s Sheldon Lavin, who was a former banker and investor, began to run the company. The company had by then been renamed OSI Group and under his leadership the company expanded internationally into Europe and Asia. Today, OSI Group has offices and processing facilities located all over the world.
OSI Group employs over 2000 people. Many of the people have positions in the processing facilities but there are of course also employs at their headquarters in Aurora, IL. Some recent employees came about when OSI Group purchased a former Tyson food processing plant in Chicago. The plant had been slated for shutdown and all of the employees were to lose their jobs. Instead, OSI Group bought the plant for $7.4 million and extended employment offers to most of the people that were working there.
As a company that believes in corporate responsibility to sustainability, OSI Group was honored with the Globe of Honour Award for 2016 in the United Kingdom. The British Safety Council gave them the award for their commendable stewardship of restraining environmental risks. In order to win the award, they had to achieve a perfect score in a yearlong audit that the British Safety Council made of their entire operations. OSI Group was one of the few companies that achieved the strict environmental, safety, and health standards that are required in order to win this prestigious award.