OSI Group is among the leading food providers in the world with over 20,000 workers at their 65 facilities that are found in 17 countries. The firm was named the 58th largest private firm by Forbes in 2016 with a 6.1 billion dollars net worth. It has a humble beginning to a large corporate kind of story that dates back to the 20th century. The firm is as a result of the American Immigrant Experience. In the 20th century, Otto Kolschowsky was one of the members of the growing German immigrant population that was in Chicago, Illinois. About a quarter of the whole city’s population was made up of people of the German descent. In 1909, only two years after arriving in the U.S, Kolschowsky opened an undersized retail meat market and a butcher shop to be serving the community around him.
With the proper business that he was doing, ten years later at the end of the 1st world war, Kolschowsky was able to expand his business to large wholesale business. By the time he was able to open another store in Maywood. By 1928, the business had grown to a family owned company that rebranded itself as Otto & Sons. For decades, the firm was able to grow as a thriving local business and was of the essence to the American community. In 1975, The Otto & Sons Company became OSI Industries. Today, OSI Group under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin the CEO, the firm have embraced new technologies and strategies that has increased its efficiency and decrease in Company’s environmental footprint of operations.
Due to this efforts to ensure that the firm has continued to produce food in the most sustainable and environmentally friendliest way, the firm and Lavin himself have received several sustainability Awards. Some of these awards include Global Visionary Award, California Green Business Award, British Safety council’s Globe of honor, North American Meat Institute Environmental award and many more. According to Lavin, the Awards are the crowning they get for the achievements they have made in the long career business of OSI Group. The management of OSI Group ensures that they consider the issue of Sustainability when they are making operational decisions.