OSI Group Achieves Milestone Energy Savings With New Initiative

In 2013 the giant American food processing company OSI Group launched its Energy Reduction Initiative. Four years later the company announced it had saved an astonishing 20 million kWh — a significant achievement to say the least.

OSI Group processes beef, chicken, pork and other meats and supplies them to retailers, restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores, various franchise operation and more. One of its major customers since the 1950s has been McDonald’s. The fast food giant has relied on OSI for superior quality beef for more than five decades.

As a large processor of farm-raised beef and other animal-derived protein, OSI Group has been deeply conscious of a need to embed sustainable and environmentally sound management principles in all aspects of its daily functions. The company has been recognized around the world for an aggressive pursuit of sustainability, a major aspect of which is using less energy and reducing its carbon footprint.

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OSI Groups has been recognized with numerous major awards for its efforts. A recent example is the Globe of Honor bestowed upon the company by the British Safety Council. It’s among the most prestigious and difficult to achieve awards in Europe. It requires the operator to meet stringent environmental protocols and pass exacting inspection processes.

OSI’s most recent reduction in energy usage in its American operations was acknowledged by Cascade Energy. The power provider began working closely with the food giant in its Oakland, Iowa, facility. Experts at Cascade taught OSI engineers to use electricity more efficiently, especially in terms of refrigeration. Success at the Iowa OSI plant was followed by four other locations building on the success of the first.

OSI Group is based in Aurora, Illinois, and has been a fixture in the Chicago area for more than a century. It began in 1909 as a humble, one-man butcher shop established by German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky. Today it spans the globe with 65 facilities operating in 17 countries. OSI employees 20,000 people worldwide and is ranked #58 on the Forbes list of the 100 largest American privately-owned companies.

OSI is helmed by CEO Sheldon Lavin and President David McDonald.

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