One reason OSI Group is recognized around the world as one of the most environmentally sound and sustainably-operating companies are its buildings. For example, the OSI facility in Ostroda, Poland, was recently certified as LEED Gold. Visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OSI_Group
The LEED rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. The USGBC is considered the highest world standard for certifying how well and efficiently a commercial structure is operating. That includes energy usage, waste management, employee safety, working conditions and other standards.
Achieving LEED Gold as did the Ostroda operation is no easy task. There are seven key areas where the OSI Group facility in Poland developed high standard for optimum environmental performance. These include:
* Low-flow water faucets
* Efficient lighting in and outdoors
* Use of renewables, such as wind and solar
* Superior insulation
* Chemical-free water treatment
* Rainwater recapture and use
* Energy monitoring systems
The OSI Group facility in Ostroda demonstrates an overall company culture that places sustainability and environmental management as the center of everything it does. Sustainability is more than a buzz word for this giant processor of meat products.
Early on, OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin realized that sustainability would not only be a primary driver of company growth and reducing overhead costs, but nothing less than a major factor in the long-term survival of the company itself. On a planet with seven billion hungry people, providing an ever-growing, safe and sustainable food supply is not something that just happens by accident. producing food responsibly with a low carbon footprint and respect for natural resources is vital.
OSI Group is headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. It is ranked at #58 on the Forbes list of largest privately-owned companies in the United States. It employees some 20,000 people around the world with 65 facilities operating in 17 countries. Annual revenue of OSI is more than $6 billion.
In addition to its processing plant in Ostroda, OSI also operates OSI Poland Foodworks located in the city of Chróścina, near Góra. The Poland location and market has become an important facet of the overall European presence for OSI. These facilities serve Polish retailers and also export their products to other European nations.