The Story Behind OSI Group

OSI Group, headquartered in Aurora, Illinois, is an international food processing company with operations and subsidiaries around the world. The company started in 1909 as a small meat market in Oak Park Illinois.

The company rapidly in 1955 when McDonald’s, at the time a new company, picked OSI Group as one of it fresh beef suppliers. In the late 1960’s, due to advances in technology, McDonald’s was able to narrow its number of beef suppliers for its national operations to just four, one of which was OSI Group. The company has been expanding and growing ever since and supplies food to restaurants and retail stores across the globe.

Due to strong growth, OSI Group needed to expand it plant space
in 2016. As a result, they purchased a former Tyson Foods plant for $7.4 million. The plant, located in Chicago, was going to close down and lay off the remaining 250 employees. Many of those employees were retained by OSI Group which saved their jobs. A statement released by the company indicated that the plant was close to their other operations in the area and the purchase of the plant would support their continuing growth.

OSI Group recently won two awards from the British Safety Council. These awards were the Sword of Honour and the Globe of Honour. The Sword of Honour is given to those companies that exemplify excellence in health and safety in their operations.

The Globe of Honour is given to those organizations that have shown great care in their environmental management and impact on nature. To win these awards OSI Group had to attain the maximum five stars in health and safety audits. The company also had to show an independent panel made up of experts that they retain excellent environmental management, safety, and health throughout their operations. In a statement the company’s UK’s Safety, Security, and Environmental Manager, Tim Hurley, said that to achieve both awards demonstrated the company’s rank as the “best of the best” and how expressed how proud he was of the whole team.

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