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Food Producer OSI Group Continues Growth While Working to Maintain Environmental Sustainability

Illinois-based value-added food producer OSI Group has expanded its operations with the acquisition of Rose Packing Co., Inc. in Barrington, Illinois. Rose packing, founded in 1924, is the producer of such items as hams, sausages, brats, burgers and toppings for pizza. Its processing center in Chicago employs over 700.

OSI North America has stated the acquisition works well with its business strategies and has direct application to OSI’s existing operations and business growth. Rose Packing adds capacity and has an existing marketing image. Both companies share a vision of providing high-value to customers. Rose Packing’s CEO and management team will remain to oversee operations and transition. CEO Dwight Stiehl believes both Rose Packing and OSI operate on a foundation of excellence and strong business principles, and both count on 200 years of history in the Chicago area.

OSI Group, originally founded in 1909 and becoming Otto & Sons in 1928, is currently lead by Sheldon Lavin. OSI Group, having grown from its small beginnings and become a principle provider for McDonalds and later with production facilities throughout the world, is now one of the world’s major food producers. Lavin has overseen much of that growth since the 1970s, when he held an office as an investment manager and was approached by Otto & Sons for expansion finances. Lavin became a consultant and later, given interest on the part of McDonalds, OSI’s CEO.

OSI now has more than 20,000 employees in 17 countries and a $6.1 billion net worth as of 2016. OSI has always operated and grown according to adoption of innovative technology, including cryogenic freezing methods with nitrogen, which was a critical part of OSI’s transformation into a worldwide organization. As OSI continues to grow and progress with mergers such as Rose Packing, its objective and that of Lavin is to ensure it does so while maintaining environmentally sustainable operations. OSI Group has included sustainability in its corporate structure and added a chief sustainability officer to its leadership group. OSI sees sustainability as an overall and progressive approach that works on continual involvement in green business developments.

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