Otto and Sons was a meat producing company from a few good German immigrants living in Chicago during the 1950’s. It just so happens that McDonald’s first store was in Des Plaines, Illinois, and they were in need of a meat supplier in close proximity to them. Choosing Otto and Sons as one of their four main meat producers, Otto and Sons naturally grew with McDonald’s as their popularity increased. Otto and Sons was one of the first companies to invest in freeze-dry technology where others would not, and so they eventually became one of McDonald’s main suppliers of meat goods. As McDonalds grew into an international organization, so did Otto and Sons. They found themselves in need of global expertise and leadership, and found this in the form of one Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon came from the world of Finance, and was very pleased at the opportunity to grow such a large organization. In 1975 he joined and change the name to OSI Group McDonalds to better reflect the corporate culture and scale of which they were operating.
Currently to this day, OSI Group McDonalds is ranked number 63 on the Forbes list of wealthiest private companies, raking in 6.1 billion dollars per year annually; They have over 20,000 employees and are located in 17 different countries worldwide. Recently they are focused on sustainability and environmental initiatives in order to secure longevity for the organization. To this end, they have hired the vice president of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef to join their team. Nicole Johnson-Hoffman has become the new CSO for OSI Group McDonalds, and has created a culture of care and sustainability that has garnished to company many awards in the past 5 years. In 2013, 2015, and 2016, OSI Group McDonalds has won the Globe of Honour awards from the UK’s Safety Council. In addition to this, they have won the California Green Business certificate award, and the NAMI Environmental Award.
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