- THE MAGAZINE
One year after breaking ground in Ostróda, Poland, OSI Food Solutions, an OSI Group company, celebrated the opening of its new state-of-the-art beef processing facility.
This new facility replaced an older leased establishment, and represents a $36 million investment. It includes a three-story, 64,600-square-foot processing and storage building and is situated on 27 acres of land purchased by OSI. If needed, this could be the base for further investment and development. The building was designed with significant regard to sustainability, and incorporated a number of environmentally responsible and resource-efficient measures, including:
• Water-saving faucets.
• Efficient indoor and outdoor LED lighting.
• Renewable energy sources (photovoltaic, wind).
• Above-standard building insulation.
• Chemical-free water treatment system.
• Energy monitoring system.
Construction also included a high percentage of recycled and regional materials, and the design incorporated a parking area for ride-share buses and bicycles.
The hamburgers produced at this plant are supplying quick-service restaurants in Eastern Europe, including Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Baltic States, as well as Sweden and Finland.
In addition to the Polish meat processing facility, OSI owns an abattoir in Gora, Poland, operating within its Foodworks division, and staffs an office in Warsaw. The principal activities of these facilities are related to the primary and secondary processing of beef and beef products, although the company has the ability to expand to process other protein items as needed.
OSI Group will receive Refrigerated & Frozen Foods’ 2014 Refrigerated Foods Processor of the Year award. Look for additional coverage on this ever-expanding company in the January 2014 issue, and take a walk through their 151,000-square-foot West Jordan, Utah, facility.
Want to see the plant construction in the making? Check out the video below.