The population of the planet has exceeded seven billion people. The United Nations says that figure will be nearly 10 billion by 2050. The CEO of one of America’s largest food processors thinks about these figures every day. He understands that feeding a hungry planet will require two things: Sustainable food development and extreme attention to environmental management.
The company is OSI Industries and its long-time CEO is Sheldon Lavin. He stands as one of the longest-serving company leaders in America today. Mr. Lavin took over at OSI Industries in the 1970s. From the very beginning, he understood that his company could not grow without making sustainability a central guiding principle of that growth process.
Today OSI Industries spans the globe with some 70 facilities operating in 17 countries. It is among the largest processors of beef, pork, chicken and raw vegetable matter in the world. Forbes ranks OSI as No. 58 on its list of largest privately-owned American companies. It reports revenues in excess of $6 billion per year.
Sheldon Lavin’s approach to achieving sustainability is leveraging advanced technology. For example, he understands that finding new sources of energy that do not contribute carbon to the earth atmosphere is an essential component of responsible operation. That means adopting massive sources of green energy, such as solar and wind produced power. It also means finding ways to operate giant meat processing plants using as little energy as possible.
That’s a special challenge for a company like OSI Industries which is inherently energy intensive. Consider that processing fresh meats requires huge amounts of refrigeration to keep meat at a safe temperature until it reaches the dinner table of the end user. Not must meat be refrigerated, but the machines that do the processing themselves must also be super-cooled as they work.
Another sustainability factor is demand for fresh water. Sheldon Lavin early on understood that finding ways to reduce water usage to a minimum was essential. Part of the effort can be achieved with low-flow faucets. Another aspect of water conservation is effective recycling of captured “gray water.”
Lavin’s methods have earned OSI Industries world recognition as a leader in sustainable operation.
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