Ostroda is a city of about 33,000 in the historic Masuria region of northern Poland and the site of a $36 million state-of-the-art beef processing plant built by OSI Group. It opened operations in 2013.
The plant not only represents the importance which OSI Group places on European Union member countries such as Poland, but also illustrates the company’s ongoing commitment to world-wide sustainability, environmentally-friendly operations — and facilities that employ resource-efficient measure functions.
The Ostroda beef plant is a model for all of the above. It was fitted with water-saving faucets, highly efficient indoor and outdoor lighting using LED technology while also drawing heavily upon renewable energy sources such as wind and solar for power. This is coupled with advanced insulation materials and cutting-edge energy monitoring systems.
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Considering its advanced design, it’s not surprising the plant achieved Gold LEED certification, a rating system devised by the United States Green Building Council to determine the environmental performance of a building. Gold Certification is the highest level of certification.
Additionally, the Ostroda plant site used a high percentage of recycled and regional materials in construction, and even incorporated a parking area for ride-share buses and bicycles.
Hamburger produced at the Ostroda location supplies quick-service restaurants, such as McDonald’s, not only in Poland but also the Czech Republic, Slovakia, the Baltic States, Sweden and Finland. While the primary focus of the plant is beef production, the site is geared up to handle other protein product processing as well.
The city of Ostroda was delighted to be chosen by OSI as a location for one of the most modern, energy-efficient and sustainable food processing operations in Europe. The state-of-the-art OSI beef facility replaced an older, aging processing plant. It was a key factor in preserving some 93 jobs for the city at the time of construction. OSI officials predicted plant employment will grow by about 30%.
OSI Group has maintained a presence in Poland since 1992.
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