In 1974, Bob Ontiveros saw an opportunity to live the American dream and build a company for himself and his family. More than 40 years later, the packaging company he originally founded out of the back of his station wagon - Group O, is ranked by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as one of the top five Latino-owned businesses in the country.
Group O experienced great growth in the 1980s after being awarded an outsourcing contract for supply chain functions for locally headquartered John Deere, Case, International Harvester, and Caterpillar plants. As business continued to expand, Bob enlisted his son Gregg to manage the supply chain business in 1991, and ultimately appointed him as president of the company in 1999.
Gregg Ontiveros’ entrepreneurial spirit and continuous interest in emerging technologies have taken Group O from a $49M company in 1999 to the thriving $700M multi-faceted enterprise it is today. Group O has gained prestige for helping Fortune 500 companies like AT&T, Samsung, Michelin, Caterpillar, PepsiCo, and Best Buy turn their most complex business challenges into centers of profitability and efficiency.
Headquartered in Milan, IL, Group O employs over 1,200 people and continues to grow under the leadership of Gregg Ontiveros as President and CEO.
MBE Corporate Plus Provider
100% Hispanic Minority-Owned Business Enterprise.
Since the beginning, Group O has celebrated diversity in all facets of our business. That commitment to diversity can be seen not only in our employees but also in the vendors and suppliers we choose. We also actively work with councils and associations that support diversity.
Corporate Plus® is an unprecedented membership program for NMSDC-certified minority businesses of the highest caliber. The Corporate Plus® members have demonstrated their capacity to execute national contracts for major corporations.
Zero Waste Ideology
Protecting our greatest resources - Our Earth & our people.
We actively educate and encourage our employees and partner with other organizations to embrace sustainable values. We go well beyond legal and regulatory requirements before we benchmark, measure and communicate our progress to our stakeholders.
- Ensures a safe work environment
- Encourages community service
- Reduces our carbon footprint
- Rewards and retains our talent
- Provides total operational and cost transparency
Sustaining and improving our community.
We believe community involvement is a critical component of sustainability and part of our ethical responsibility. We are proud to support Junior Achievement, United Way, the Boys and Girls Clubs, Habitat for Humanity and many other organizations.