Sheldon Lavin is the Chairman of OSI Group, LLC. He is also its Chief Executive Officer, and the president of OSI International Foods Ltd. Sheldon is a notable character in the meat and food processing industry. He was involved in the Otto & Sons financing, which later developed into OSI Group. OSI Group grew rapidly from a national food processing company to a global industry leader. It has more than 60 locations across 60 various countries with 20,000 employees.
History of OSI Group
It all began with Otto Kolschowsky, who was a member of the thriving German-immigrant community in Chicago. In 1909, two years after coming to the U.S, Kolschowsky started a small retail meat bazaar and butcher shop in Chicago, Illinois. Within ten years, he had done such good business that he had extended into the wholesale side of it. This included relocating to Maywood. In 1928, after another ten years, the family business rebranded to Otto & Sons.
In 1955, Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s restaurant in Des Plaines, Illinois. However, before he opened it, Kroc had agreed with Arthur and Harry, Kolschowsky’s sons to be the restaurant’s first supplier of fresh ground beef.
After a few years, Kroc bought out McDonald’s and became the Chief Executive Officer of the modern-day corporation. As it took off, Otto & Sons became symbiotically entwined to it. Soon, supplying the ever-increasing number of regional McDonald’s restaurant became Otto & Sons key task.
Sheldon Lavin takes over OSI Group.
In 1975, with plans to expand globally, Otto & Sons brought on Sheldon Lavin as a partner. Lavin had served as its investment consultant in 1970 and played a significant role in its capitalization efforts. In 1977, OSI launched its first facility in West Jordan, Utah. During the late 1970s and 1980s, other facilities followed.
Expansion in the international sector resulted in Sheldon Lavin becoming the CEO and chairman of OSI in the early 1980s. His experience in the banking sector and also as an investor proved CRUCIAL in his management.
OSI Group became ranked on the 2016 Forbes list of largest private companies as #58 with sales of $6.1 billion.
Sheldon Lavin was awarded a Global Visionary Award for bringing OSI Group onto the global scene. Under his leadership, OSI has received a sizable list of environmental and sustainability awards. Lavin hopes to motivate the next crop of leaders to commit themselves to responsibly expanding their companies. Lavin with the aid of his wife managed to raise three children and give back to society while expounding on his career as a leader.
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