How Sheldon Lavin Steered OSI Group To Global Prominence

Sheldon Lavin heads the OSI Group which has a fascinating history that began from over 100 years ago. The company was started in the year 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky. It was just a small butchery in Chicago named Otto & Sons, USA. Today what started as a butcher shop has a global presence with partners all over the world. As the CEO of this company, Sheldon Lavin has maintained focus on food safety, environmentally friendly processing practices and sustainability. The growth of OSI has led to it making several acquisitions. Sheldon Lavin has managed to expand OSI Group using strategic methods focused on the market.

In 1955 Sheldon Lavin who was then working in the finance industry first got involved with Otto & Sons. The small company had been chosen as a hamburger supplier for McDonald, and Sheldon Lavin was arranging for financing from a bank to enable the company builds a meat processing plant. During this financial arrangement, the bank was of the opinion that Sheldon Lavin becomes a partner with Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons opened their hamburger plant in 1973 and became the official supplier of Hamburgers for McDonald in the Midwest. Sheldon Lavin was by this time one of the partners alongside the two sons of Otto Kolschowsky and helped the company steer into international markets by focusing on overseas engagements as McDonald’s also rapidly grew. Otto & Sons became OSI Group in 1975.

The 1980s saw the OSI Group expand to other continents and beef up its production by opening two new plants in the US. The company made an entrance into Austria, Taiwan, Spain, Germany and Brazil. The expansion continued well into the 1990s to set up in new markets in Mexico, China, the Philippines and Poland. Sheldon Lavin had by this time took the helm at OSI and was steering this expansion.

In the 2000s, because of aggressive market changes, Sheldon Lavin led the OSI group into the poultry business. It also started acquisitions and the first was in China’s fresh produce market and another beef company acquisition in Australia marked the entrance of OSI Group into the country. Due to demand, OSI Group made another purchase in a poultry company in the USA in 2006. In 2010 OSI Group opened a beef production company in Japan. The next years after 2010 saw the entry into China and Canada. The production in the USA also grew exponentially with the opening of more plants. In 2016, Vision World Academy awarded Sheldon Lavin’s work in expanding the OSI Group to a global status.

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