Sheldon Lavin is a man who came from a humble beginning to become the leader of one of the biggest companies in the world known as OSI Group. OSI is a company with an impressive history of about 100 years. It was founded by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant living in Chicago in 1909. It started as a butcher shop before it grew into a wholesale meat market known as Otto & Sons. Today. OSI is found in 17 countries and has built over 65 production plants in different parts of the world. Mr. Lavin is banking on sustainability, food safety, and green practices to drive growth in the company. He is focused on methods that will boost food production further in coming days.
Growth for Otto & Sons started when McDonald’s opened its first restaurant in Illinois. They contracted Otto & Sons to supply hamburgers. The demand for products from McDonald’s was huge, and they were forced to build a facility that would produce food for McDonald’s only. Sheldon Lavin joined this company around that time and took business growth for the company further up. He had experienced in managing financial operations and was, therefore, the right person to help the business at the most important hour of need.
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, the company started growing its operation to more places around the world. They opened operations in Germany, Taiwan, Brazil and other countries. The growth was rapid and resulted in the company gaining international recognition. In the past couple of years, there has been a number of moves that Sheldon has taken to improve the company.
There was an expansion of the local operations of the company when it acquired a facility located in Chicago that was formerly owned by Tyson Foods. The facility is one of the largest in the country and is now helping the company to produce enough products to feed the whole of the North American market.
There was the acquisition of another food company in Europe known as Baho Foods. It was followed up with an acquisition of another known as Flagship Europe which has since been renamed Creative Foods. These are part of the efforts to increase the market for OSI. It has increased food production in some of its plants such as the plant in Toledo.
Sheldon Lavin has over four decades at OSI Group. He has been driving the company to success with the experience he had acquired in the banking industry. When he was joining the company, he was part of a three-person team. Two of the partners left at different times, and he was left as the overall leader of the OSI Group.