Sheldon Lavin in the CEO for OSI Group, and he is working to grow the company every day by expanding its operations all over the world and by making a commitment to green innovations. Lavin started out from humble beginnings but worked his way up to head one of the largest food companies in the world. OSI Group has been in existence for more than a century and was created in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky. It originated as a meat market and butcher shop that was based in Chicago named Otto & Sons but expanded into new territory later on with the help of Lavin. In 1955, the company became the supplier for McDonald’s, and in 1973, it dedicated a specific plant to serve the fast food company.
Sheldon Lavin joined forces with OSI group in the 1970’s and partnered with the two sons of Otto Kolschowsky to help them guide their company onto an international playing field. Eventually, during the 1980’s, he helped OSI to expand into Spain, Brazil, Germany, Taiwan, and Austria, and by the 1990’s, it was expanding into China, Poland, the Philippines, and Mexico. During the early 2000’s Sheldon Lavin, along with the rest of the company, worked to aggressively expand the poultry operations of the company and began to purchase facilities that would meet its needs. Part of this effort was to acquire part of an American poultry company in 2006.
Sheldon Lavin brought the company a new kind of energy when he first began his work with OSI Group in the 1970’s. He also brought his expertise as a banking executive and investor with him, and it was him who first began to push for the company to become a global force to be reckoned with. Later on down the road, Lavin came to own half of the voting control and eventually 100 percent of it after the second of the two brothers decided to call it quits. It was his desire at that time to either grow the company or leave, and he decided to stay and expand OSI Group. Instead of plowing ahead without a game plan, Sheldon Lavin began to work on making specific purchases and acquisitions that fit into an overall strategic plan. Today, as he did in the past, Lavin feels that green innovations are important and that it is OSI Groups’s as well as his responsibility to reduce the environmental impact that his company has on the world. This is becoming a part of his new work, and he will surely do a good job taking OSI into a green future.