Sheldon Lavin is the chief operating officer of the internationally-known food processing company the OSI Group. He took control of the company over 40 years ago. Prior to that Lavin had a successful banking career before turning his attention to starting a financial services company. He had studied accounting and finance in college, so the financial services firm gave him the opportunity to combine the use of his college education with the banking experience he gained to build a lucrative company. It was through that firm Sheldon Lavin first heard about the OSI Group.
Originally founded as a family-owned butcher shop and meat market by Otto Kolschowsky in 1909, the company was called Otto & Sons when they first contacted Lavin in 1973. Otto & Sons was being run by the sons of the founder and they wanted money to get new equipment and move into larger facilities. Sheldon Lavin immediately saw the potential the company possessed. He got them the money they needed to expand and became a major stockholder in the company. By the late 1970s, the owners retired, the company’s name was changed to the OSI Group and Sheldon Lavin was the owner and CEO.
Lavin immediately created an innovative, aggressive expansion plan for the company. When he took control of the OSI Group, their biggest contract was providing ground beef for the McDonald’s franchise all over the U.S. The company also provided private label meats for restaurants and supermarkets. Sheldon Lavin was determined to make the company a global entity. By 1990, the OSI Group was serving customers in Germany, Spain, Brazil, Taiwan, Austria, the Philippines and Mexico. And Sheldon Lavin was just getting started.
In 1992, Sheldon Lavin opened an OSI Group poultry processing facility in China. Today Lavin has 10 such facilities in China and is the country’s largest poultry processor. Lavin also took the OSI Group into Hungary, Poland, India, Australia and the UK. Sheldon Lavin also built or bought meat processing facilities throughout the United States and expanded the company’s product line to include bacon, hot dogs, pizza and sausages. Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, the OSI Group now has more than 70 food processing facilities in 17 countries and customers in 85 countries.
In 2016, the Vision Institute named Sheldon Lavin ‘Visionary of the Year’ for his tenacious work in the OSI Group into a juggernaut in the global food services industry.
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