OSI Group, LLC has made several achievements in the meat processing industry which can partly be owed to its current CEO and Chairman Sheldon Lavin as most are seen under his leadership. Sheldon Lavin is also affiliated with Oakland Foods LLC, OSI International Foods Ltd, and OSI Industries LLC. Sheldon Lavin joined the group when it was known by the name Otto & Sons after it had been founded by Otto Kolschowsky in 1909. He served in the company as a financial manager. At the time when the firm had a deal with McDonald’s restaurants as a meat supplier, Sheldon secured a contract with Otto & Sons when it had insufficient funds.
The bank requested Lavin to become a business partner in the company, but he declined and remained a financial consultant for the company. In 1975, Sheldon oversaw the expansion of the company and got involved with it continued until he became a partner alongside the two sons when their father retired. The company therefore changed from the name Otto & Sons to become OSI Group, LLC. Sheldon received the first half of the ownership of the company when one of the two brothers sold his interest. Later, Sheldon received full ownership when the second brother retired.
Lavin planned several joint ventures such as the one with Pickstock in the United Kingdom to allow his company to distribute beef throughout Europe. OSI Group has also acquired the Tyson production plant under his leadership which has provided an abundant amount of storage covering about 200,000 square feet. OSI Group LLC continues its expansion and is currently in seventeen countries and with more than seventy facilities. It also produces from meat products to some sauces, vegetable and baked goods. The company now has over 20,000 employees all around the world. Sheldon shares that the company’s success is due to the knowledge that each employee adds to the company.
Lavin maintains great levels of responsibility and discipline to run such an organization. In a recent interview, Sheldon mentioned that OSI Group is all about a family culture where everyone’s opinion is listened to and taken into consideration. He is also passionate about giving back to the society thus his involvement with Ronald McDonald House Charities among other charity organizations. At the age of eighty-five, Sheldon still focuses on the continued expansion of his company across the world. Sheldon has also received several awards such as World’s Visionary Prize from the Vision World Academy of India for his great innovations.