Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of OSI Group which is a food processing company with its headquarters in Chicago. The company was established in 1909 by an immigrant from Germany and named Otto & Sons. it survived the first and the second world war and in 1955 was selected to McDonalds Ground beef supplier. McDonald’s was still a young company just beginning to expand through selling franchises in different parts of the country. This partnership was great for OSI group as McDonald’s expanded really fast and soon the company required to build one facility that would only supply them.
It was while they were looking to expand and build the facility dedicated to McDonald that they came into contact with Sheldon Lavin who at the time ran a financial consulting firm. He says that he saw promise in the company and got them the funding that they needed. The company quickly expanded and in 1975 he joined the company and it changed its name to OSI Group. He was able to guide the company and make it even more profitable. OSI Group expanded into Latin America in 1982 than in 1993 they entered the European market with a facility in Hungary.
The company has expanded through partnerships, acquisitions and joint ventures since Sheldon Lavin became part of its leadership. They established joint ventures in the Philippines, Taiwan, and China. They also acquired Moy Park in the United Kingdom, Amick Farms in the United States and Baho Foods in Denmark. The company has also established facilities in China, Japan, and Spain. The company has established a number of Culinary centers where they engage in food research and development with the plan to produce the very best for clients.
Even with the success, the company has gained through expansion the company under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership is intent on using methods that ensure food sustainability. He has ensured that decisions made by the company management are guided by sustainability. The company has received a number of awards in recognition of their sustainable and eco-friendly practices.
About Sheldon Lavin
Sheldon is 86 years old. He attended the Roosevelt University for his business degree. He supports the Sheba Foundation among other charitable organizations.
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