OSI Group Continues Record Expansion Under Sheldon Lavin

The chain of events that led Sheldon Lavin to become CEO of OSI Group began over a hundred years ago, with an immigrant in west Chicago named Otto Kolschowsky. Seeking to make his fortune in the new world, he started a butcher shop called Otto & Sons, which operated as a local butcher shop for many decades. All that changed when they met McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc and became his first supplier of ground beef.

Sheldon Lavin came into the picture in the 1970’s, when Otto Kolschowsky’s two sons brought him on as a partner. In this position, he oversaw the process of turning Otto & Sons into OSI Group. In other words, he was brought on board to help them make the transition from a local company to an international one. Not only did he aggressively grow the production side of the business, he also opened up new operations in Germany, Austria, Spain, Brazil, the United States, Poland, the Philippines, Mexico, China and Taiwan. By the end of the 1990’s they were sitting on one of the biggest companies in the industry.

As production expanded, the demand for their products also expanded with it. Accordingly, they began acquiring smaller companies in order to keep up. Sheldon Lavin, starting in the early 2000’s, began the process by acquiring a Chinese produce company. Next in line was an Australian beef company. Next was an American poultry company in 2006, and also a beef company in Japan.

Perhaps the most lucrative deal he made was with UK-based Pickstock. By partnering with Pickstock, OSI Group was able to significantly expand their operations in Europe. Pickstock, in return, was able to get access to a much larger market and a much wider variety of goods. In Germany, a similar deal with EDEKA was similarly beneficial. EDEKA is a large supermarket chain which needed to improve its supply. In spite of their popularity, they were having trouble Sheldon Lavin getting high quality meat at a good price. OSI Group was more than able to meet their needs, gaining a new marker for themselves in the process.

But Sheldon Lavin didn’t stop there. He continued this expansion at an amazing rate, Sheldon Lavin acquiring a Tyson Foods plant in Chicago for 7.4 million dollars. That one was deemed necessary because of its close proximity to OSI Group’s existing facilities.

At 85 years of age, Mr. Lavin hasn’t slowed down a bit. He is still working to build the company to new heights just as he always has. As the company moves into the future with a green initiative that promises to change everyhing, he will surely remain at the helm of what is now a very big and profitable ship.

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Recent European Expansion and Doubled Chicken Production Will Ensure That OSI Industries Continues To Be Able To Meet and Exceed Customer Expectations:

Aurora, Illinois based meat processing company OSI Industries is a world leader in the supply of the retail and food service industry. The company’s history goes back to 1909 when German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened his family operated meat market in Oak Park, Illinois. The company was originally known as Otto & Sons. The company expanded steadily over the following decades and in 1955, became the supplier of ground beef patties for McDonald’s restaurants. OSI has continued in this capacity to this day as well as being the supplier for KFC. In 1970, Otto & Sons hired financial consultant Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon had a tremendous vision for the company and has grown it into a global powerhouse. The company changed name to OSI Industries in 1975 and today the company operates in 17 countries worldwide.

The company’s expansion continues to date with recent expansion to the European base. Part of this expansion has taken place in Spain where OSI has recently doubled its chicken production capacity. This expanded production capacity has now reached more than 45,000 tons of beef, pork and chicken products. This has been accomplished by the addition of a high-capacity production line in OSI’s facility in Toledo, Spain. The company has made a €17 million investment that has seen production capacity of processed chicken products expand from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons per year. The overall goal of this production expansion is to add new products to the company portfolio and will serve to entice new foodservice and retail customers as well as to supports the continued growth of OSI’s long-standing clients. The company has made a similar expansion recently in the Netherlands with the acquisition of the Dutch company Baho Food. Baho Food is a producer of convenience food, deli meats and snacks. Similar to OSI’s expansion efforts in Spain, the acquisition of Baho Food has strengthened OSI’s portfolio of products and like the situation in Spain has increased the company’s ability to meet and exceed the needs of its customer base. This kind of forward thinking is what has made OSI Industries a global powerhouse in the food industry.

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