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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The Achievements Story of the Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group of Companies; Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin is the current Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group who has engaged in the meat supply business for over 43 years. He actively became involved with the group in the 1970s when the company was in need of financing to construct a facility that can process and expand the meat they supplied to McDonald’s. From then, Sheldon has been able to manage to transform OSI Group to a worldwide food product supplier, operating in over 17 countries.

Career Background

Sheldon began his career at OSI Group working as a consultant. He later got a partnership with the company in 1975 and widened their services into Europe, Asia, and South America. In fact, by early 1980s, he purchased an Interest and managed to take over OSI Group. With his good leadership, Sheldon introduced a very unique culture in the company, whereby employees are given equal treatments to the global family. In the previous days, he worked in the banking and finance service sector.

Charity participation

Sheldon has a big heart and is very active in contributions to charities that evidently prove his philanthropy. The most known charity foundations he has contributed to are the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, Jewish United Fund, United Negra College Fund, McDonald House Charities, and many more other charity foundations. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin receives Global Visionary Award.

The awards Sheldon Lavin and OSI Group have received

Since Sheldon Lavin took over the Chief Executive Officer’s seat at OSI Group, he and the company have received a lot of different awards. Some of the awards are about safety risks and environmental and health management. These awards include the Globe of Honor, awarded to OSI in 2016. This award recognized Sheldon Lavin’s efforts in which he positioned OSI Group to the global platform and created jobs for the unemployed worldwide. After receiving the Globe of Honor award, Sheldon later got the Global Visionary award. Sheldon still got many other awards for participating in some other services that include the President and Director of the Sheba Foundation, Trustee for Ronald, Board member of the Goodman Theatre, McDonald House of Charities, and Rush University Medical Centre Board Member.

Being the Chairman and still the Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin has a very extreme high profile in the meat and production industry. He is currently serving as the President of OSI Group.

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OSI Group’s sustainability plan under David McDonald

Located in Aurora, Illinois, OSI Group is a company that supplies value-added added products such as beef patties and sausage link as well as pizza and sandwiches to the largest food outlets globally. OSI group serves famous brands like Starbucks, McDonald’s, Yum, Subway, and Burger King among others. The Company has over 60 businesses in seventeen countries. For some years, the company has been operating in China and with eight food processing factories. OSI Group is building two new facilities in China which will make the company the largest poultry producer in the Asian Country. OSI Group President and also Chief Operations Officer, David McDonald is satisfied that the company has made tremendous steps when it comes to poultry production within the Chinese market.

David McDonald believes that some of the notable improvements made by the OSI Group are in both the production and processing departments. The improvements include the launching of the new modern mill located in Shandong Province. In India, OSI group has launched a new frozen foods processing plant and in Poland, the company has launched a new beef processing factory. The company has also established new markets such as Hungary and Geneva. OSI Group boasts of adequate experience in reference to consumer taste, cultural nuances, government regulations, and talent pool. By making use of the experience, OSI Group has been able to provide its clients with high-quality products and services.

Besides serving as the Chief Operating Officer, David McDonald is also a member of the board of directors. David McDonald has been instrumental in creating a global network comprising of the in-house firms and teams all over the globe. Mr. McDonald has ensured that the management teams in each region have a clear understanding of the local consumers’ cultures and tastes.

David McDonald serves as the chairman of the North American Meat Institute. He has also been serving Marfrig Global Foods S.A as an independent director since late 2008 when the OSI Group’s plants in Brazil and Europe were acquired by the company. David McDonald earned a degree in Animal science from Lowa State University.

The company is concerned with the effects of their business activities to the world. David McDonald, as both the president and Chief Operating Officer at OSI Group, has strived to make sure that the company maintains a sustainable and positive relationship with the environments, communities, and people they come in contact with.

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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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