Sheldon Lavin serves as the CEO of OSI Group, a premier meat, and food processing company. Other companies that are under OSI Group include OSI Industries and OSI International Foods. Sheldon Lavin joined the food industry as an outsider but eventually managed to carve a niche for himself. He began his career 43 years ago in the Banking industry. He owned a Finance consulting firm that organized capital for companies and also used his expertise to guide companies on how to increase their revenues.
Sheldon joined the food industry in 1970 when he organized financing for Otto and Sons Company. Otto & Sons Company had huge chances of excelling, but they were faced with a lot of financial challenges. Otto & Sons then approached Mr. Sheldon to seek for a solution. Sheldon Lavin organized financing for the company from a local bank that requested him to take ownership of Otto & Sons Company before they could lend out the money. Sheldon declined the request of taking ownership of the company and opted to remain a financial consultant for the company.
In 1975, Sheldon became actively involved in Otto & Sons when the company’s management began looking for investment overseas. Sheldon came on board and offered his financial expertise that saw the company grow to one of the biggest Midwest suppliers of meat products to the McDonald’s Corporation. He became a managing partner when Otto decided to retire from the company leaving his sons to run the business.
OSI Industries has cemented its presence locally by expanding their production capacity to serve a broader market. The company recently acquired the former Tyson Foods, a food processing facility in Chicago that was almost closing down. The company has continued to expand to other parts of the globe such as Europe where they recently acquired Flagship Europe and Baho Foods. OSI Industries is also opening food processing facilities in North America, South Africa, Australia, Japan, India, the Philippines and South Africa.
Sheldon Lavin, now 81 is still pursuing further expansion of OSI Group to penetrate new markets. The company is determined to set standards for other food processing companies to follow. Currently, OSI Group is considered as the most prominent supplier of protein in the world. They now have more than 55 food processing facilities that are located in 17 different companies. The company continues to acquire other food processing and supplying facilities that will help them to serve larger markets.
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