OSI Group is an international meat processor. The company offers its products to various foodservice and retail brands. OSI Group has over 65 facilities and a large workforce of 20,000 employees. The subsidiaries of the corporation are OSI International, Inc., OSI Industries, LLC, and OSI International Foods. The company has experienced tremendous growth under the transformative leadership of Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group’s CEO. Sheldon is credited for enhancing the company’s green practices, sustainability, and food safety. He has played a pivotal role in ensuring that the company has a competitive edge in the international market. OSI Group has managed to expand its operations to different countries through strategic acquisitions. Some of the companies that have been acquired by OSI Group are Tyson, UK Flagship Europe, Baho Food and Hynek Schlachthof GmbH.
About Sheldon Lavin
Sheldon Lavin has achieved much success in the food industry. However, he started his career in the financial industry. The shrewd entrepreneur was a successful investor and an executive in the banking industry. He provided companies with professional advice through his financial consulting firm. Sheldon’s engagement with OSI Group, initially Otto & Sons, started when he arranged financing for the company. Soon after, he became a partner with equal leverage. After the father (Otto) retired from the business, its management was left to Sheldon and the two sons. Otto & Sons supplied hamburger to McDonald’s Corporation in the Midwest. Sheldon became more involved with the company’s affairs towards the end of 1970s when he was requested by McDonald’s to enhance the company’s operations to keep up with the demands of the consumers. Sheldon succeeded in expanding the company’s operations across North America, Europe, and later, South America and Taiwan. The accomplished businessman assumed half of the controlling interests of Otto& Sons in the early 1980s when one son sold out. When the other son retired, Sheldon gained full control of the company.
Since then, Sheldon Lavin has focused on expanding OSI Group’s operations to other markets like Australia, India, Japan and South Africa. Their presence in Europe and Brazil has also been solidified, courtesy of Sheldon’s undying determination. Besides his corporate duties, Mr. Lavin participates in community initiatives. The philanthropist supports several non-profit organizations, including Ronald McDonald House Charities, Jewish United Fund, Evans Scholarship Fund, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, and United Negro College Fund and many other national and local charities. The 81-year old executive is a board member of Goodman Theatre and Rush University. Moreover, he serves as the president and director of the Sheba Foundation.