Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group in 1975 when the name was Otto &Sons. He would join the company after being urged by a major client. McDonald’s urged Lavin to make a commitment to Otto & Sons as the company grew. The company has been in the food processing industry for nearly 100 years. The company was started as a butcher shop by Otto Kolschowsky in the early 1900s. The company employs over 20,000 people in 17 different locations globally. The company served as a regional supplier of McDonald’s restaurants.
Sheldon Lavin would be at Otto & Sons when the name changed to OSI Industries in 1975. The company would open its’ first facility outside of Chicago, Illinois in 1977 when it opened a facility in West Jordan, Utah. The company would expand into Germany in 1978 and Spain in 1980. Lavin has been able to lead the company to become a very large private company. OSI Group is considered to be the 58th largest private company according to the Forbes List. The company generates revenue that surpassed $6 billion in 2016. Join and Connect linkedin to see Sheldon Lavin’s full profile.
Sheldon Lavin led the company to create a joint venture with K&K Foods in 1987. K&K Foods is located in Taiwan and joint venture. It would be the first step for OSI Asia-Pacific. Three years later a company in the Philippines would form a joint venture with OSI in 1990. The company would create a presence in China and growth would be influenced by China World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001.
Sheldon Lavin also served other customers such as Yum and Starbucks. The work at OSI Group has led Lavin to win the Global Visionary Award in 2016. Sheldon Lavin won the award because he was able to achieve the goals he set. He has been able to take lead a butcher shop to become a global corporation that is worth billions of dollars. OSI-Vista Processed Foods is a food processing company that joined the OSI Group in 1995. The company has been able to help OSI Group serve other parts of the food industry. OSI Group would also add a frozen food business to its growing corporation.