Mr. Sheldon Lavin began from a humble background to become the Chief Executive Officer of one of the world’s leading food processing companies. Over time, OSI Group has built an impressive profile that is dated 100 years back. Otto Kolschowsky started OSI Group in 1909 as a butter shop and meat market. Today, it has grown to become one of the world’s leading food processing plants with over 60 facilities and partners all over the world. With a focus on sustainability and green practices, Mr. Sheldon Lavin continues to use strategic market-oriented approaches to push OSI Group onto the international scene.
OSI Group’s growth started in 1995 after becoming the first supplier of hamburgers to McDonald’s. In 1973, it opened a processing plant that would serve McDonald’s. Afterward, Sheldon Lavin was incorporated as the firm’s managing partner following the retirement of Otto Kolschowsky. As McDonald’s continued rapid growth, Mr. Lavin helped steer OSI Group into the global market. Otto & Sons Company changed rebranded to OSI Group in 1975. As of the 1980s, OSI Group had already expanded to Brazil, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, and Spain. Later on, it opened two processing facilities in the United States. In the early 1990s, OSI Group began new facilities in China, Poland, Mexico, and the Philippines while beefing up its operations in the United States.
Upon the arrival of the new millennium, OSI Group launched an aggressive expansion of its poultry operations in different countries. OSI Group launched its acquisition plan in the 2000s after breaking into the fresh produce market in China. An acquisition in Australia brought OSI Group into Australia’s beef industry. In 2006, OSI Group acquired a stake in a US-based poultry firm to meet the needs of its growing clientele base. In 2010, OSI Group entered into the Japanese beef industry by opening a beef production company. OSI Group continues to open new facilities in Canada and India while beefing up its operations in the United States.
Mr. Sheldon Lavin has been working at OSI Group for the past 43 years. Upon his arrival in 1970, Mr. Lavin brought a drive to succeed along with his extensive experience in investment and banking industry. His relentless efforts helped push OSI Group onto the international scene and success in the late 1970s. At 85 years of age, Mr. Lavin seems not to be slowing down. He continues to promote sustainability and green practices to improve the living standards of the surrounding communities.
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