How Sheldon Lavin led to the growth of OSI Group

OSI Industries is the biggest food processing company on the globe. It is a company that was started by a German immigrant in Chicago. The Germans immigrant was known as Otto Koschowsky. He started this company as a small butcher shop which grew up over time to become the biggest food company in the word. Today, OSI Group is ranked among the largest private companies in the United States. It is ranked in the top 100 private companies. The growth of the company has been made possible by the contribution of the leadership led by CEO Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon Lavin has been part of the company for the last four decades, and he has seen the company grow from one client to having multiple high-value clients in different parts of the world.

OSI Industries gained momentum in its growth in the mid-20th century after signing a deal with McDonalds’s which had just been launched at the time. OSI Industries, then known as Otto & Sons was contracted to supply beef products. As it would transpire, McDonald’s was growing rapidly forcing Otto & Sons to increase the production of meat products. As McDonald’s expanded, OSI Industries was also expanding to meet the huge demand that was coming from the McDonalds. When McDonald’s went international, OSI followed suit and more

In 1975, OSI Industries brought Sheldon Lavin as an equal partner in the business so that he could help in pushing the company in the international arena. He was made chairman and CEO Company due to the role he was playing in management. Sheldon has seen the company grow a small business into a top company globally. When he was joining the company, they only had one client who was the McDonalds. They only had one small production plant that was serving production of food products for the McDonald’s.

After the entry of Sheldon Lavin, everything changed. The company moved internationally and started exploring other opportunities that were available in the industry. OSI Industries no longer depended on one client. Today, the company has a presence in 17 countries and has plants in 65 different locations. Its food products are being consumed all over the world. The growth of this company is a direct input of Sheldon Lavin who gave his all in ensuring that the company was performing well. In recent years, the expansion of the company has been in top gear with the company acquiring a number of companies in Europe.

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