OSI Group’s Sheldon Lavin Honored With The Global Visionary Award

When Sheldon Lavin first heard of Otto & Sons, the company was striving to grow. The company was looking to expand nationally and needed money. It was the 1970s and Lavin had given up his career as a banker to focus on investing and running his accounting firm. Sheldon Lavin saw potential in the Illinois based meat processing company and used his banking industry contacts to get Otto & Sons the financing they needed to get new equipment and move into a larger facility. Lavin also began buying up stock in the company. When the original owners of Otto & Sons retired in the later 1970s, Sheldon Lavin purchased the company and changed its name to the OSI Group.

Sheldon Lavin immediately began crafting a plan for the OSI Group to expand globally. He also worked to maintain a family atmosphere among the staff and created a set of worker safety rules and a benefits package that ensured they and their loved ones would benefit from the company’s growth. Lavin also instituted a series of systems to ensure food safety and environmental stewardship at the OSI Group’s facilities. Lavin also assembled a top-notch management team able to handle technical issues, create innovative new products and negotiate with foreign governments and international suppliers. Sheldon Lavin then began expanding globally.

These days the former Chicago area meat market now provides dough, meat, fish, poultry and vegetable products for consumers in 85 countries. Under Lavin’s leadership, the OSI Group has built 70 food processing plants in 17 countries throughout the United States, Asia, Australia, Europe, Brazil and Mexico. The company has 10 poultry processing facilities in China and provides a variety of products for McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Starbuck’s, Subway and other Western fast food companies doing business there. Sheldon Lavin has also made a major expansion effort into Europe.

Ever since he first became aware of the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin envisioned great things for the company. Now, the company is one of America’s top 100 businesses and is an award-winning global food processing giant. Through his meticulous planning and excellent management, Lavin has made his vision for the OSI Group become a reality. And the octogenarian still supports charitable organizations and spends generous amounts of time with his children and grandchildren. Recently the Vision Institute gave Sheldon Lavin their Global Visionary award for the work he has done with the OSI Group.


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