OSI Group is a food processing company with its headquarters at Aurora, Illinois. Currently, the company features in the list of the largest privately owned companies in the U.S. The company was launched in 1909 by Otto as a small butcher shop in Chicago. It supplies high-quality meat, bacon, patties, fish, hot dog, poultry and other pork products. The company has also ventured into the fresh produce sector where they supply high-quality organic foods to their customers. Since 1955, OSI Group has always ensured that Americas get the best quality meat in their piece of McDonald’s burger.
A considerable part of OSI Group’s growth can be attributed to the presence of excellent and visionary leadership. Sheldon Lavin joined the company’s management team in 1975, and he has significantly contributed to the company’s current success. Sheldon is the Chairman and the CEO of OSI Industries. Lavin also serves as the president of OSI International Foods Ltd. He is also the director of National Fish and Wildfire Foundation.
Sheldon is a banker who joined Otto & Sons in 1970 as a financial advisor. Mr. Lavin organized financing for the company when he became a managing partner of the firm. He drafted a strategy that would see OSI Group venture into the overseas markets where they opened new processing units. By 1975, McDonald asked Lavin to join the company full time to help the business grow. OSI continued to expand to South America, Taiwan, and Europe. With the increased expansion, Sheldon gained half of the stake in the company.
Sheldon has been honored severally over the years for his exemplary leadership skills. He was at one point honored with the Global Visionary Award. The award honors individuals in various fields who have portrayed perseverance and persistence to turn their dreams into a reality.
In 2011, Sheldon was also honored by the Forbes for helping the company to feature at position 136 among the largest private companies in America. In 2016, OSI group came down to number 58 after posting annual revenues of $6.1 billion.
Currently, OSI controls 100 percent voting rights of OSI Industries. Sheldon, who is now 81 years old, holds several honorary titles and accolades for his outstanding work as the CEO of OSI Group and business innovator. Lavin says that his mission is to grow OSI Industries and eventually dominate the fast food industry in the globe. He also wants OSI industries to set the trend for other food companies.
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