Sheldon Lavin; the figure behind the success of OSI Industries

OSI Group is a well-known manufacturer and supplier of high-quality food products. The company was established close to hundred years ago as a small shop by a Chicago butcher. OSI group has now grown to become a giant manufacturer of food products where it supplies its products to most of the established fast food brands in the world.

The company was initially known as Otto&Sons but later rebranded to OSI in the early 1970s. By the time it was opening its doors to the public, OSI Industries had only a handful of employees. However, with the continued expansion to new markets, OSI Group increased its workforce to cater for the growing needs.

Currently, OSI Industries has a workforce of over 20,000 people working in their facilities in different parts of the globe. The man behind OSI Group’s ambitious expansions is non-other than Sheldon Lavin. Sheldon is a banker who initially joined OSI as a financial advisor to the company’s management team. He then went on to acquire the company and embarked on an ambitious expansion strategy which seems to bear fruits.

OSI Group has one of the highest employee retention rates compared to other privately owned companies in the country. Sheldon has maintained the culture of the company throughout the years where the company has remained family oriented. Every employee joining OSI Group is welcome to a family oriented business that makes them feel at home. Sheldon believes that this is one of the reasons why the employee retention rate is high in the company.

Sheldon was a banker before joining the food industry. He launched his career in the food sector in 1970 when he organized financing for Otto&Sons as it was formerly known. Sheldon became a partner when Otto Kolschowsky, the founder of Otto&Sons retired leaving Sheldon and his two sons to manage the company. For more info about us: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheldon-lavin-a325b98 click here.

Throughout the 1970s, Sheldon explored new markets in North America, Europe, India and Pacific Asia where the company established new processing units. The company continued to expand to South America and Taiwan in the 1980s.

More retirements in the OSI Group eventually resulted to Sheldon acquiring 100% control in the company and he resolved to make OSI Group the largest food manufacturer and supplier in the world. True to his word, OSI Group has more than 70 facilities in 17 different countries across the globe.

Sheldon notes that his vision is to continue expanding the company to other parts of the world and eventually lead the pack in food processing and supplies. He has received several accolades including the coveted Global Visionary Award.

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