Sheldon Lavin – An Icon In The Food Processing Industry

Sheldon Lavin is the CEO and the Chairman of OSI Group. OSI group consists of industries such as LLC, and OSI International Foods, OSI International, Inc. OSI has employed over 2000 employees. Since over 45 years ago, Lavin has transformed OSI a small, simple group to a Multinational Organization. His vision has always been that of transforming OSI Industries to be world-class food processing enterprise. He also credits the growth of OSI to his loyal and talented team.

Before joining the meat industry, Sheldon Lavin was a banker who also owned his consulting firm. In 1970, Otto &Sons (Currently OSI Group) Company wanted to build a meat processing facility so as to be supplying meat to McDonald’s. Sheldon Lavin arranged for Otto & Sons to be financed. He started by being having n ownership and later joined as a full employee.

After Sheldon Lavin had joined OSI Group, the company started growing. Today, the Company is represented in America, Europe, South America, Philippines, China, Japan, Australia, South Africa, India, Brazil, and Taiwan. In the 1980s the other two partners of OSI left the Company when one retired, and the other sold all the shares to Levi so that he owned it fully.

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According to Lavin, OSI Group is the largest supplier of meat to McDonald’s system. OSI’s employees and products come first to him. OSI was listed as the 136th Largest Company in America in 2011. In 2016, Sheldon Lavin, its CEO of OSI, was awarded the Global Visionary Award by the world academy in India in recognition of the industries’ accomplishments and perseverance.

Sheldon Lavin is a philanthropist who has been active and contributing to many charity Organizations such as Ronald McDonald House Charities. Inner City Foundation in Chicago, Jewish United Fund, Evan Scholarship Fund, and National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Club of Boys and Girls in Chicago and United Negro College Fund.

Lavin has been in the forefront campaigning for the planet’s health. He has received several awards on environment and sustainability. He hopes to pass his skills and knowledge to the next generation so that they are responsible entrepreneurs who can contribute to global commerce and create job opportunities for others.

Sheldon Lavin is a Married man with three children and four grandchildren. He also considers the employees of OSI Industries as part of his extended family. Sheldon Lavin despite being over 80 years old but continues to manage OSI group of Industries.