Sheldon Lavin’s Unlikely Career in the Meat Industry

When Sheldon Lavin was a young man figuring out what he wanted to do with his life he would of scoffed at the idea of having a career in the meat industry. Especially when you take in consideration that he had a successful career as an investor. With that being said, he has been helping to set the standard in the meat industry for more than 40 years.

He is the current CEO and Chairman of the Osi Group, a privately owned meat processing company. He first became involved with the company as a financial consultant. When he took over as leader of the company its only claim to fame was that it supplied meat to McDonalds in the Illinois area. Today, it is a worldwide supplier of food products.

When Lavin began consulting for OSI in the early 1970’s it was still called Otto & Sons. He was crucial in the company’s ability to secure funding in order to reach its goal of becoming the Midwest supplier of hamburgers to McDonalds Corporation. In addition, the company was trying to build a meat processing facility. Over time Lavin became more and more involved with the company. Eventually he took an ownership position with Otto & Sons partnering with the two sons after their father passed.

Once Lavin was fully committed to OSI it began looking into the prospect of taking its services overseas. Throughout the 1970’s and 1980’s it expanded its reach to include most of North America, Europe, South America, and Taiwan. Around the time OSI was expanding Lavin gained half of the controlling interest in the company. Lavin continued to grow the company expanded into parts of China, Australia, and Japan. OSI now has facilities in over 15 countries. In 2016 OSI was awarded the Globe of Honor Award by the British Safety Council.

Sheldon Lavin is no stranger to receiving awards as well. He was the fifth recipient of the Global Visionary Award. It is an award given out by India’s Vision World Academy to visionaries in various fields. Lavin possesses a degree in accounting and finance.

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