Sheldon Lavin is most proud of the working environment that he has been able to create at OSI Group over the years. He initially became involved with the company in the early 70s. Lavin was only an advisor. He gave financial advice to organizations who were looking to expand their operations. Otto and Sons was a well-established meat manufacturer in the Midwest. They had a working relationship with the McDonald’s corporation that had been growing over the years.
Sheldon Lavin was recommended by the bank to oversee an opportunity that was presented to Otto and Sons by the McDonald’s Corporation. Lavin reluctantly agreed. He demanded that if he were to be directly involved with the operations of the business that he would have equal say in the decision-making process. Over time Sheldon Lavin’s involvement with Otto and Sons proved to be the needed ingredient to push the company forward.
Otto and Sons had a unique opportunity to build a plant that catered to the specific needs of the growing McDonald’s Corporation. Lavin was again tasked to oversee the funding of this evolution. At this point he was requested by McDonald’s to become directly involved as a partner at Otto and Sons. Lavin agreed out of respect for his business dealings with McDonald’s. His influence pushed Otto and Sons across the nation and eventually to an international level.
Sheldon Lavin took over decision making duties of Otto and Sons after one of the original partners decided sell out. At this point the company became known as OSI Industries. OSI Industries continues to push its global brand. After the last remaining partner retired Lavin gain full control of OSI group.
OSI Group has now expanded its interest throughout North and South America as well as Europe. The company operates 65 factories in more than 17 different countries. The Philippines, Australia, China, Japan and India are all centers of influence for OSI Group. The company has strengthened its European influence by making acquisitions of established local food industry operators that offer a different skill-set within the market. Baho Foods and Flagship Food Group were acquired to help OSI Group develop a diverse marketing plan for the European region. Each of these companies have subsidiary companies that focus on specific areas of food manufacturing such as sauces, sandwich fillings and dressings. For more info about us: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheldon-lavin-a325b98 click here.
Sheldon Lavin is in his 80s and is still directly involved in the day-to-day operations at OSI Group.