Sheldon Lavin is a unique character in the meat industry. He began his career over 43 years ago. Lavin was a successful investor and worked in the banking industry. He also owned a financial consulting firm. Sheldon Lavin became the unlikely CEO of OSI Group. Under his leadership the company evolved from a McDonald’s burger supplier to providing food products to various food industries around the world. OSI Group employs tens of thousands of workers. Lavin prides himself on the culture that he has created at OSI.
Sheldon Lavin’s involvement with OSI Group and the food manufacturing industry began in 1970. OSI was then known as Otto and Sons. The company was presented with an opportunity to build a large meat manufacturing facility in the Midwest and become one of the primary suppliers of burgers to McDonald’s. Investors wanted Lavin to be involved in the process. He came on as a consultant. Levin made an agreement with Kolschowsky family. The agreement assured him that if he ever decided to be an official partner, he would have equal ownership within the company.
Over the years Lavin became more influential at Otto and Sons. He established a partnership with the two sons as the original founder of Otto and Sons settled into retirement. McDonald’s had a great relationship with Sheldon Lavin and requested that he come in to the business full time. Lavin agreed. Otto and Sons eventually became OSI Group and Sheldon Lavin involved into running the company full-time.
OSI Group expanded throughout North America and into Europe. South America and Taiwan soon followed. At this point Sheldon Lavin was controlling half of OSI Group after original partners began to sell out. Eventually he gained full control of the company. OSI Group grew into South America, Taiwan, Philippines, China, Australia, South Africa, India and Japan.
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