OSI Industries are taking over the Food Industry

OSI Industries has made a name for itself as a giant in the food sector. The organization is a proud employer of over twenty thousand skilled and non-skilled workers having existed since the 19th century. OSI Industries has branches in over sixty- five different countries across the globe. The company has risen from a humble family business into a multimillion-dollar company engrossed in the ever-growing global economy. The company was established through the resilience of one German immigrant in the early 19th century. Mr. Otto Kolchowsky who is the proud founder of the company first named it Otto and Sons. The company was first set in Chicago, Illinois as a way for Otto’s family to make ends meet. It was at the time a small retail meat shop that served area residents at the time. The business quickly blossomed and after just a decade became a wholesale supplier.

The company then partnered with a small restaurant at the time which grew over the years to be known as the McDonalds franchise. Otto’s sons purchased a stake in the restaurant thereby ensuring the continuous supply of their company’s meat to the McDonald’s restaurant. Two decades after the transition, the companies focus was the provision of the restaurant food products thereby ensuring that their clientele had a consistent supply of quality product. As technological advancement in storage was made such as the introduction of the use of liquid nitrogen in the storage of meat, the transportation of the products over long distances became both more accessible and cheaper. This meant the eventual expansion of the company into new untapped markets.

The growth of the two partnering conglomerates led to the construction of a state-of-the-art food processing plant in Chicago with the sole intention of fortifying the McDonald’s supply line. The vast expansion of the McDonalds restaurant necessitated the consolidation of resources while also applying focus and energy to the development of new plants. In the years that followed, OSI Industries set up several plants across the country. OSI group crossed into the global market firmly behind the McDonalds restaurant. This fortified its reputation as a globally accredited food processor and distributor. The partnership first entered the Spanish and Dutch markets.

Proper management and relentless devotion of the company’s CEO Sheldon Lavin was the key towards the company’s vast expansion. Each development phase meant a new milestone crossed for the company that began just as a family company.

From Financial Adviser to CEO, Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin worked as a financial adviser in the banking industry as well as owning a consulting firm. A small family owned company, Otto & Sons, was given an opportunity to become the supplier of McDonald’s in the early 1970s but was not financially capable of delivering. Sheldon was brought in as a financial adviser to help the company expand. By 1975, he had gone beyond financial adviser and was helping Otto & Sons to expand their business internationally.

Sheldon Lavin was made a partner when the father retired and soon began working full time. With the father retired and a new partner in place, the company name was changed from Otto & Sons to OSI Group. The small family owned business expanded into a broader market becoming the supplier of infamous restaurants, including McDonald’s. OSI Group expanded throughout North America and then into Europe in the 1970s. In the 1980s, it further expanded into South America and Taiwan and later into a total of 17 countries, including such places as the Philippines, China, South Africa, Japan, and Australia.

OSI Group now operates more than 65 facilities throughout the 17 countries and employs approximately 20,000 people. Sheldon credits family-oriented atmosphere as the driving factor in the low employee turnover rate. He eventually purchased the controlling interest in OSI Group and changed the image of meat and the meat processing industry. Sheldon Lavin now serves as Chief Executive Officer, or CEO, of OSI Group and retains controlling interest.

The Global Visionary Award was presented to Sheldon Lavin at a ceremony in February, 2016 by the Vision World Academy of India. This award is designated to recognize visionaries who have achieved their dreams through persistence and perseverance. Sheldon credits the people around him with helping to achieve this success. He says teamwork and a collaborative effort is what makes the company successful. Sheldon Lavin also is involved in numerous charitable organizations which help to provide for the basic needs of families who struggle with chronic illnesses.

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