OSI Group has a long-running tradition of success in the food manufacturing industry. It has an international workforce that spans across several different countries. OSI has maintained status for decades after originally beginning as a family-owned organization in the early 1900’s. Sheldon Lavin began his relationship with the local Chicago business in the 1950’s. The company was then known as Otto and Sons. Lavin did not have a background in food manufacturing. However, he was poised to make a major impact on the company and the industry for years to come.
Sheldon Lavin began his relationship with Otto and Sons when the meat manufacturer was discovered by the McDonald’s Corporation. Otto and Sons had a chance to be the sole provider of meat for McDonald’s, which was spreading its franchises across the country. McDonald’s decided that Otto and Sons was the best option for further growth. The new contract also presented the opportunity to build a state of the art meat processing plant. Otto and Sons did not have the finances to take on such a challenge. Sheldon was asked to get involved as a financial supervisor of the operation.
Lavin initially began as a consultant on the project. However, his role grew over time as McDonald’s requested that his presence be more part of the operation. Lavin agreed to become a partner with Otto and Sons as long as he was allowed to have the same decision-making powers as the rest of the partners. The original founders agreed and Sheldon Lavin became a full-time investor in Otto and Sons.
Over the years the original investors of Otto and Sons began to settle into retirement. Lavin stayed on with the company and gained full control by the 1960’s. He pushed the corporate interest of the organization to international levels. Otto and Sons then became known as OSI Group.
OSI Group is consistently growing under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin. The company has won several different awards due to its decision-making and key acquisitions over the years. Sheldon Lavin understands the importance of creating opportunities for his clients and his staff. Lavin and his leadership are most proud of the fact that OSI Group has a very low turnover rate among employees.
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