Started in Illinois in 1909 as Otto & Sons, a family meat business, OSI Group is currently an 100 plus year-old, international corporation, with a $6 billion dollar value, and approximately 20,000 employees.
Under the senior leadership of CEO, Sheldon Levin, and President and CFO, David McDonald, OSI Group has earned some impressive awards and received impressive distinctions in the food industry. One of OSI Group’s subsidiaries, which is located in the UK, was presented with the Globe of Honour award in December, 2016. This award is handed out to those companies — which are located in the UK — that achieve a high level of excellence concerning environmental safety.
Sheldon Lavin, who is Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of OSI Group, LLC, has been with OSI since 1970, when it was still called Otto & Sons, LLC. Lavin, who is focused on leading OSI’s growth, internationally, has made important strides to gain market share. In addition to Sheldon Lavin’s impressive work résumé, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Lavin also majored in accounting and finance. He attended both the University of Illinois and Northwestern University.
In December, 2016, OSI Group acquired Flagship Europe. Flagship Europe is a subsidiary of the Flagship Food Group that is presently headquartered in Denver, Colorado. Flagship Europe is a foodservice company that is based in the UK. Its portfolio includes pies, mayonnaise, sauces, dressings, sous vide products, and frozen poultry. President of OSI Group, David McDonald, stated that the infusion of Flagship Europe into OSI Group’s consortium of companies will provide a greater market share in Europe for OSI.
In Spain, OSI Group has also added capital for the purpose of doubling its chicken production capacity. The implementation of this high volume production line in the Spanish city of Toledo, has increased this production number from the original 12 thousand tons to 24 thousand tons. Today, OSI Group produces nearly 45 thousand tons of beef, chicken, and pork products.
OSI Group and its subsidiaries offer employment opportunities in the Americas, Europe (Germany, Spain, UK, Hungary, Poland), and in the Asia-Pacific markets. OSI Group states on their website that they firmly believe that their employees drive the company’s success, and that OSI is recognized for their industry-leading innovation. OSI Group is also committed and dedicated to their diverse and inclusive work staff.
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