Ambitious and Innovative Expansion Plans by Sheldon Lavin, CEO of OSI Group

The OSI Group, previously known as, Otto & Sons, is the creative masterpiece of Otto Kolschowsky, an American of German descent. As of 2017, the company has secured tentative meat supply tenders from the biggest stake players in the food and hotel industry, like McDonald and KFC. OSI’s CEO is the award-winning business executive and leader called Sheldon Lavin. Here’s a recap of a French Tribune article where CEO, Sheldon Lavin opened up on his career trajectory and the green innovations adopted by his company as it expands.

In the interview, it becomes clear that the OSI Group had it really rough in the first three decades of opening. The prospects of the OSI Group changed drastically, however, when the meat supplier landed an exclusive and long-term contract to supply McDonald with meat and meat products in the mid-fifties. Two decades later, the OSI Group had exponentially scaled up its operations to now own a meat processing plant in the state.

Sheldon joined the OSI Group in the mid-seventies and he’s credited with introducing the revolutionary processed food preservation method that utilized nitrogen gas as opposed to the commonly used, carbon freezing method. Otto & Sons officially changed its name to the OSI Group in 1975 to reflect its newfound stature as a global entity. The meat processing firm stepped into the lucrative Chinese market in 2002 and has since risen to be among the top 20 most valuable food companies in the region.

In 2016, Chicago papers reported that the OSI Group had doled out $7.4 million to acquire a 20K square-feet, modern food processing plant previously owned by Tyson Foods Inc. In the same year, OSI Group of Industries also bought a significant controlling stake of the Baho Food Company. The move aimed to better re-position OSI Group in the European market as Baho Food has dedicated plants in Germany and in the Netherlands.

Sheldon Lavin goes ahead to mention the incredible gains and advances the OSI Group has made in Germany, Canada and in the UK. According to the CEO, the OSI Group would never have successfully penetrated these markets were it not for joint investments with like-minded partners.

As of October 14, 2017, the OSI Group, privately held meat processing and supplying company had over 20,000 full-time employees. The food company traces its origins at Oak Park in Illinois, Chicago. The OSI Group of industries started out as a small butchery in Oak Park Chicago back in 1909. A hundred years on, and OSI is a Forbes-listed behemoth of a company with multi-million dollar investments in China, Germany, UK, Canada, and Japan.

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