Sheldon Lavin the owner and top executive at OSI Group, LLC, a company headquartered in the state of Illinois. His company was first established in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky, a man that emigrated to the United States from Germany. Over the years the company gradually expanded operations, starting out as a family meat market and then becoming a wholesaler. The company was named Otto & Sons in 1928 and continued operating under this name until the 1970’s.
In the 1960’s Otto & Sons became one of the four national suppliers of processed beef to the fast food giant McDonalds. In the early 1970’s they needed to expand and open a new processing plant in order to meet McDonald’s needs. Sheldon Lavin was a financier who handled the loan that OSI Group needed to build this plant. He eventually joined the company, which changed its name to OSI Group in 1975, and became part owner of the company along with members of the family that still ran the company. Over time he bought out their interest in the company and is now the sole owner of OSI Group.
Sheldon Lavin is OSI Group’s chairman and CEO. When he first joined OSI Group it only operated domestically. Under his leadership, the company now has offices and processing facilities across the world including in Europe and Asia. It is now ranked by Forbes as the 58th largest private company in the United States, with revenue of about $6.1 billion. There are over 20,000 employees of his company and they produce many types of food products such as meat patties, pizza, vegetable products, hot dogs, and more.
Some of the main focuses of Sheldon Lavin are on producing safe food that is processed in an environmentally responsible way. He also works to make sure that the suppliers and growers his company works with also focus on food safety and the environment. His company has won many environmental and sustainability awards while Lavin has been leading the company.
His life’s work at OSI Group led to Sheldon Lavin being honored by Vision World Academy, an organization located in India. He received their prestigious Global Visionary Award. The award was presented to him due to his contributions to the growth of jobs on an international basis, including in the nation of India. He said he was very honored to receive this award and the recognition of his work over the years.
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