Rome wasn’t built in a day. A saying used to characterize Sheldon Lavin’s meat industry. He ventured into this business 43 years ago. Before moving to the meat industry, Lavin worked as an investor and executive in the banking sector. Since then, he became the chief executive officer of OSI Group and has transformed the company into a global supplier of food products. OSI Group of Industries has a global workforce of over 20,000 employees. The culture of the business is family oriented. According to Lavin, people are the most important part of the enterprise.
Lavin’s path to the industry began in 1970. He arranged to finance Otto & Sons. He then became a consultant to the family business. In 1975, he became much more involved in the Otto and Sons business. Sheldon Lavin began looking for international markets with the two sons as the father had retired. The organization, now known as the OSI Group continued its penetration to North America and Europe in 1970’s. A decade later, they expanded to South America and Taiwan. In the early 1980s, Sheldon Lavin acquired 50 percent shares after one partner decided to sell out. He has since had a 100 percent control for the last 13 years. After taking control of the company, he expanded to China, Japan, South Africa and India. Today the company seeks to penetrate further into the Asian and European market. According to Lavin, carrying the OSI culture overseas became the most exciting part. Today, OSI Group has over 55 facilities in 16 countries. It continues to serve McDonald and several clients in the international market.
OSI Chairman, Sheldon Lavin received the Global Visionary Award. The award from India’s Vision World Academy honors people in different fields who have turned their dreams into reality. According to the institution, Lavin persevered and persisted in his journey of building a local supplier of food products to a global enterprise serving the world from 60 locations in 16 countries. Over the years, OSI Group of companies has received numerous awards including recognitions for health management and as well as environmental management. Additionally, Lavin is a trustee for Ronald McDonald House Charities.