Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of global food processing juggernaut the OSI Group, has long been focused on expanding the customer base and production capacity of the company. The Aurora, Illinois headquartered company was initially known for providing families and businesses in the Chicago area with quality meats. It then began providing McDonald’s franchises nationwide with beef patties. Lavin has since expanded the company’s product line to include dough and vegetable offerings, taken them to markets around the world, built 70 production facilities in more than 15 countries.
Prior to taking over the OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin’s expertise had been finance and accounting. He has degrees in accounting, business and finance from the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and Roosevelt University. He had also been a banker, an investor and ran his own accounting firm. But since taking over the OSI Group early in the 1980, his focus has been on taking the company global while providing the best tasting, most nutritious food products in the world. And to the customers in the 85 countries the company now serves, Sheldon Lavin has done just that.
While Lavin has opened branches of the company in places like Australia, India, Mexico, Japan and Brazil, a major focus of the company has been on China and Europe. Sheldon Lavin has build 10 poultry plants in China to better serve the burgeoning market for poultry products there. He has also made a concerted push into Europe by building facilities in Poland, Spain, Hungary and Germany. He has also gained customers in about two dozen European countries by purchasing Baho Foods, a Dutch company with food processing facilities in Holland and Germany and UK based Flagship Europe.
To better serve the OSI Group’s customers in the United States, Sheldon Lavin operates food processing plants in Illinois, California, Iowa and Wisconsin. He has also acquired Amick Farm on the east coast and a former Tyson Foods processing plant in Chicago. But even as the company continues to increase its customer base, Sheldon Lavin has made sure they continue to focus on excellent customer service and award-winning environmental management practices. This has resulted in Lavin and the OSI Group earning the respect of customers, the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honor and many other prestigious awards.
Even with all their accomplishments and awards, Sheldon Lavin’s proudest of the family atmosphere and family values of the OSI Group.
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