Sheldon Lavin’s Outstanding Performance at OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin was born in 1932. He attended the University of Illinois as well as Northern University for accounting and finance. He also studied business in Roosevelt University and received a Bachelor of Science degree. For over a decade, Mr. Sheldon had his consulting firm which was based in Chicago. The firm was Sheldon Lavin and Associates, Inc.

At 48 years, Sheldon became associated with another firm known as Otto & Sons, Inc. The firm was the predecessor of OSI Industries. He later was appointed as the chairman as well as Chief executive officer of OSI Group. Long before joining Otto & Sons, Sheldon Lavin worked as an investment manager and a banker.

He became instrumental in arranging Otto & Sons company’s financing for aggressive expansion. By the time the management was proposing Lavin for the role of CEO, they were certain they needed a trusted partner since it was clear the company was headed for global expansion.

OSI group is located in Illinois, but it supplies assorted meat, vegetables, and pastry products in over 15 countries. Lavin is the mind behind OSI’s growth and innovation experienced in Europe and India. Sheldon Lavin’s exemplary leadership abilities led to his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group. The global growth of the organization is attributed to Lavin’s diligent work. Innovation and application of recent technology in food processing has become a niche associated with OSI Company.

He has all along emphasized on adopting strategies and technologies for efficiency in the food production. The strategies have facilitated sustainable and environmentally friendly activities throughout the production process.

Sheldon Lavin has led the company to receive numerous awards related to sustainability. He has appreciated the awards, terming them as the most epic moments in his career. Under the leadership of Mr. Lavin, OSI Group has grown from a butcher shop based in Chicago to a renowned food processing company across the globe. At one point, one of the partners retired leaving Lavin with half controlling interests of the company. A few years later, the other partner retired and he was left with total voting control. He could, at that point, have reverted to his career -finance, but he was confident that he had what OSI needed for the next level.

Lavin has, during his time in the leadership position, taken OSI to the level of being a multi-billion business in the food industry. According to Forbes, OSI is the 58th largest private company globally. The company has a net worth of 6.1 billion.

Sheldon Lavin is involved in a number of institutions for charity work. Other than supporting Ronald McDonald House Charities, he is a trustee and chairman for its major campaign.

THE SUCCESS STORY OF OSI GROUP

Currently, OSI Group is the biggest food suppliers in the world’s Group has over 20,000 workers that are determined to offer customers with the best services. Today, they operate in seventeen countries across the globe. The company started as single premises, but today it has grown to be one of the significant corporate business in the history of the American economy. The company is still growing in the current modern world.

It was during the American immigration that OSI Group started. Otto Kolschowsky established the company as a small scale butchery owned by the family in Chicago. When the First World War was ending, Kolschowsky improved the premises to be the wholesale type of business. This includes locating shops in other parts of Chicago suburb, Maywood. In the year 1928, the name changed to Otto & sons.

In the year 1955, the first McDonalds restaurant started its operations in Illinois.The companay began to supply fresh Ground Beef to McDonald restaurant. As MacDonald hotels continued to expand over the world,the company was given the mandate to supply to these restaurants.

During the late 1960s, there was technology advancement that leads to more effective and affordable services being offered by Otto & sons. This resulted to the close relationship between the McDonalds and Otto & Sons. The first plant was built in 1973 to supply only to MacDonald product only.OSI Group acquires Baho Food.

The company opened its first facility outside Chicago in the year 1977 in West Jordan. Afterward, the company continued to expand in parts of North America. Lavin became the CEO of OSI Group company in the year 1980s; he had vast experience in the areas of investment and leadership. Under the leadership of Leavin, the company was ranked as one of the best companies in the United States.

The OSI company continues to grow in close partnership with Nation Pizza and Foods that was started in 1994. A new plant was established in Oakland, Lowa that majored in the production of Sausage, Beacon, and hot dogs. Poultry processing project was launched in early 2000; the project was facilitated by the acquisition of the U.K.-Company Moy Park.

In the year 2010 OSI Group opened a beef production in Japan, later its expanded to Asia-pacific. New facilities were started in India in 2012.OSI Group acquired the full control of Baho Food’s Group has made tremendous steps in achieving its success over the years,

 

OSI Food Solutions – Expanding Production in Spain to Meet Increasing Market Demands

OSI Food Solutions Spain has put their money where their mouth is and have put forth 17 million euros to fund a new production line to meet the demand of their chicken products in Spain and Portugal. Over the past decade, the chicken product demand has increased by 6% annually and 8% over the past 3 years annually. It was only a matter of time before management of OSI Food Solutions would take steps towards making this advancement a reality.

This investment includes a building addition for housing this operation, which includes: waste storage rooms, oil service areas, facility supply storage, shipping and receiving areas, nitrogen tanks, a kitchen, social area for employees and more. A new surveillance system was also put in to place. And as far as emergency fire situations are concerns, a new and advanced fire fighting system was installed to work accordingly.

In general, energy consumption in meat production facilities is commonly a concern; OSI has capitalized on this matter by employing a system designed to reduce energy consumption by the process of simply recovering waste heat from a refrigeration unit, as well as from a cogeneration system. These energy consumption systems have decreased energy consumption by 20 percent in the new production plant.

Managing director of OSI Spain, Jose Maria del Rio, is excited about the new extension and because of the increasing rate of demand over the past decade, OSI is anticipating future demands and is prepared for when it comes. With the new advancements in place, OSI will be able to meet the ever so growing demands of its customers.

The plant extension would draw interest from the regional government and as a result, the government would grant OSI Spain 1.5 million euros from its European Agricultural Fund. Being granted this money by the regional government is an honor as it suggests that a business is a highly valuable asset for the benefits of local economic growth.

OSI Food Solutions Spain has improved their production efforts to meet the increasing demand of the market, constructing a production line that can produce double of what their production was prior to the investment. As demand rises in Spain and Portugal, OSI Food Solutions Spain will be fully equipped to oblige accordingly.