The Achievements of Sheldon Lavin at OSI Industries

One of the leaders at OSI Industries that have played a key role in its growth is Sheldon Lavin and has worked at the firm for decades now. During his tenure, he has helped the food provider to adopt sustainable production practices. OSI has been leading in the sector and that has been made possible by the use of advanced technology in all the operations to increase efficiency and reduce environmental pollution. It started as a small shop that was based in Chicago by one of the German immigrants at the time. Years later, OSI partnered with the McDonald’s and became one of the main suppliers of meat products to the restaurants that were spread out in the country.

Sheldon Lavin helped OSI Industries to develop new business strategies that have helped it to gain a competitive edge over the other players in the food industry. The efforts by the food provider to ensure sustainability have earned it international recognition and awards which include Global Visionary Award and the Globe of Honor. Currently, Sheldon serves as the chairman and Chief Executive of OSI Industries.

Before joining the food company, he worked in various positions in the finance sector. He became part of OSI at a critical point as the company needed a large amount of money to finance expansion plans and his skills were necessary. Before a bank approved the funding, the financial institution urged the management of the food provider to include Sheldon Lavin in its team.

The finance expert became a managing partner at OSI Industries to help the firm in seeking more funds to expand its operations to other parts of the world. The management of McDonald’s encouraged Mr. Lavin to take a permanent position at OSI. Since OSI was one of the core suppliers for McDonald’s, the success of the food provider would also have a positive impact on its growth. Sheldon Lavin still believes that there is always a room for improvement and is optimistic that the firm would experience a positive growth rate in the foreseeable future. According to him, the employees of OSI are an important part of the company and always ensures that they are allowed to be innovative in their work.

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OSI Industries From Farm to Global Giant

OSI Industries is a global conglomerate in meat and food processing. Its President and COO, David McDonald, was originally raised and schooled in Iowa. He started and grew a decades long (30 year) career with OSI Industries, providing vision and leadership to transform and expand it from a traditional supplier to a diversified global enterprise with operations in the U.S., Asia and Europe. One of the historical catalysts for OSI Industries’ growth was a partnership between Ray Croc, who was responsible for turning McDonalds (then a hamburger stand) into a successful franchise, and Otto and Sons (OSI’s previous name). Through that partnership, OSI Industries became one of McDonald’s four main beef suppliers. As McDonald’s grew in popularity and expansion (1970’s), so too did OSI Industries (still at the time known as Otto and Sons). In 1975, it became OSI Industries and brought on a new chairman and CEO, Sheldon Lavin, who holds those positions still today. David McDonald, hired as an intern, stayed and grew with the company, gradually cultivating himself as one of OSI Industries’ main leaders. In 2001, with the entrance of China into the World Trade Organization, OSI Industries set up joint ventures there with the help of McDonald. Thereafter, it partnered with Nation Pizza and Foods to expand its traditional line of meat products domestically. It acquired Moy Park, a UK based poultry processor in 2006. That lead to subsequently more partnerships and acquisitions in Europe as well as expansion in the U.S. The last ten years have continued in expansions internationally and domestically. Facilities were opened in Japan, India and Poland, along with an office in Germany. 2014 saw two Culinary Innovation Centers opened: one in Shanghai, and another in Illinois in order to gain insights from consumers and local producers. McDonald continues to provide leadership and innovative progress for the continued growth and successful operation of OSI Industries.