Sheldon Lavin is the visionary that led OSI Group to international greatness. He originally began doing business with a company as a consultant in the 1950’s. At this time OSI Group was known as Otto and Sons. It was a family-owned organization that had been founded in the early 1900’s. Otto Kolschowsky came from Germany and began the American Dream by opening a meat market. He ran his operations in the Chicago area. Over the years Otto and Sons grew as a trusted meat supplier to food companies in the region. They were discovered by Ray Kroc and the McDonald’s Corporation, who chose them to be one of its numerous suppliers of product.
Otto and Sons did stand out work for the McDonald’s Corporation. They were eventually tapped to be the sole supplier of meat to the restaurant giant. This required them to build a new meat processing plant to handle these responsibilities. Sheldon Lavin was brought in as a consultant on the operation between the two enterprises.
As time moved on Sheldon Lavin became more involved in the operation between Otto and Sons and McDonald’s. He was soon asked to be a part of the activities full-time. Lavin agreed and became a partner with the Otto and Sons organization. The original founders of Otto and Sons settled into retirement and Sheldon took over as Chairman and CEO of the company.
Sheldon Lavin began to push the company’s interest in an international direction. The organization became known as OSI Group and took on projects such as K & K foods in Taiwan. This led to the creation of OSI’s Asia-Pacific Division. The company spread throughout the Pacific Rim and explored interest in Central and South America.
Sheldon Lavin has been aggressive about growth. OSI has conducted several acquisitions in order to diversify its business model and open up new markets for the giant food manufacturer.