Sheldon Lavin did not grow up eating out of a silver spoon. He worked hard everything he got, and his great expertise has ended up serving him and OSI Group in a way he could have never imagined. OSI was founded in 1909 and slowly expanded over the years. It was a German immigrant by the name of Otto Kolschowsky that founded the company, and his sons teamed up with him later on to make it a family business. It was during the 1970’s that the company decided to hire outside help, and Sheldon Lavin was the man they found to serve the company and its expansion efforts.
From the beginning, Sheldon Lavin focused on sustainability, green innovations, and food safety, and he now serves OSI Group as its CEO. Before Lavin joined forces with OSI, the company had made a deal with McDonald’s to be one of its few suppliers of meat and food products. OSI even opened a dedicated plant during the 1970’s that only served McDonald’s, and later on the company opened up other plants overseas that were dedicated to serving McDonald’s expansion efforts there. Lavin was instrumental in OSI’s overseas expansion and also helped it with its efforts to build new plants in Spain, Brazil, Germany, Taiwan, Austria, Mexico, Poland, and the Philippines.
Sheldon Lavin continued to be the leading force behind OSI’s expansion into new markets and regions during the 2000’s. A purchase made in Australia gave the company access to is beef market where it has continued to thrive to this day. In 1996, in order to increase its offerings, Lavin guided the company as it acquired an interest in a poultry company in the United States. During the 2010’s, he was part of the company’s efforts to expand into Canada, the United Kingdom, and even further into Germany. In 2016, he watched on as OSI purchased Baho Food, which gave the company access to customers in Germany and the Netherlands. Sheldon Lavin has admitted that he plans on staying with OSI as long the company is expanding and breaking new ground. This attitude is exactly what has been behind a lot of the company’s success, to-date.