Sheldon Lavin’s career in the meat industry covers a span of 43 years. As the CEO for the OSI Group he has taken the small company and transformed it into the burger supplier for McDonalds worldwide.There are now almost 20,000 employees who work for the OSI Group throughout the globe. The business is family oriented with a workforce that is loyal. They have incredibly little turnover and for this company the people who work there are the most critical part of the business.
Lavin started to become successful in 1970. This was when he arranged the necessary financing for Otto & Sons. They built a processing facility for meat and became McDonalds supplier for the Midwest.By 1975 Mr. Lavin was becoming more involved with Otto & Sons. Once the father had retired he went into a partnership with the sons. This was when he began working for the company on a full time basis.The OSI Group expanded in the 1970’s and covered Europe and North America. By the 1980’s their territory included Taiwan and South America. Lavin acquired fifty percent of the controlling interest in the company when one of the partners wanted to sell out. After the last partner retired, Lavin had the voting control of the company.
The OSI Group continued their expansion into China, the Philippines, Japan, Australia, South Africa and India. At this time they already has a strong presence in Europe and Brazil.Sheldon Lavin is now 81 years of age. He is still helping the OSI Group grown and his focus now rests on Asia and Europe. Due mainly to his influence the OSI Group is now located in sixteen countries and has well over 55 facilities.Mr. Lavin contributes to so many charities and is highly active in this regard. He survived his wife after being married for 55 years. Together they raised three children. Theses children are now all married and have kids of their own. He feels all of the employees of the OSI Group from around the globe are a part of his extended family.
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