Meet the CEO of the OSI Group: Sheldon Lavin

The success of Sheldon Lavin is one that is discussed on a daily basis. He is the CEO of the OSI Group. The OSI firm deals with the distribution of food. Through the wise ideas of Lavin, the firm has been able to extend its market globally.

Sheldon Lavin’s dream was to create a series of companies that could help in the distribution of food products. He knew the only way to achieve this was through becoming a financial consultant. This was because many firms need financial help to expand their businesses and that he was ready to offer. His breakthrough came when the Otto & Sons came knocking at his door. He saw the potential in the firm and financed them.

Later, Sheldon Lavin became more involved in the business when they wanted ways to expand globally. When their father retired, the sons appointed Lavin as one of their partners. Later, when Sheldon Lavin was convinced that the firm had the potential to stay in the market, he joined the company on a full-time basis. He has led the firm in the purchase of Baho foods among other industries, which have helped the company gain leverage.

Lavin says at the beginning of his career; he was scared. He was afraid that his skills were not up to the standards. However, after experiencing success, he became confident. He says to make money one has to spend money. He says that investing on a large-scale basis helps in minimizing costs as one enjoys the economies of scale.

Lavin says that among the attributes that makes him successful is being a great planner. He explains that from a tender age he learned to make decisions in a way that he could secure his future. Planning helps in the creation of companies that can withstand the pressure in the market.

For success, one has to be highly innovative. Sheldon says that the secret of innovation is hard to explain. According to him, humility is key to innovation. This means listening to other individuals and noting down their ideas. He says that one has to trust their human capital as well. On top of that, you got to listen to as many smart people as possible. People are unique in their way. Their ideas are always different from each other and, therefore, very beneficial.

Under the leadership of Lavin, the OSI Group has won multiple awards. They are positive that things will only get better in the industry.

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The OSI Group: Consistently Expanding To Serve More Clients Globally

For the OSI Group, expansion has always been the key to their success. Started in 1909 as a neighborhood meat market in the Chicago area, by 1917 they had expanded to serve more communities and businesses. The company then expanded further in the 1950s when they began to provide meat patties for a fledgling fast-food franchise called McDonald’s. In the 1970s, the OSI Group expanded their services further and began providing packaged meats to restaurants and supermarkets throughout Illinois. Since then, the OSI Group has embarked on a program of swiftly progressing global expansion.

The OSI Group is one of the world’s largest food processing companies. Their headquarters is in Aurora, Illinois and they have about 80 processing facilities located in 17 countries in North, South and Central America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company provides beef, fish and chicken, vegetables, sauces, pizza, sandwiches and more to businesses worldwide. CEO Sheldon Lavin and President David McDonald have led the OSI Group on an extensive program of global expansion over the past 25 years.

The company expanded into Eastern Asia in 1992 when they opened their first facility in Beijing, China. They also opened a beef plant in Japan in 2010. The OSI Group opened a poultry raising and processing facility in China’s Shandong Province in 2010 and one in Henan Province in 2012. The company expanded into India in 1995 and opened a vegetable processing plant there in 2012. They also built a new facility in the Philippines in 2017. The OSI Group also has facilities in the Baltic States, the Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden and elsewhere in Eastern Europe.

The OSI Group has also expanded the markets they serve by acquiring companies. They set up a joint venture with Edeka, Germany’s largest grocery store chain. The OSI Group acquired Flagship Europe in 2016. This company provides dips, mayonnaise, poultry and sauces to British dining establishments. Soon afterwards they acquired Baho Food, a Dutch firm that provides 18 European nations with snack and deli products. In 2017 the OSI Group expanded again by acquiring HynekSchlachthof GmbH, a German meat business that operates beef slaughterhouses near cattle ranches.

And the OSI Group plans to continue to expand by opening additional facilities and acquiring valuable companies. Their goal is to better serve their customers by providing natural, organic, healthy food products and a more diversified product line.

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