Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of the OSI Group, the global food processing company, is over 80 years old. And he has held many titles during his long and illustrious life. He’s an accountant, a banker, a husband, father and grandfather. Sheldon Lavin is also a loving, caring individual who has built a very successful company by treating his more than 20,000 employees like family and instituting forward-thinking, award-winning worker and environmental safety policies. Although he has degrees in accounting and finance, Sheldon Lavin is best known for the work he has done turning the OSI Group into a major force in the food services industry.
It was in the 1970s when Sheldon Lavin first heard about the meat company Otto & Sons that would later become the OSI Group. They were a company with a reputation for top quality meat products that needed money to expand. Sheldon Lavin was so impressed with them, not only did he get them the funds, he became a majority shareholder in the company. By 1980, Lavin had full control of the company and was making it a force to be reckoned with in the food production industry worldwide. He started a process that has led to the company having 70 food processing facilities around the globe and customers in the Americas, Asia, Australia and Europe.
Sheldon Lavin has grown the OSI Group through building facilities and strategic acquisitions and partnerships. He built 10 processing facilities in China to tap into their large and growing market. Lavin also acquired Baho Foods and Flagship Europe to increase the company’s profile in Europe. He partnered with companies in Australia, Brazil and Taiwan. Sheldon Lavin has also acquired a plant for processing hot dogs, sausage and bacon in Oakland, California, poultry company Amick Farms on the East Coast and a facility in Chicago formally used by Tyson Foods to increase domestic production.
Above all else, Sheldon Lavin is a visionary. Someone able to see what’s possible long before it’s made manifest and able to create a viable plan and do the work necessary to make his vision a reality. In early 2016, the Vision World Academy honored Sheldon Lavin by giving him their Global Visionary Award. Sheldon Lavin was chosen for the continuous perseverance he had demonstrated in actualizing his vision of transforming the OSI Group into a major player in the international food processing and distribution industry.
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Running an international company in the modern times is not an easy task. Things can get complicated because of various reasons. Each country has very different regulations, and this means that there are different regulations at all company branches. OSI Group, an American based company, has surprised people from all over the world because of the achievements it has in the food production department. When the company was introduced to Americans, it was only interested in the production of packaged meat products. Several years later, the management of the company thought of expanding the company, and it did so well. The company started introducing other food products apart from beef products.
Several years ago, the OSI Group opened its first branch in Spain. Just like any other new company in a country, the OSI Food Solutions took time to understand the challenges that the customers were facing and the kind of products they needed. The leaders of OSI Group have been in the international market, and they have all the tricks of running an international firm. When the company came into Spain, it started its production while still trying to understand the tastes and likes of the consumers. The company did so well in the end, and the results are evident.
After working in Spain market for a short time, the OSI Food Solutions has started to realize that the people in this country prefer to eat chicken. The company has gone ahead to announce that they will now be doubling the chicken production so that they can satisfy the huge number of chicken customers. The company made this important decision after realizing that customers were not getting enough of the chicken that was being produced. The company has announced that it is very excited to make the new move.
Doubling the chicken production in Spain has many benefits for the people living in the country. First of all, the people in this country will have more working opportunities. According to the news that have been shared by the company management, the OSI Food Solutions will be forced to introduce twenty more professionals to the management of the large company. The institution will be forced to increase their working space to accommodate the large chicken production that will be starting. The institution has announced that it will be in need of more space to cater for all the needs of the customers. All the stockholders in the company will benefit from the move.
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Due to the unification of numerous nations, they remained dedicated to making the world a better place. Moreover, they focused their efforts on providing their citizens with safe food. In spite of such progress, several developing nations remain ill-equipped at providing their citizens with safe food to eat. As a result, the citizens of these nations remain at risk when it comes to eating food. In recent years, viruses such as Ebola and Listeria have wreaked havoc on people around the world. In addition, thousands of these people have died from these illnesses. However, multiple companies exist with the intention of providing safe food products and services.
However, only a few of them can compare to the offerings of OSI Industries. Furthermore, OSI Industries remains a corporation worth billions of dollars. Since 1909, OSI Industries has remained a mainstay in the industry. As a result of the company’s offerings, they have remained an industry leader. Moreover, the company began its operations as a family meat market. This remains attributed to its founder immigrating to the United States from Germany. By the late 1920s, the company expanded its operations to a broader audience. As a result, the company grew exponentially. Moreover, the company continued to build its reputation around Chicago.
To expound further, the company remains headquartered in the Chicago area. To expound further, the company has partnered with companies such as McDonald’s and KFC. Initially, McDonald’s had hundreds of meat suppliers. However, OSI Industries eventually became their primary meat supplier. Moreover, the company has received numerous awards and accolades. Recently, the company purchased a Tyson food plant in Chicago, Illinois. To expound further, the company purchased the food plant for $7.4 million dollars. In parallel, the company also purchased Baho Food. As a result, this expanded their operations in Europe.