Sheldon Lavin is highly profiled and well respected in the food processing industry. He is, currently, President and CEO of OSI Group, LLC.
OSI Group is an American meat processing company that serves the retail and service industries with headquarters in Illinois. The beginning of OSI Group dates back to 1909 when Otto Kolschowsky (a German immigrant) started his family owned meat market in Illinois two years after arriving in the United States. In 1917 he had expanded his company into the wholesale meat business and relocated his company to a suburb near Chicago. His company was called Otto and Sons and the year was 1928. Otto and Sons established a reputation for providing the highest quality meats. In 1955 Mc Donald’s opened its first location in Des Plaines, Illinois and selected Otto and Sons as their meat supplier. The deal was sealed with a handshake between Ray Kroc (CEO of Mc Donald’s) and Otto’s sons, who developed a strong and lasting relationship over time. Supplying beef patties to Mc Donald’s soon became the main business of Otto and Sons. In 1960, the process of freezing fresh foods using liquid nitrogen (Cryogenics) surfaced and revolutionized the fast food industry.
In 1970, Sheldon Lavin became involved in the financing of Otto and Sons and in 1975, Otto and Sons became OSI Group Industries. In the early 1980’s, Sheldon Lavin obtained 100% voting control of the company making him CEO and President of OSI Group Industries.
Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, OSI Group Industries expanded from being a domestic food processing company locally, to being an International Leader in the Food Processing industry. Currently, there are over sixty OSI locations in over 16 different countries including Canada, China, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, The Netherlands, and Germany.
Sheldon Lavin received the Global Visionary Award by India’s Vision World Academy on February 20, 2016 because of his concern for the general welfare of the company as well as for the employees. He also received the Lifetime Achievement Award from RSM US LLP on October 22, 2015. This annual award is presented to those who are recognized as demonstrating outstanding leadership and service to Chicago’s businesses as well as to their community. OSI has also won awards for their Management in Health and Safety Risk and in Environmental Management.