Sheldon Lavin leadership at OSI Group has seen the firm become a leader in food production globally. The company has the rewards and challenges of state of the art technology. Sheldon has been part of OSI Group growth from the 1970s. He has led the firm towards adopting new technologies and strategies aimed at increasing efficiency while decreasing environmental footprints of the organization’s operations. Currently, OSI management bases their decisions on sustainability as a critical factor.
Sheldon Lavin and the OSI group have received notable sustainability awards such as the California Green Business Award, Environmental Award from North America Meat Institute, Globe of Honor Award by the British Safety Council and the Global Visionary Award. These awards recognize Sheldon’s achievements of a long and successful career.
In 1970, Sheldon Lavin was serving as a bank executive and an investment manager. Otto & Sons was later named to OSI group, and at that time the company was looking for expansion funds. He played a significant role in organizing their finances, and he joined the company as a consultant. His position grew, and he was made partner at Otto & Sons as they sought for funds to be used in international expansion in 1975, the same year it was changed to OSI Industries.
Years later, Sheldon Lavin was made OSI Industries CEO, and chair after their primary client asked him to be fully committed to OSI Industries. Lavin got OSI ultimate voting control following the retirements of his two partners in early 2000s.
OSI Group is currently a large firm employing over 20,000 people in 17 countries with over 65 facilities. It was ranked number 58 by Forbes in 2016 among the largest private organizations. The company growth results from embracing new technology as an essential factor. New opportunities in the food production, transportation and storage were enhanced by the innovation of liquid cryogenic nitrogen freezing. Otto & Sons were among the first to embrace this new technology and construction of West Chicago facility leading to its transition.
Lavin spearheaded OSI Group expansion to Spain. The facility will double the company’s capacity in the production of processed chicken products; improve storage facilities, production and security areas. The project is located in Toledo, Spain costing €17 million to finish. Its 22,600 square feet additional space gives space for new service areas, storage areas, employees’ social area, receiving and shipping area and production hall. The facility has a new test kitchen to help in the improvement of products to meet the demands and needs of the expanding client base.