Sheldon Lavin Leads OSI Group on Their Tremendous Growth Trajectory

Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of OSI Group and he has enjoyed a long and prosperous tenure in this regard overseeing their metamorphosis from a midwestern, regional meat supplier to a sprawling global concern with extraordinary capabilities. They are one of the top privately held food processors and recently made the Forbes list of America’s largest private companies.

The background of Sheldon Lavin is in Accounting and Finance where he flourished to the point of starting his own consulting firm. This was a successful business and one client, in particular, would play a huge role in his life and they were known as Otto & Sons. They grew in tandem with the nascent McDonald’s corporation and the need for capital to increase their operations is when Lavin established a relationship with them. His financial expertise enabled them to get the necessary funds and a lasting relationship was born.

In the mid-seventies, Lavin acquired the company from the original family and was free to begin working toward his vision of a global business in food processing. It has been the fuel for their growth over the years as they have steadily progressed. Eventually, they were called OSI Group and their reputation is worldwide and one of excellence.

The ability to analyze companies in an effort to find synergies is something that Sheldon Lavin has a great acumen for. Their strategic acquisitions over the years have paid enormous dividends as their abilities and resources have grown to a tremendous level. One recent example is their purchase of the Tyson Foods plant in Chicago which bolsters their efforts in the Windy City. It is close to existing facilities and adds to their production capacity which makes for a stronger company.

A strong spirit of entrepreneurialism is one thing that Lavin has instilled in OSI Group and it permeates the company which is something rare considering the size and scope of their operations. Employees are encouraged to think creatively and use innovation to drive the company forward. He has also encouraged the cultivation of a family-like atmosphere and those in the corporate office address each other with first names in a less-formal manner. Lavin practices an open-door policy in which ideas are welcomed.

Another important characteristic of OSI Group and in line with the vision of Lavin is their strong programs for sustainable business practices. They are deeply concerned with how they interact with the communities and local environments in which they operate. They have won several notable awards for their stewardship in this regard.

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