Sheldon Lavin Continues the Growth of OSI Group

OSI Group was established in 1909 by Otto Kolschowksy. The group has had an impressive history over the 100 years it has been in operation. When OSI Group was formed, it was just a butcher shop and meat market in Chicago, and it was known as Otto & Sons, USA. The group has progressed over the years to become a large company with over 65 locations and partners globally. Sheldon Lavin is the company’s chief executive officer. Sheldon has a focus on green practices, food safety, and sustainability, which will go a long way in growing the company with the help of strategic market-focused methods.

The growth of OSI Group

The growth for Otto & Sons started in 1955 when it was selected to be the first hamburger supplier to McDonald’s. Later, the company opened a plant that was specifically dedicated to serving McDonald’s in 1973. Sheldon Lavin came aboard in the 1970’s to become a partner of the two sons of Otto Kolschowsky. Sheldon played a great role in steering the company to global market as McDonald’s continued its growth. Otto & Sons changed its name to OSI Group in 1975. The company expanded to Spain, Austria, Germany, Taiwan, and Brazil in the 1980’s. Additionally, OSI Group opened two more plants in the United States. OSI Group expanded into China, Philippines, Poland, and China in the 1990s, while still beefing up its production in the United States.

OSI Group did an acquisition in Australia, bringing the company into the beef industry of the country. OSI Group expanded to Japan and opened a beef production company. OSI Group ventured into Canada and India in 2010 and opened many other plants in the United States before 2015.

About Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon entered the OSI Group over four decades ago. He has used his experience as a banking executive and an investor to bring a drive to succeed in OSI Group. Sheldon was a third partner in the 1970s. He later became a half partner after acquiring interests from one of the original brothers. The second brother then retired, and Sheldon gained 100 percent voting control.

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Robots and Natural Ammonia Make For Cutting Edge innovation In OSI Plant

The OSI Group’s processing facility in West Jordan, Utah, is doing amazing things with robotics and state-of-the-art cooling systems that leverage natural-occurring ammonia to produce energy efficient operations.

Both are part of the reason the OSI Utah location has garnered a selection of awards for sustainability-procedure excellence. One is the AMI Environmental Recognition Award. The AMI Award are given to companies that exceed local or government-set environmental standards, and also upgrade their operations in creative ways to make them more green.

Ammonia plays a key role because it’s a super efficient cooling system for meat-processing facilities. OSI plants employs massive refrigeration units which handle large tonnages of meat preservation. The lower the temperature needed to maintain coolant levels, the more efficient and low-cost ammonia-bases system are. Thus, using ammonia is key to achieving superior levels of energy efficiency.

OSI Group’s Utah plant puts ammonia to use after meat has completed a fermentation treatment. Robots transport the meat to drying houses that are cooled with ammonia. It is significant that naturally occurring ammonia is used because it makes a huge environmental difference in terms of energy and resource saving efficiency.

Robots are also employed in the Utah plant in an way that is recognized as industry leading and innovative. The machines can handle up to 3,500 pounds of meat per load. Better yet, they save energy. That’s because lights don’t need to be burning – both to inhibit oxidation in the meat plant’s drying rooms — and simply because robots can operate without lights.

The robots are so smart they know when to stop and hook-up to re-charge without being told.

The American Meat Institute recognized the OSI Utah plant in West Jordan for its remarkable sustainability standards.

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