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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