OSI Industries Chairman and CEO Sheldon Lavin was given a tremendous honor at a ceremony hosted by Global Vision Academy where he was awarded for over 40 years of business growth and charity work. Lavin has been proud of what OSI Industries has done not only in discovering new flavors and meat products that have been loved by customers of supermakets and fast food restaurant chains, but also for leading a company that’s put people first and given back millions to needy communities. Lavin really didn’t know much about food processing and product creation when he came to the company, but he applied the knowledge he had about sound financial investments to the company and has delivered worldwide quality service as a result.
OSI Industries was known as Otto & Sons when Sheldon Lavin first started working for it. The company had started as a suburban Chicago butcher shop and meat wholesale market store, and not long before Lavin arrived Otto & Sons had made a major deal with McDonald’s restaurants. The deal entailed providing large quantities of meat to the growing restaurant chain, and the Otto & Sons owners realized this would mean national and potentially international expansion. They needed a large loan to be able to build factories supplying the meat, and Lavin had a history in banking and as an independent consultant was able to get the loans needed to build the company’s first big plants.
Otto & Sons was not only delivering high production in meat for McDonald’s, but the return on investments and making more profits than ever prompted their owners to offer him the position as CEO, and when they retired they sold him their shares and promised him he could use his strategic vision to grow the company. Later David McDonald joined Lavin and became company president, and since the late 1970s the company has reached around the world delivering its products into more than 60 countries and is housed on 5 different continents. But despite its huge growth and outstanding profits, Lavin prefers to keep many of the ways it was run as the family-owned meat market in its beginning. He is a very outgoing friendly man in the words of those who know him, and he values the opinions of others very closely. Lavin may be near 90 years old, but he finds new energy every day as he interacts with the people he works with and continues to be passionate about serving organizations like the Jewish United Fund and the Ronald McDonald House.
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