OSI has changed dramatically since it’s humble beginning in 1909. From a small butcher shop in Chicago called Otto and Sons to a company with worldwide partnerships and 65 locations, OSI has been through many transformations. Today, with CEO Sheldon Lavin at the helm, OSI has evolved into one of the largest food processing companies in the world.
Sheldon Lavin first became involved with Otto and Sons in the mid-seventies. At the time, the butcher shop had recently been recruited by McDonald’s to be their primary supplier of meat. With Lavin’s financial expertise, he was able to help Otto and Sons expand their Chicago operations into a nationwide enterprise within one year.
In the 19080’s, OSI began to expand globally. With locations in Taiwan, Germany, Mexico, among many other countries, OSI had established itself as a world leader in the food processing industry.
In the coming decades, OSI was to make many acquisitions. From oversees poultry plants to garden fresh produce, it seemed that OSI was everywhere within the food industry. From Australia’s beef industry to food processing plants in Japan, OIS is continuing to grown. In 2016, OIS was able to acquire a Tyson poultry plant for 7.4 million dollars. The acquisition gave OIS the additional room it needed to expand their U.S. operations. Sheldon Lavin credits a large part of success to smart investing. He would use the capitol gained to acquire other companies, therefore expanding their market presence.
Also key in Sheldon Lavin’s success is his focus on meeting the customers expectations and the incorporating technology in the ever changing food industry. Specifically, OIS uses cutting edge technology to fulfill the company’s commitment to sustainability. OIS has received many awards, including the Global Visionary Award, the North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award, and the California Green Business award. Sheldon Lavin takes great pride in the company’s efforts towards sustainability and hopes that the new generation of leaders will continue with his efforts.