Since it was established, OSI Group has been an epitome of growth in the food industry. The company had a very humble beginning. It all started as a retail meat market in Chicago, Illinois. It would only take a visionary individual like Otto Kolschowsky to envision a world meat supplier from the small company he had created. The company was rebranded as Otto & Sons back in the year 1928. Consequently, the company exhibited unfathomable growth.
The growth of Otto & Sons had outdone the expectation of its founder. As a way of rebranding and incorporating technology into the business, Otto & Sons became OSI Group. The company had previously been a family led business. With the need to expand its scope, OSI Group needed a different leadership, not forgetting that the Otto Sons were nearing their retirement age. Sheldon Lavin became the chief executive officer of OSI Group in the year 1975. He has remained in this position to date and has seen the company’s transition.
In the consequent years, OSI grew substantially to reach out to more customers across the globe. It opened branches and affiliate companies in different countries such as Brazil, Hungary, Poland, Mexico as well as Austria. All the expansion is as a result of the strategies that Sheldon Lavin has put in place. As at the moment, OSI Group is present in over 17 countries across the globe and intends to open even more branches.
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group acquired the Tyson plant. This was aimed at improving the company’s production in North America. A year later, a former primary supplier of food in the United Kingdom, Flagship Europe was bought. This way, OSI Group cemented its presence in Europe. The facility was later rebranded to Creative Foods Europe.
The contribution of Sheldon Lavin to the overall growth of OSI Group has not gone unnoticed. He was accorded h prestigious Global Visionary Award in the year 2016. To get this award, an individual must have made it big in his/ business, and show lots of perseverance in the course of achieving his/ her goals. Sheldon Deserved this Award.