Sheldon Lavin: The Key to OSI Industries International Success
OSI Industries was originally founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky as a corner butcher shop. It eventually was renamed into Otto & Sons in 1928. The brothers became a partner with Ray Kroc as McDonald’s first supplier of beef in 1940 and became forever immortalized as part of the American way of life. After several decades of success with their partnering with McDonalds, Otto & Sons became OSI Industries in 1975, the very same year Sheldon Lavin was asked to join the company.
OSI saw rapid growth in only a few years and opened its first plant in West Jordan Utah by 1977. When McDonalds went international OSI built plants in Germany and Spain, eventually becoming a massive and complex multinational corporation.
Thanks to his leadership during this time period, Sheldon Lavin would eventually become chairman and CEO of OSI in the early 1980s. His keen foresight saw OSI not just being a food processing company for McDonalds, but also ventured out into other sectors of the food industry.
With his personal experience as an CEO and a banking investor, Sheldon Lavin proved to be a critical asset in what would become one of the most profitable growth phases for the company which continues on into the 21st century. The company eventually constructed plants throughout Brazil, Austria, Poland, the Pacific Rim, Hungary and Mexico which gave birth to the company’s aggressive expansion during the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Sheldon Lavins oversaw a joint partnership with K&K Foods in Taiwan, which started OSI Asia-Pacific. Gen OSI was established in the Philippines in 1990 while a company in China, known as WFOE was constructed in Beijing during the year 1992. Another plant was established in Shanghai in 199h.
The company didn’t stop growing in the US. New plants were opened in Chicago and in Oakland, Iowa in 1986 and 1996 respectively. Mr. Lavin would eventually see the company branch from beef production and entered an partnership with Nation Pizza and Foods in 1994 expanding the company’s production from beef and branched out into other meats such as sausage, bacon, hot dogs and poultry.
Thanks to the impressive foresight of Sheldon Lavin, OSI Industries would eventually become one of the largest companies in the US generating sales of 6.1 billion by 2016 and earned three recognitions for environmental safety by 2018.