Sheldon Lavin is a prominent award-winning businessman who serves at the helm of OSI Group as Chairman and CEO. Lavin joined OSI over 40 years ago and has been very pivotal in steering the company to success. Lavin is an accountant and a financial expert by profession and joined OSI Group then Otto and Son in 1970. OSI Group was initially a small meat shop that was founded by a German immigrant who migrated to Oak Park Illinois in the year 1909. The firm from a small meat shop as the demand for quality meat grew started growing and expanded from a small meat shop to a wholesale meat business. Lavin then joined the firm and ever since then has helped transformed the company to become the leading supplier of meat products to service companies such as the McDonalds and General Milling Corporations.
OSI Group today under Sheldon Lavin leadership supplies a wide range of meat and food products to renowned retail food companies such as Starbucks, Subway, Papa John’s, Burger King, and Pizza Hut among others. The firm food products include pork, meat patties, poultry, bacon, hotdogs, and vegetables, among others. OSI Group has received numerous awards for its innovations, safe food handling, observance of employee safety standards, and safe green sustainability practices. It is headquartered in Aurora Illinois and has a global reach. The firm has expanded to other regions through mergers and acquisitions and boasts of commanding a massive presence in over 17 countries and providing employment to over 20,000 people.
OSI Group, under the strategic leadership of Sheldon Lavin, has continued to grow to countries such as Europe. The firm in 2016 as part of its expansion strategy acquired a controlling stake in the Dutch-based Baho Food. Baho Food is a leading processed food provider in Europe and supplied food products to more than 18 countries in Europe. The firm has subsidiary firms under it throughout Germany and Netherlands, all of which after acquisition fell under OSI Group. Some of the food products that Baho Food supplied to retailers throughout Europe include sausages, meat patties, poultry, pork, chicken, hamburgers, and bacon, among others. Other recent acquisitions that OSI Group has made under Sheldon Lavin include the purchase of Flagship Europe, and Chicago based Tyson Foods among others.