How Sheldon Lavin Successfully Grew OSI Group Into An International Food Processor

Sheldon Lavin is the owner, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of Illinois-based OSI Group, LLC. He has been with OSI Group since the 1970’s and under his leadership the company has become ranked as the 58th largest privately held organization in the nation.It was in 1970 when Sheldon Lavin became acquainted with OSI Group. He was working in the banking industry had been approached to consult on a loan the company needed in order to expand their production capacity. OSI Group needed another meat processing facility built as they were becoming one of the main suppliers of fresh beef for the fast food franchise McDonald’s. Sheldon Lavin was able to complete the loan for the company but was asked to stay on as a consultant for the firm by McDonald’s.

In 1975, Sheldon Lavin became a partner of OSI Group and eventually took the company over. He rapidly expanded the scope of the business, extending it to other restaurants across the United States, Canada, and Europe. In the 1980’s, OSI Group put operations in several Asian countries including Japan, China, Australia, and India. In addition to supplying fresh ground beef, the company now offers far more including poultry, dressings, vegetables, fruits, seafood, marinades, dips, sauces, and more.

As a very successful businessman, Sheldon Lavin is also a philanthropist. He financially donates to a great many causes including Ronald McDonald House Charities. Other charities he gives large sums to includes among others the Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, the Jewish United Fund, and the United Negro College Fund. Lavin was married for 55 years before his wife passed away. He has three children as well as grandchildren. Additionally, he considers the team at OSI Group to be part of his family as well.

You can also find him on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/public/Sheldon-Lavin

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