SHELDON LAVIN: INNOVATOR AND TRUE LEADER OF A THRIVING COMPANY

Sheldon Lavin is Chairman and CEO of OSI Group, a meat processing and food company that has its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois. Previously, he was an investment manager and bank executive where he helped finance the company, Otto and Sons, the name of the company before it was named OSI Industries. He became a partner in OSI Industries, and then in later years, McDonald’s management asked Sheldon Lavin to become the head of OSI. They knew he was trustworthy and would be strong in leading the company.

Some Crunchbase news articles explain how Sheldon Lavin is the true leader they knew he would be. He is committed to being the top innovator in the food division at the OSI. Since his management of OSI Group in the 70’s, the company has become global and is one of the largest food producers in the world. It wasn’t always this way, because it started as a small butcher shop in Chicago, then in 1973 became a main supplier to the McDonalds chain. It then took off with phenomenal growth, due to Sheldon Lavin introducing new ideas and strategies and integrating new technology. He and his team discovered by using liquid nitrogen cryogenic freezing that they benefitted by having safer and better storage for their food products, as well as transporting them without worry.

OSI has sixty-five facilities in seventeen countries, with twenty thousand employees all over the world, and has a net worth of $61 billion. The company has a history of longevity and doesn’t replace workers very often. Sheldon Lavin and OSI are family oriented and love their employees. In turn, the employees love the company and want to work in a thriving business. OSI believes that their employees control the direction of how successful it is and continues to be. Their philosophy is ” the values that guide their business conduct are related to business sustainability.” This is what makes the company stronger.

The success of his company has led to prestigious, sustainability awards, which are as follows:

1. Global Visionary Award
2. North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award
3. British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour
4. California Green Business Award

These awards proclaim in a big way why OSI is a great company. They will continue to utilize the formulas and innovations they have established to thrive and grow for years to come.

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