Sheldon Lavin From Finance Company to Food Supplier

Sheldon Lavin is committed to sustainable food production. In 1975, Mr. Lavin became president and CEO of OSI Group. Lavin, with the help of David McDonald, had helped OSI Group go global. OSI Group is currently one of the largest producers of beef in the world.Prior to working at OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin worked at Otto & Sons and was made a partner. Lavin was hired to help the company with their finances. Otto & Sons had requested that Mr. Lavin take on a stake of ownership in the company, but Lavin declined the offer. OSI was originally Otto & Son that was founded in 1909 by Otto Kolchowski.

Major growth began in 1955 when Ray Kroc began to order Mc Donald’s meat from them to make their burgers. The orders were so big, Otto & Sons had a specialty plant built in 1973 to handle McDonald’s restaurant orders. It was in the 1980s that OSI expanded their business outside the North American continent. OSI supplied to Brazil, Germany, Taiwan, Spain, and Austria. In the 1990s, OSU added Philipines, Mexico, China, and Poland into their foreign markets. By the New millennium, countries like Australia, India, Canada, and China become clients of OSI Group. Mr. Lavin plans to supply food everywhere. Sheldon Lavin had earned many sustainability awards since taking charge of OSI Group.

OSI Group and Sheldon Lavin earned many awards, including Global Visionary Award, North American Meat Institute of Environmental Award, and others.Mr. Lavin was born in 1932. He received his bachelor’s degree in business from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill. Lavin was an undergraduate student at University of Illinois and Nothwestern University where he majored in accounting and finance. Prior to working at Otto & Sons and OSI Group, Lavin ran Sheldon Lavin and Associates Inc, located in downtown Chicago. Lavin likes to support various charities, including Ronald McDonald House where children and their families stay while the child gets cancer treatment. He’s been a chairman and trustee of Ronald McDonald House for over 25 years. Mr. Lavin is President and the Director of Sheba Foundation.

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