Sheldon Lavin Helped OSI Grow Throughout the Years

The OSI Group has 20,000 employees and is one of the biggest food providers around the globe. Sheldon Lavin is the current Chief Executive Officer of the company with plants in 17 countries.

Otto Kolschowsky started in the company in 1909 in the Oak Park area of Chicago. He had only immigrated to the United States 2 years earlier. It began as a small butcher shop but expanded just a decade later into wholesale. When this expansion occurred, the meat market was moved to Maywood. In 1928, Otto & Sons were born when Kolschowsky decided to rebrand the company to be a family business.

They continued to thrive as a small wholesale business in Chicago for years until they entered into an agreement with Ray Kroc who created the first McDonald’s in Des Planes, Illinois. This was one of the first steps in establishing retail franchises of restaurants. The agreement stated that Otto & Sons would be the first choice to supply meat for the franchise. When Ray Kroc made the decision to buy out the Mcdonalds, it was a very important development in the history of OSI Group. As Mcdonald’s grew, so did the demand for OSI to supply a quality product at a good cost. Flash freezing changed everything forever when it came to OSI, they were able to greatly reduce their costs and expand their product line.

In the early 1980’s, Sheldon Lavin became the Chief Executive Officer of OSI as well as the chairman. This was a very high growth phase for the company and Sheldon Lavin was able to facilitate this growth with his investment experience. IN 1987, OSI Asia-Pacific was born in conjunction with K&K Foods. When China entered into the World Trade Organization in 2001, Sheldon Lavin knew that there would be a huge opportunity for growth in that market.

They continued to grow in the United States as well and opened up a plant in Iowa that focused on hot dogs, sausage, and bacon. These were new product lines for OSI that expanded their market dramatically. OSI now has 64 plants around the globe and is continuing to grow under the guidance of Sheldon Lavin. While their headquarters are still in Chicago, the company is now a global operation that runs on a network of local managers that communicate globally.

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