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Sheldon Lavin And The Growth Of The OSI Group

In the 1970s, when former Chicago area meat market Otto & Sons came to Sheldon Lavin’s financial services company looking for money to buy new equipment and get larger facilities, little did he know that would be the start of a relationship that would last more than 50 years. Today, Sheldon Lavin is the owner and CEO of the company. It is now called the OSI Group and has become one of the world’s largest producers and distributers of meat, dough and vegetable products.

Through the vision, planning and hard work of Sheldon Lavin, the OSI Group has been transformed. The company that was once primarily known for providing McDonald’s with ground beef patties and supermarkets and restaurants in Illinois with quality meat, is now a major player on the international stage. Sheldon Lavin has led the company through a period of unprecedented growth and expansion. As a result, the OSI Group now has over 70 food processing facilities located in more than 17 countries. And the company continues to grow every year. Sheldon Lavin, with his background in banking and finance and expansive vision of what’s possible, is the reason why.

Under Lavin’s leadership, the OSI Group now has a presence in North, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Lavin has taken what was once a family-run community meat market with a staff of three and transformed it into an internationally known corporation with over 20,000 employees. But one of the things that makes Sheldon Lavin unique is that he has managed to maintain the family-like feeling within the company. He and the staff are on a first name basis, all staff members are invited to come to him with their ideas and he has created many programs to help employees and their families.

Sheldon Lavin is respected internationally for the environment friendly policies and procedures he has put in place to guide the company. He’s been given countless accolades and awards for his enlightened leadership. He also gives generously to a wide array of philanthropic causes and organizations all over the world. Many people see Sheldon Lavin as the ideal person for the next generation of chief executives to emulate.

The husband and father, now in his 80s, isn’t slowing down. Sheldon Lavin is still involved in the company’s day-to-day operations and always looking for ways to improve the products and services the OSI Group offers.

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The growing fortunes of OSI Group under President David McDonald

OSI Group is a food processing company. The group first opened its first food processing plant in China in 1992. It is at this same time that group started supplying McDonald’s with food. OSI Group has now been in China for more than 20years.

OSI Group is a leading global company in the supply of protein items. They supply beef patties and sausage links. It has its headquarters in Aurora. They also supply food products such as pizza and sandwiches. OSI Group is a private company and has over 50 facilities in 17 different countries. Most of their operations are in the Latin America region and Europe.

David McDonald is the president of OSI group. According to him, OSI is a global company that has a dedicated team of workers who ensure that they align the group’s operations depending on the tastes, solutions and the cultures of the people in the area they are operating.

In China, the group operates 8 factories with two more in the processing of construction. In China also, OSI Group is the biggest provider of chicken foods. In the Henan province of China, they are building the largest of all factories. They are hoping to use this facility to process food to the growing population in China and the world in general.

David McDonald says that the company has engaged the services of the best equipment providers to ensure that their factories process quality food that meets the required safety standards.

During the Olympics games of 2008, OSI Group was the biggest provider of food to the participants and the crowds. In the course of the games, they supplied 113 tons of various products. Some of the food products they provided were chicken, pork, beef, eggs and dehydrated onions.

David McDonald holds a degree from Iowa University. He studies between the years 1983 and 1987. He has served at one time as the executive chairman of a business organization known as the North American Meat Institute. McDonald was worked at Marfrig Global Foods, S.A as a director.

David McDonald, as the current president of OSI Group, has secured a business agreement between ISO Group and Baho Food. Baho Food is a food manufacturer from Denmark. The company deals with processing of snacks, meat, and other convenience foods. This deal intends to see the group grow its business operations in Europe. This move is also expected to broaden the reach of OSI Group operations, its portfolio, and its capabilities.

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The OSI Group’s Global Expansion

The OSI Group has been on a constant expansion campaign over the past several years. Their expansion strategy has mainly involved the acquisition of other food companies in different world regions whose business values and goals align with their own. Last year alone, the OSI Group’s growth and expansion agenda were well reflected with seven new facilities and productions acquired and developed around the world.

Company president David McDonald has revealed that the OSI Group’s growth is only concentrated on capacity, but also on the products offered to clients. The company has created a reputation for itself for producing food products that are customized for each market segment and maintaining a high quality for its retail clients. Through strategic partnerships with some clients, Mr. McDonald has explained that the company aims to help its suppliers achieve higher sales in future. It also allows consumers to gain access to their preferred food products, ranging from natural and organic products to premium specialties and not only having to purchase products that are merely affordable. The only thing that the OSI Group has refused to compromise on is their core value; the production of food products that are both healthy and tasty.

The OSI Group’s expansion strategy has been three-tiered. The first phase involved local expansion and finding opportunities in the domestic market. This was captured in the acquisition of a Tyson Foods plant in Chicago for 7.4 million dollars. Products at this factory include poultry, pork items, meatballs, and vegetables. In Europe, the OSI Group acquired Flagship Europe which is an already established company in the region. This way, they have been able to tap into their market and use their facilities to create a broader presence in the continent. Further, Deli Meats as well as Dutch food processing company Baho Foods have also joined the company. This has served to further consolidate the OSI Group’s presence in Europe by taking advantage of Baho’s far reach touching on 18 countries including Germany and the Netherlands. The global expansion strategy has involved an expansion into the Asian market with plants in China and India.

All these global partners and acquisitions have helped set the ISO Group apart as the leading food processing company in the world with a [presence in over 22 countries around the world. The robust growth that the company has experienced so far has been attributed to the able leadership of President David McDonald and chief executive officer Sheldon Lavin.

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