OSI Industries has grown to one of the sustainable food producers in the world due to the excellent leadership of its Chief Executive Officer, Sheldon Lavin. However, the company has undergone through many challenges since its foundation in 1909. Despite these challenges, OSI Industries is an award-winning company because of its diversification and innovation efforts. Currently, OSI is among the largest food producers and processors globally. It started operation as a small butcher shop in Oak Park Illinois run by a German immigrant called Otto Kolschowsky and named the business Otto and Sons. The butcher won a tender to supply the McDonald’s chain of Restaurants with beef products. McDonald’s is one of the successful global food conglomerates since last century. The order helped the butchery in a significant way, and it marked the beginning of its expansion.
Sheldon Lavin has contributed very much in the company’s spectacular growth since the mid-1970s in his capacity as a partner and Chairman. Sheldon has guided the company in acknowledging upcoming and new technologies and strategies to conserve environment as well as increase productivity. As the company continues with its operations and operational decisions, sustainability is one of its core prisms. The company continues to adapt its new strategies and techniques in line with the desire for sustainable and environmentally friendly food processing and production. This process has led OSI Industries under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin win various sustainability awards. These awards include the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honor, the California Green Business Award, the North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award, and the Global Visionary Award. Lavin believes that the awards are because of a long and industrious career.
Prior to joining OSI Industries, Sheldon Lavin used to work in the banking sector as an investment manager as well as a bank executive. During his tenure at the banking sector, he used to meet with the management of Otto and sons as they looked for funds to expand the company. Sheldon participated in the process of arranging for the company’s financing, and the company requested him to have a stake in the company. He did not accept the offer though but became the company’s consultant until 1975 when he became a partner to date.