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OSI CEO Sheldon Lavin: The Power of Listening

Sheldon Lavin is considered to be one of the most respected and revered businessmen in modern times by many young entrepreneurs. His lifelong work in taking OSI Group from a locally based company to international leader has been recognized by not only those in the industry but governments as well who honored Sheldon Lavin with awards such as the Lifetime achievement award for service to the community by the city of Chicago.

Often young entrepreneurs attempt to replicate the success of Sheldon Lavin but fall short in really understanding that his success does not come from bunkering down alone and solving complex issues in an ill-lit office, instead Lavine takes into consideration all possible solutions from his team in which he then delegates various tasks to ensure the best possible solution. For example. a few years ago an expert contacted Sheldon Lavin about a possible shortage in the rapeseed oil industry due to a swarm of pests, this, in turn, allowed Mr.Lavin to purchase a large quantity of rapeseed oil ahead of time and save the company from dealing with a shortage in the future.

As previously stated, Sheldon Lavin managed to introduce OSI Group and the food industry in general to other parts of the world, including Europe where this particular industry has had a poor record through history relating to their waste and takeover of local markets.

Lavine in an effort to ensure that OSI Group was a different and better company began to focus on environmental conservation projects in those countries. This included investing large amounts of money in converting OSI facilities into the most environmentally friendly plants as possible while offering local ingredients that benefited both OSI and the community who sold them. Today, his leadership style and contributions to the conservation of the environment in business have led many Millennial entrepreneurs to attempt to match his leadership skills.

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OSI Group Contributions in the Food Industry

OSI Group,a leading food processing company, was founded in 1909 by Otto Kolschowsky. It started in Chicago, as a small butcher shop known as Otto $ Sons. Today, it has grown to a large company with over 65 branches and partners globally under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin as the CEO.

Its early growth occurred when Otto &Sons as made the primary supplier of hamburger to McDonald’s in 1955. In 1973 the company started a particular branch for supplies to McDonald’s. In the late 1970s, Lavin Sheldon partnered with the two sons of Otto. Lavin helped them achieve greater benefits than before. In 1975 the name was changed to OSI Group. With one brother selling his interest and the other retiring, Sheldon Lavin became the owner.

In the 1980s, OSI Group extended to Germany, Brazil, Taiwan, Spain, and Austria. In the 1990s, it grew into Poland, Mexico, China, and in the Philippines. OSI Group expanded its poultry operations on various continents. OSI industries entered the fresh produce market in 2002 through an acquisition in China. Also, the organization entered beef industry through an acquisition in Australia.

In 2006, OSI got an interest in a poultry company in the USA to meet the growing demands. The group expanded to Japan opening a beef production company in 2010. Before the end of 2015, it had branches in India, Canada and in other parts of USA. In 2014, OSI partnered with different organizations such as Pickstock in U.K allowing it distribute beef throughout Europe, Select Ready Foods allowing OSI expands its meat products in Canada. Moreover, it partnered with EDEKA, a well-known supermarket in Germany helping OSI sell its products.

In 2016, OSI Industries acquired an existing Tyson production plant in Chicago. The 200,000 square foot facility was convenient as it was near the company’s main facilities. Baho Food supplied OSI Group with food in 2016. Baho mainly operates in Netherlands and Germany. Therefore, it gave OSI a notable broader presence in Europe. OSI Group headquarteredin Aurora, Illinois works to satisfy all its clients.