The ability that Sheldon Lavin has shown in transforming the butcher shop and American Midwest based meat supplier Otto & Sons into a company the provides dough, vegetable, fish and meat products to consumers in 85 countries has made him a global icon. What makes it even more impressive is that Lavin’s background is in accounting and banking. He became involved in the food processing industry while helping Otto & Sons get the resources to better serve their customers in the Chicago area. Realizing the company’s growth potential, Lavin bought enough stock to control the company once the owners retired.
The work Sheldon Lavin has been able to do with the OSI Group is nothing short of amazing. By purchasing companies like Baho Foods, Flagship Europe and Amick Farms, building 10 poultry processing facilities in China and establishing food processing centers in Central and South America, Eastern Europe, Japan, India and Australia, he has taken an American niche market company and made it into an international powerhouse. What is just as impressive is Lavin’s ability to guide the company to produce foods specially conceived to satisfy people from many different cultures.
Even as the OSI Group has grown exponentially, Sheldon Lavin has never wavered in his commitment to creating the best environmental management and worker safety policies possible. Those policies have helped the OSI Group win the Globe of Honor from the British Safety Council several times as well as winning numerous awards for their ‘green’ practices from organizations all over the world. Lavin is also beloved by his employees because of his warm, welcoming attitude and the generous benefits he offers to his workers and their loved ones. To Lavin, the company’s family atmosphere is one of his proudest achievements.
But Sheldon Lavin has much more of which he can be proud. In addition to building the OSI Group into an international food processing leader, he is also a generous philanthropist who has supported a wide array of charitable causes for decades. His support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago has played an important role in the programs those organizations run. When the Global Vision Academy chose to honor Sheldon Lavin with their Global Visionary award, it was a fitting acknowledgement for the decades of positive work that he has done. building the OSI Group into a very successful global brand.
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