How Sheldon Lavin’s Vision Greatly Expanded The Scope Of OSI Group

Sheldon Lavin is a successful businessman who owns and is the top executive of OSI Group, LLC. His company, based in Aurora, Illinois, is an international food processing company for which he is the chairman and chief executive officer. He took over the company in the mid-1970’s, which at the time was a smaller company that only operated in the United States. His vision was to greatly expand the scope of the company and he has been very successful at this as it is now the 58th largest private company in the United States.

Prior to taking over OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin worked in the financial industry. He learned how to manage large-scale companies. He has also developed the skill it takes to manage complex global food supply chains. His company sells their processed foods to both restaurants around the world as well as to grocery stores who sell them as private label products. The food industry is ever changing and Lavin has established his skill at following changing consumer trends when it comes to food as well as managing resource shortages and other challenges a company often faces.

Food safety and environmentally sustainable practices are two areas that OSI Group has focused on under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership. His company has won numerous awards in both North America and Europe due to this focus. A recent big achievement happened in December 2016 when his subsidiary, OSI Food Solutions UK, won the Globe of Honour Award from the British Safety Council due to its environmental risks management. He has also been responsible for OSI Group winning a number of awards related to the handling of animals in an ethical manner.

At OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin has always understood the role that technology plays in running a company. This is true in processing the food as well as general management of the company. He says that he increasingly uses technology to market his products to the company’s clients. This is done through internet marketing, especially on social media sites. He says he has a team focused on marketing technological trends and when a new way is found he has it built into his business model.

Beyond his role at OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin is a philanthropist. As one example he has been a leader at the Ronald McDonald House Foundation. He often makes large donations to this nonprofit as well.

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David Mcdonald, OSI Group President

Mr. David McDonald is the President and Chief Operating Officer of OSI Group/Industries, the world’s leading manufacturer, packager and distributor of customized foods.

Born in Iowa, David McDonald grew up and helped with chores on his family’s farm when he was a younger.

Later on, he enrolled into the Iowa State University, where he received honors and a Bachelor’s in Animal Science.

After graduating, he moved to Chicago and began working for OSI Group/Industries. He progressed until he landed in the current roles as President and COO.

David McDonald is committed to making sure OSI Group/Industries maintain its sustainability.

Some actions the company is taking are…

*Supporting sustainable fishing by purchasing only 100 percent Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified Alaskan Pollock from reputable suppliers…This is an administration that is concerned with protecting the oceans and making sure they remain abundant in sea life.

*Purchasing certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) for their products. Certified sustainable palm oil is grown in the Amazon on land that has no wildlife or essential plants and meets the stringent standard of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) organization.

* Teaching farmers in India, how to preserve the fertility and productivity of their land… This is a program spearheaded by OSI Group/Industries after discovering studies stating the farmer’s soil had a nutrient imbalance from various issues, such as misapplication of fertilizers and erosion.

David McDonald also has sustainable systems in place for the animals, including the cattle, pigs and chickens.

In the meantime, OSI Food Group/Industries is expanding around the globe. It has more than 65 facilities in 17 countries and employs roughly 20,000.

His intentions are to continue to grow the enterprise by working with his business partners to acquire and improve additional facilities and joint ventures with other food services companies.

When he is not busy with OSI business, David is supporting different causes.

He was the reason OSI Group/Industries gave 252,000 pounds of meat from its North American plants to the Food Banks in this country. The donation made life a little more bearable for those who had financial issues because of the economy.

He is a big supporter of Iowa State University, which includes Alpha Gamma Rho, his fraternity.

In 2004, McDonald was presented with the ISU’s Young Alumni Award.

Mr. David McDonald and his wife Malinda live in Warrenville, Illinois and have six children. Two are students at Iowa State University and the four has plans to follow in the same tradition.

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OSI Industries Is Expanding Into Europe

The acquisition of Baho Foods and Flagship Food Group are a significant advance for the OSI team. The company was looking to expand its presence in the European region and needed the form relationships in order to accomplish the task. Baho Foods and Flagship Food Group are both excited to join forces with an international, multi-billion-dollar company. These resources will help the European partners open more doors to expand their own companies.

Baho Foods has a working business model that compliments OSI’s objectives according to company CEO David G McDonald. They are looking to work with the leadership at Baho Foods to create a dynamic that will allow both organizations to move forward. Baho Foods has five other subsidiary companies that will be of great use to OSI Industries. The new partner already provides service to customers in 18 different European countries. Executive leadership will remain in place and work together with OSI Industries leaders.

Flagship Food Group is another European acquisition made by OSI that is expected to be a tremendous resource. The company provides Oliver James pies, mayonnaise, dressings, sauces and frozen poultry throughout the United Kingdom.

OSI Industries has made acquisitions in the United States as well. The purchase of Tyson Foods saved hundreds of jobs as the company was looking to close its doors. The purchase was made for 7.4 million dollars and will keep the long-running Chicago food manufacturer in place. There were an expected 480 jobs to be lost had the closure happened. OSI was able to save these jobs and also offer lateral movement positions for employees at Tyson Foods with OSI Industries.

OSI has a diverse business platform that has evolved over many decades. The company began as a family owned business in the early 1900s and eventually became the primary supplier of meat to the McDonald’s organization. They now manufacture several different food products including vegetables, poultry, pizza, fish, bacon, hot dogs and meat patties.

There are plants throughout the United States, as well as the Asia-Pacific. OSI Industries was ranked by Forbes as the 58th largest privately owned company in America in 2016. for more.

Shelon Lavin, OSI Family Man

Shelon Lavin didn’t start out in the food industry; he enjoyed a successful career as an investor, an executive in the banking industry and even started his own financial consulting firm before being a part of OSI. Lavin started in the meat industry in 1970, when he arranged a loan for Otto & Sons, and becoming a consultant. In the late 1970’s, Sheldon Levin was asked to come into OSI (changed from Otto & Sons) full time. OSI expanded in North America and Europe in the 70’s and in the 1980’s further expanded into South America and Taiwan; at this time Levin had a half controlling interest in OSI Group. Thirteen years later, when the last remaining partner retired, Lavin gained 100% voting control. He wouldn’t have stayed with OSI unless he could make it into something big, and he has. OSI now reaches South Africa, India, China, the Philippines, and Australia. Contact with Sheldon .

Even in his 80’s, Shelon Lavin is still active with not just OSI, but charities such as the Ronald McDonald House Charites, Jewish United Fund, United Negro College Fund, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, Evans Scholarship Fund, The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Boys and Girls Club of Chicago, and many other national and local charities. Lavin has won service awards for his work; President and Director of the Sheba Foundation, a family charitable foundation, Trustee for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Board member of Rush University Medical Center, Board member of the Goodman Theatre, and many other awards from his involvement in business and non-profit activities.OSI’s Sheldon Lavin Receives Global Visionary Award.

Shelon Lavin has a mind for business, and a passion for people. He was married for 55 years, until his wife passed away, and they have 3 children who have children of their own. He considers the OSI employee’s to be a part of his extended family, and is very proud to be a part of the OSI family. He is excited that OSI has gone global and continues to grow, as OSI now has more than 55 facilities in 16 countries, with no end in sight. for more .