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Sheldon Lavin began his career in the banking industry. He was an unlikely candidate to become the CEO of one of the largest food manufacturers in the world. However, Lavin has remained the leader of OSI group for over 40 years. He is noted for the ability to anticipate change and push his company towards a path of growth and success. OSI Group has made an impact on every aspect of the food manufacturing industry. It has come a long way from its family owned roots as a Mid-western meat market in early 1900’s.

Sheldon Lavin worked in the banking industry and had his own financial consulting company. He came across a local meat manufacturer known as Otto and Sons. The company was working hand-in-hand with the McDonald’s Corporation. Otto and Sons was growing by leaps and bounds due to its relationship with the restaurant giant. There business dealings had gone so well that they were eventually selected to be one of McDonald’s primary suppliers of meat.

Otto and Sons would need to build a new meat processing plant in order to live up to the contract that it had with McDonalds. Sheldon Lavin was brought in as a consultant to work with both sides and ensure smooth operations on the deal. Lavin developed a great relationship with both Otto and Sons and McDonald’s. Eventually his role grew in capacity. It was suggested that he become a full-time partner with Otto and Sons. Otto and Sons achieved a tremendous amount of success as a result of its business with the McDonald’s Corporation. By 1975 the company became known as OSI Group and was prepared to push into international territory. The original owners were ready to retire. Sheldon Lavin was selected to guide the organization toward the vision that its leaders had set forth.

Sheldon Levin is an aggressive Chairman who believes that growth is the foundation of his company’s business model. He has been able to sustain consistent expansion over the decades by recruiting the right talent and developing great relationships with other food manufacturing businesses around the world. OSI Group has been able to maintain its staff as it looks for employees who want to make a career with the organization.

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