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Sheldon Lavin has enjoyed a long and storied existence in the food processing industry. Lavin, who is now part of OSI Food Group, performs a number of functions for the company including being the active President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer of the company.

Lavin has worked in the industry since the 1970’s when he helped finance a family business that was to be called Otto & Sons. This business would grow exponentially and later become the company that is now known as the OSI Group.

Sheldon Lavin took a moment recently to answer a few questions regarding his experiences and insights into the food processing industry.

What Is It That You Like About Financial Consulting

My educational background was in the fields of finance and accounting and it had always been a dream of mine to work for a company that in fact owned. This field provided the perfect opportunity to realize my dream while working in a field I had known about.

How Did You Get Your Start In The Meat Processing Business

I played a part in arranging the financing for the Kolschowsky family when they opened their first plant to process meat on the west side of Chicago. The company was first named after its owner and was known as Otto & Sons. Different things happened over the years and I would eventually gain ownership of the company that is now known as OSI Group.

What Was Your Earliest Vision For OSI

From the start, my goal was to see the company grow to its fullest possible potential and to become a leader in the industry.

How Would You Quantify OSI’s Global Reach Today

OSI now maintains more than 80 facilities located in 17 countries across the globe. We concentrate mostly on meat and protein products but do produce a few vegetable items, baked goods, and sauces of various sorts.

Can You Speak A Little About The Culture At OSI

We are a close-knit group at OSI and I am extremely proud of everyone that works for us. The door to my office, along with my ear, is always available. We eat lunch together whenever at the corporate office and everyone is on a first name basis. For instance, I am known as either Sheldon or Shelly within company ranks.

What Do You See In The Company’s Future

I want to see a continued expansion along with the further career development of all the talented people that perform duties for us.

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