At 85, Sheldon Lavin Shows No Sign of Slowing

Today, OSI Group is one of the most prominent companies in the food processing industry, with over 65 locations around the world. Originally a family-owned butcher shop, the company, then known as Otto and Sons, would forge a bond with the McDonald’s Corporation, that would take both entities to new heights. In early 1970, Sheldon Lavin was a very successful investor and banking executive, and he also operated a consulting firm, but he was relatively new to the food processing industry when he was asked to help secure financial backing in Otto and Sons’ deal with McDonald’s. It was his zest for life, and his need to bring change to the world that ushered him into the industry. The funding would allow Otto and Sons to build a new plant that would be dedicated to serving the growing burger chain. By the mid-1970’s, the future Chief Executive Officer would have become significantly more involved with the business aspects of Otto and Sons, and in 1975, the company would be rebranded OSI Group. Over the next decade, Sheldon Lavin would play a significant role in the rapid expansion of OSI Group. Plants in new territories such as the Philippines and Taiwan, where being developed, all under the direction of their most forward-thinking executive, Sheldon Lavin.

Through careful planning and strategic investments, Sheldon Lavin and his team have made a number of lucrative acquisitions, as well as a variety of joint ventures. With sustainability being such an important responsibility for Mr. Lavin and OSI Group, he has made a consistent effort to continue to improve his environmental footprint by going green whenever and wherever possible. For his achievements in the world of philanthropy, he has been presented with a number of reputable awards, including the Global Visionary Award. He also regularly contributes to Ronald McDonald House Foundation, who help families that are dealing with illnesses around the world. Sheldon Lavin continues to be active in the daily activities regarding OSI Group, but he also understands the value of having a strong team, for which he often utilizes a system of delegation.

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