Sheldon Lavin is currently the Chief Executive Officer and chairperson of the OSI group of companies, which is are privately owned companies known for meat processing that services the retail and food service industries. Their headquarters are in Aurora, Illinois but they have branches in at least seventeen countries around the globe. Since 1970, Sheldon has been working with OSI Group when it was still known as Otto & Sons. He was appointed as the partner in 1975 and became dedicated to his work full time. Sheldon is the man behind the expansion of the company from a small Chicago-based operation to other parts of the country and worldwide. It is quite evident from the acquisition of Baho Food in Germany and Flagship Europe, Sheldon Lavin is moving forward to expand the presence of OSI Group in every part of Europe.
Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin OSI food solutions, Spain added a high capacity chicken production line to its existing operation in Toledo on August 2017 and it cost them 17 million Euros. The quantity and quality of chicken products have doubled 12,000 tons. Twenty new jobs have been created which has been of great benefit to the locals. They have a new surveillance and firefighting system that is part of improving the security of the plant. It is not surprising since in August 2006 OSI Group acquired Amick Farms to expand their meat-processing base. In 2016, OSI Group also bought the former Tyson plant in Chicago that has helped in increasing its branches in North American production activities. Also, they opened a plant in California to process and distribute beans, rice and tofu products.
Sheldon Lavin believes in giving back to the society, and that is why he is involved with many charities like Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Evans Scholarship Fund, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Jewish United Fund among others as a board of trustees. The Global Visionary Award was awarded to Sheldon Lavin on 20th February 2016, by India’s Vision World Academy in India. It was the fifth time that the Academy held the ceremony to honor different people for their extraordinary work. The award recognizes people in various sectors that have accomplished their dreams through perseverance and had a vision of the more prominent picture they want to achieve. Apart from Sheldon winning several awards, OSI Group has received other distinct awards such as the Globe of Honor Award that was awarded by the British Safety Council. The award recognized organizations that had developed creative means of curbing environmental pollution. Forbes ranked OSI Group top 100 as the 66th company in the food and beverage market. According to his interview with CEOCFO magazine, Sheldon’s vision is to grow the company to be an excellent food processing enterprise.
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