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Sheldon Lavin Strives For Continued Growth Of OSI Group

by Chris Holden - November 21st, 2019.
Filed under: CEO, Successful People.

OSI Group, LLC is an American meat & meatless processor and privately owned company headquartered in Aurora, Illinois. When Sheldon Lavin joined the company as an independent financial consultant in 1970, he was a young entrepreneur seeking success. His works entailed raising capital for building its first processor in Chicago to fulfill a supplier partnership with McDonald’s Corporation. After years of working with Otto & Sons, Inc, the former name of OSI Group, he formed a long-lasting relationship with the Kolschowshy family. He adopted the vision of Founder Otto Kolschowshy in striving for continue growth.

Timeline of Company’s Growth

When Otto Kolschowshy came to Chicago in the US, he built his meat and butchering business from 1909 to 1928. He named his company Otto & Sons and won his first contract with McDonald’s in 1955 as its meat supplier. Sixteen years later, Mr. Kolschowshy hired Sheldon Lavin to use his expertise in financing and accounting to expand locally. Lavin raised funds to build the company’s first facility only for processing beef patties for McDonald’s.

Sheldon Lavin worked with the Kolschowshy family to open the Utah facility in West Jordan in 1977. A year later, he introduced OSI to German markets and formed a joint venture agreement with Lutz Fleischawaren AG. Germany is the birthplace of Otto Kolschowshy which was an honor to expand his company. Between 1978 to 1980, Mr. Lavin continued expansion to Spain and Brazil. He has facilities, offices and branches in 17 countries.

Sheldon Lavin holds a bachelor of science degree in business from Roosevelt University. After receiving a BS, he studied finance and accounting while gaining knowledge in financials, investments and negotiation. While working under the leadership of Otto Kolschowshy, Lavin learned about the food production industry and embraced his vision.

When Mr. Kolschowshy and his sons retired from the company, he acquired ownership of OSI Group and its affiliates. Mr. Lavin serves as CEO and Chairman of OSI Group and continues with strategies for further growth. OSI’s latest partnership is with Impossible Foods to co-manufacture meatless patties. OSI is a supplier for Burger King, which introduced the Impossible Burger this year.

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