Sheldon Lavin is the chief executive officer and chief and chairman of the meat processing company OSI Group LLC. He recently sat down to talk about the company and his career background. Lavin had a number of intriguing things to say about the company as well as how he got started in the meat processing and distribution business. Prior to getting involved with OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin worked as a financial consultant. He went into financial consulting in order to give himself key knowledge on how to manage his own business one day. His academic background in both accounting and finance also played a role in his decision to get into his initial career.
Lavin became a part of OSI Group when he arranged financing for the first meat processing facility in West Chicago, Illinois. He provided capital for the Kolschowsky family to get funds to make improvements on the facility. During the next several years, Sheldon Lavin would then continue to be involved with the company and eventually become its owner. Once taking over OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin looked to grow the company and make it into a world class food processing enterprise. Over a span of two decades, Lavin helped expand the company to 17 countries worldwide. With this expansion, OSI Group would eventually become one of the top meat processing and supply companies in the entire world.
Sheldon Lavin revealed that OSI Group is located in 17 along with having over 70 facilities worldwide. The range of products the company sells include protein items, sauces, vegetable items and baked goods. All of these products have allowed the company to help many food retailers and restaurants get what they need to satisfy their customers. When taking over OSI Group, Lavin looked to make the company very entrepreneurial. This meant that the company would emphasize innovation and independence among all of the managers and employees. The company operates like a family where all of the employees and managers work together and support one another. The current entrepreneurial culture is one of the main reasons why OSI Group continues to be among the most successful companies in its industry.
OSI Food Solutions is a company that provides processed food products to its customers. The company has been operational for the past one century. In the period that the company has been operating. A lot of changes have happened. The company has developed from a butcher shop to now one of the leading companies in the world.
Under the leadership of CEO Sheldon Lavin, this company is now on the Forbes list of the top 100 private companies in the United States. OSI is currently valued at $6 billion. The company has grown tremendously in the past few decades, due to the impact of the top leadership.
OSI Food Solutions is expanding its operations further, this time focusing on areas that have high potential but are yet to be put under the company’s control. The main focus of the company currently seems to be in Europe. Europe has a high potential market for processed foods but OSI is yet to capture the market as they would wish. In the last three years, the company has made some huge strides towards putting this region under its control. They started by taking control of some big and high potential food companies in the region. Baho Food, a Dutch food company, is the first company from this region to be acquired by OSI.
OSI Food also acquired another UK food company known as Flagship Europe. This company was at the beginning of 2018 renamed Creative Foods. These two acquisitions have the potential to make OSI Food Solutions operation in Europe to gain momentum. The management at OSI right now is determined to see the company take control of this market. The focus that has placed in this region will definitely lead to success. The leadership has a keen eye on developments that are taking place in this industry and is trying as much as possible to become more prominent.
OSI Food Solutions is looking for organizations which offer them a chance to grow. In all the partnerships that they have made with other companies, they have retained the previous management teams. What they need is to have people who are near the customer. By training these people, the company can deal with issues that customers raise. The main objective of any business should be to follow what the customer wants. OSI Food Solutions is getting it right by working closely with the people who understand the customers more than the senior management do.