Sheldon Lavin has spent decades making an impact on the food manufacturing industry. He joined OSI Group over 40 years ago. Lavin was originally a banker who had his own consulting firm. He was introduced to the founders Otto and Sons in the 1950’s. Otto and Sons was a family-owned meat supplier in the Chicago area. They had been approached by Ray Kroc and the McDonald’s Corporation to be their supplier in Illinois.
Accepting the contract from the McDonald’s Corporation was a huge undertaking. Sheldon Lavin was asked to get involved as a consultant in the situation. Leaders at the McDonald’s Corporation developed a great relationship with Sheldon Lavin and the founders of Otto and Sons. They were bringing new concepts to the industry that were setting them apart from the other manufacturers that the McDonald’s Corporation was using.
Otto and Sons went on to build a state-of-the-art processing facility that catered to the specific needs of McDonald’s. This facility featured cryogenic freezing chambers that allowed them to store a tremendous amount of product and deliver it freshly to the restaurants. Otto and Sons also introduced the meat patty cutting machine. The meat patty cutting machine gave the company the ability to present a ready-made product to the McDonald’s Corporation. The invention maximized the use of product and saved money.
The original founders of Otto and Sons eventually settled into retirement. Sheldon Lavin evolved as the chairman and CEO of the company. Otto and Sons became known as OSI Group and Sheldon Lavin started to conduct international business within the industry
Lavin has kept OSI Group at the forefront of its industry by creating opportunity for expansion as often as possible. The foundation of the company’s strength is its personnel. OSI features an international staff of over 20,000 employees. Despite the size of the workforce there is very little turnover among OSI Group staff.