OSI Group: Expanding Internationally

The OSI Group, an American food processing company, is continuing to expand in the food manufacturing industry as they purchase other food companies. Since last year, they have purchased seven new facilities around the world. This growth allows the OSI Group to offer many more food choices to its customers.

OSI Group’s current CEO, Sheldon Lavin, is pushing OSI Group to grow globally. Currently, it operates in more than 65 facilities in 17 countries around the world. Levin, who has an academic background in finance and accounting, is on a mission to create a world class enterprise.

The OSI Group has spread in Europe with the purchase of Flagship Europe. Flagship Europe has expanded the company’s products, which includes hot dogs, bacon and hamburgers to frozen pies, dips, marinades and sauces. The availability of these new products helps to meet the evolving needs and desires of the customers.

As well, in August 2016, Baho Food, a Dutch manufacturing company of convenience foods, such as snacks and deli meats, also joined the OSI Group. Baho Food has subsidiaries throughout Germany and the Netherlands and provides food to 18 countries in Europe. Now, under the leadership of the OSI Group, they are planning to further increase their production and sales.

Not only is OSI Group expanding internationally, but they are also growing at home, in the USA. Last year, in June 2016, according to the Chicago Tribune, the OSI Group paid $7.4 million for a former Tyson Foods plant in Chicago. At the time, this food plant was on the verge of being shut down and would have cost the local community up to 500 jobs. The purchase not only gave more production options to OSI Group, but also allowed many of the employees to keep their jobs at the plant.

Due to their constant growth and development, the OSI Group has managed to stay at the top of the food market industry for years. They understand that careful and mindful management of food products includes taking into consideration the tastes of different cultures, which allows them to make connections around the world. Each time they acquire a new facility in a different country, they work hard to learn about the needs and desires of the locals in that international market area.

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Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group CEO Invests in People

Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant arrived in Oak Park, Illinois in 1909 and started a family meat market. By 1928, Otto & Sons were a thriving local market serving top-of-the-line meats to the locals in the Chicago suburbs. For many years, the locals of Illinois enjoyed Otto & Son’s fresh quality meats.

By 1955 Otto and Sons teamed up with McDonald’s a company just starting out. Otto & Sons cut a deal with McDonald’s. They agreed to supply McDonald’s with quality ground beef patties. However, Otto & Son needed solid funding. They needed an extra hand from investors for growing their business.

In 1970, Sheldon Lavin, owner of his own financial and consulting firm initially agreed to become Otto & Son’s financial consultant. During that time, Levin was established in the banking industry. However, he was about to become successful in meat industry. As an executive and investor, Lavin organized the funding for Otto & Sons. This business relationship grew over the years. Furthermore, the overseas investment markets began to look quite promising.

By 1975, Lavin had partnered with Otto & Sons. In the late 70’s Otto & Sons changed their business name to OSI Group and continued growing with McDonald’s. Additionally, in 1980, one of the original partners sold out of the OSI Group. This decision moved Lavin to the position of controller of half of OSI’s group interest. By now, Lavin was in a full-time partnership position with McDonald’s. Ultimately, after the last OSI partners retired, Lavin’s voting control escalated to 100%.

OSI is known throughout Europe Japan, China, Australia, South America, South Africa, India, the Philippines, and Brazil. Overall, sixteen countries and over 55 facilities are evidence of the growing demand for quality meats.

At the age of 81, Lavin is still servicing various countries with fine protein. Servicing through the McDonald’s system, OSI is the largest protein supplier. Lavin’s strong background in banking and investing played an important role in success. Lavin has an extensive list of his contributions and achievements.

Lavin believes that business thrives when “people first” remains on top of the list as important. The rate of turnover is less because people tend to stick around longer in a fun, family-oriented environment. He cares about people and families. Lavin and his late wife of 55 years raised three children. Mr. Lavin considers all employees as an extension of his worldwide family.

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