For over 43 years, Sheldon Lavin has transformed OSI Group from a family owned company to a worldwide leader and supplier of food products. His efforts have seen the group operations extend in 17 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America having over 70 facilities between them. He is the CEO and chairperson of OSI Group which is the umbrella company housing OSI International Foods, LLC, and OSI Industries.
Before joining OSI, Sheldon Lavin worked as a financial consultant having studied accounting and finance in the 1970s. Sheldon Lavin secured funding for OSI expansion plans, later becoming a partner with two of Otto sons. The first son sold out his company shares leaving Sheldon with a 50% stake before the other retired leaving him with a 100% control of the company. At this point late in the 1980s, he dedicated his efforts in transforming OSI into a big venture. With significant poultry facilities in China and elsewhere, OSI is taking the lead in the global food market.
In 2016, he received the Global Visionary Award honored by India Vision World Academy. This was due to his relentless efforts to realize his dream with OSI demonstrating perseverance and persistence to reach OSI’s current milestones as a multibillion-dollar firm. Moreover, OSI received the 016 Globe of Honor awarded to OSI Food Solutions UK by the British Safety Council for safety and risk management efforts.
OSI acquired Amick Farms, a high-quality chicken processing portfolio in 2006 that is based on values quality, integrity and service combined with new technology. This was followed by increased expansion plans such as the 2015 acquisition of a Tyson Food plant in Chicago that was closing down. With a capacity of 200,000 sq. ft the facility will enhance the storage and infrastructure capacity of another OSI Plant in Chicago in support of its business operations. The facility serves tempura chicken, crepes, omelets, and meatballs which will enrich OSI products.
The Company has seen increased expansion in Europe evidenced by various acquisitions. OSI acquired Baho Foods which operates in the Netherlands and Germany. Baho Foods makes snacks, deli meats, and convenience foods. Another acquired company is Flagship Europe in 2016. This maker of poultry, pies, dips, mayonnaise, and sauces serves the UK markets. In Spain, OSI acquired a production line in Toledo which will see the line double its chicken production from 12,00 tons to 24,000 tons per year. This follows demand for poultry in Spain and Portugal.