Sheldon Lavin is The Chief Executive Officer of the OSI Group. The OSI Group is one of the largest food providers in The World. Over the years, the OSI Group has evolved from a small company into a major corporate business that operates in many countries around the World.
The early years of the OSI Group can be traced back to Chicago, Illinois. German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky opened a meat market and butcher shop to serve the community. The initial store opening was a success, which allowed the business to expand into other cities throughout Illinois.
After the second World War, many suburbs began thriving as a result of a postwar economic expansion. During this time period, Ray Kroc opened the first McDonald’s restaurant. Kroc reached an agreement with Otto Kolschowsky’s sons for them to serve as McDonald’s first supplier of fresh ground beef. The partnership between Kroc and Otto & Sons would prove to be profitable for everyone involved.
Otto & Sons faced pressure to create a consistent product. The invention of flash freezing opened up new opportunities within the food industry. Otto & Sons eventually became one of McDonald’s core suppliers once the franchise consolidated its supply chain. Otto & Sons opened its first McDonald’s based product line in West Chicago. The plant featured new technology that allowed the machines to flash freeze hamburger patties. After a few years, Otto & Sons became OSI Industries. Sheldon Lavin joined the company by serving as an investment consultant. Sheldon Lavin played a pivotal role in helping OSI’s capitalization strategy.
As OSI began to spread their business across The United States, they broke into the international markets by creating joint ventures with McDonald’s in Germany and Spain. Thanks to the growth in the international sector, Sheldon Lavin eventually became CEO of The OSI Group. Lavin’s experience as an investor and executive helped the company reach another growth phase. The OSI Group spread their business operations into South America, Australia and Asia. The OSI Group has also opened two culinary innovation centers within the last few years.
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