McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and many other fast food restaurants all boast of mouth-watering options on their menus, but not a lot is known about where all those delicious burgers come from. Many of them are produced by Sheldon Lavin’s company, OSI Food Group. Lavin has built this company into a tremendous meat wholesale place that’s mass produced both supermarket packaged meat and prepared meats for restaurants. Lavin’s also upheld a family way of running this company because he understands how important people are and creating a culture of positivity in the workplace and having an open door have been his favorite things about OSI.
Before Lavin came to OSI Food Group, known as Otto & Sons at the time, he was a financial consultant who ran his own boutique firm. He had planned after leaving banking to stick to this business until retirement. It was here though that the Kolschowsky sons who owned Otto & Sons approached him to direct the company’s investments in new factories and distribution centers in the US and abroad. Lavin started making the company more profitable and at the insistence of the Kolschowskys and their McDonald’s partners, Lavin agreed to become CEO. In time he was sold all the majority of company shares, and he invested even more in operations abroad that he had it renamed to OSI Industries. He later brought in David McDonald to serve as co-owner and president alongside him.
Lavin has not only been able to take OSI Industries everywhere McDonald’s and other restaurants have operated, he’s also been able to implement good safety features in employee safety working with dangerous tools, and making sure the meats are free of diseases. He helped OSI win several awards including the Globe of Honour presented by the British Safety Council. His strategic acquisitions such as Baho Food and Flagship Europe have increased sales in the European markets, and also have been part of the reason he was the recipient of the Global Visionary award in 2016. Lavin also has been recognized for philanthropy and community involvement such as serving at the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, the Boys & Girls Club and Ronald McDonald House Charities. He’s also on the board of the Jewish United Fund.