The story of OSI Group is the story of constant innovation and growth. Behind a large chunk of that innovation and growth has been none other than longtime CEO and Board Chairman Sheldon Lavin. Since the 1970s, Sheldon has been a leading figure at the company and has pushed an agenda of expansion that has seen OSI Group grow to the point that today it has operations in seventeen countries. This expansion has been fueled by a combination of mergers, acquisitions and upgrades. Along the way, Sheldon Lavin has made sure that the company has stuck to its family-value oriented culture as well as maintaining its complete commitment in the area of customer service.
Before the years of global expansion started to get going strong, OSI Group got its beginnings in the Chicago area just under a decade after the opening of the Twentieth-Century. In the early years of operation, the company was but a local butcher shop. OSI’s founding family the Kolchowsky’s eventually transitioned into wholesale distribution and food processing and this is what really started the company down its eventual path to global expansion. OSI became one of the suppliers for McDonald’s restaurants in the 1950s and this was a huge overall boost to the company’s fortunes. By the time Sheldon Lavin came on board in the 1970s, the company was primed for expansion beyond the United States market.
It was the run that OSI made in the 70s and 80s that saw the company expand globally to markets such as South America, Asia and Europe and today the company has further expanded to markets such as Australia. A recent merger with Australian firm Turi Foods has seen OSI Group gain valuable position in Australia, yet another feather in Sheldon Lavin’s cap.
Expansion was on the menu for OSI Group recently in Spain as the Sheldon Lavin policy of upgrading existing facilities when possible was utilized in Toledo, Spain. The OSI facility located in that city has been able to produce twice as much processed chicken as it was previously capable of. This is due to a new production line with high capacity that OSI officials had installed in the facility. This has been a huge move for the company’s operations in this area of the world as this facility supplies Spain and Portugal. This expansion at this facility is instrumental in helping to company the meet the demand for this product that is currently prevailing in this region.