When Sheldon Lavin took over OSI Group in 1975 it was already a 66-year-old food processing company. At the time its main business was supplying frozen beef patties to the fast food restaurant chain Mcdonald’s. When McDonald’s started to expand internationally he made sure his company rode shotgun and also did the same. As a result of this focus on growth and the success of his company it is now a multinational firm employing over 20,000 people around the globe.When McDonald’s decided to open restaurants in Germany, Sheldon Lavin partnered with a company there and they created a joint venture to supply Mcdonald’s. He did the same a few years later in Spain which was in 1980.
From the late 1980s to the early 1990s he expanded OSI Group into Austria, Mexico, Brazil, Poland, Hungary, and along the Pacific Rim. It was in 2001 that China joined the World Trade Organization. Sheldon Lavin could see that this was gigantic new market and he wanted to be in it. He created a wholly foreign-owned enterprise and other joint-ventures with Chinese companies in order to get his company well-positioned in that market. Ever since that time China has been a robust part of OSI Group’s international growth.While OSI Group is still a global supplier of products for McDonald’s they have long since expanded their customer-base.
They have other clients such as Subway, Burger King, Saizeriya, and Starbucks. Sheldon Lavin has also expanded beyond the beef his company was known for most of its history. OSI Group started processing poultry in 1996 when they bought Moy park, a United Kingdom company. He really expanded this part of the business in the early 2000s. In 2006 he bought Amick Farms which was located on America’s east coast. In China he built a joint venture called Weihai Poultry in order to start supplying that nation with poultry. Sheldon Lavin has also seen to it that his company can deliver much more complex products than patties. They can produce sausage links, pizza, chicken nuggets, and more. Even at 85 he continues to figure out ways to make his company always bigger and better.