Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group in the 1970s at a time the company was looking for financing to fund its global growth. He came in at a time the sons of Otto Kolschowsky were about to retire and they needed a strategic partner. Judging from his background, the opportunity to get into the community is a dream come true. Having pursued in the direction of accounting and finance, he always wanted to be part of a business he serves.
OSI Group was started as a neighborhood butcher shop by Otto Kolschowsky, a German immigrant to the United States. In the 1970s, Sheldon Lavin helped the company to get financing for its first meat processing facility. Afterward, he became continuously involved with the company and at one point, he was made a partner in the company. The company which was previously called Otto & Sons was rebranded into OSI Industries in 1975.
When Sheldon came on board, he had one vision for the largest meat products processor in the world. He wanted to help it to grow to become a world class food processor. His vision has helped the company to navigate the marketplace and grow into 17 countries across the world with more than 70 facilities. The company’s product line is focused on protein products, some sauces, vegetable items as well as baked goods.
According to Sheldon Lavin, the family culture in the company has enabled it to do business in the best way possible. OSI Group does not operate like any other company. While it has levels of responsibility, rules and strategies to be followed and budgetary limits, the company established a family culture whereby they operate like a family. The culture has helped the food provider to evolve and serve its customers the best way possible.
The company has relied upon innovations to come up with solutions that streamlines its operations. Sheldon Lavin came on board with an innovative mindset and while it was highly nurtured at the company, he has always had a thing for innovation. OSI combines the technological innovations with the family culture to thrive in the market. Its corporate offices are open for employees to express their ideas and share their thoughts.