Since Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group in 1975, he has successfully led the company to become among the top privately owned food processing and distributing companies in the U.S. In 2011, OSI Group was ranked at number 136 among the largest privately owned companies in the U.S with an annual turnover of more than $3 billion. In 2016, OSI Group flexed its muscles and came down to position 58 of the largest privately owned companies in the U.S with a double annual turnover than that reported in 2011.
These figures indicate that OSI Group still stands tall among the popular food companies in the U.S. The food processor traces its roots back in Chicago where a German immigrant known as Otto Kolschoswky established a small butcher shop. The company, initially known as Otto & Sons focused on supplying fresh meat cuts to the local population. However, the company has now diversified product line to include other products such as sausage links, beef patties, poultry products, pork, fish and even organic vegetables.
The secret of remaining relevant for over a century
It still fascinates a lot of people how a company can remain at the top of the game for close to hundred years. Firstly, OSI industries were founded by revered businessman and a visionary leader. Mr. Kolschowsky was determined to ensure that his startup would live to see another century. He laid a solid business culture by providing quality products. As a result, he attracted more customers and grew his revenues. Even international brands such as the McDonalds noticed the role that OSI industries were playing in the food industry. These big brands were even ready to work with the OSI Industries.
OSI Group’s Leadership
Mr. Otto Kolschowsky is not the only great leader to serve in the company. In 1975, Sheldon Lavin began working with the OSI industries after he successfully helped the company to obtain financing for their expansion program. Sheldon Lavin proved to be a worthy asset for the company not only by helping them access finances but also penetrates foreign markets.
Sheldon Lavin’s undertakings at OSI Group
Sheldon Lavin acquired a 50 percent stake in the company in the 1980s. He immediately embarked on a journey to help OSI group expand to new markets. Under his watch, OSI Group has acquired numerous companies that include Flagship Europe, Tyson Foods, and Baho Food. The company also managed to open new processing facilities in China and other parts of the globe.
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