It has been more than years since Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group as a partner towards the end of the leadership of the Otto brothers at Otto & Sons, now OSI Group. His experience as a banking executive and investment has pushed OSI to its current glory of global growth. Since taking control of the leadership at OSI Group, Sheldon’s main objective at the company was to expand the operations of the company to various states continually and probably to other countries.
His dream and objective finally came to be, with acquisitions and joint ventures being the main business strategy for OSI Group. Lately, Sheldon Lavin has also paid close attention to green innovations. With a pool of over 20,000 employees worldwide, Sheldon has put in a lot of work to ensure that the company’s culture remains uniform across all their branches and franchises. Even in his old age, Sheldon Lavin is still committed to maintaining a sustainable supply of products and reducing negative environmental impact.
Sheldon Lavin started pursuing his goal of expansion once the new millennium arrived. He aggressively expanded the company’s poultry operations to several countries. Early acquisitions in China marked the company’s first major break into the fresh produce market. A follow-up acquisition in Australia saw the company expand its operations in the beef industry away from home. Back at home, OSI Group also acquired a stake in an American poultry firm. Further acquisitions followed in Japan in 2010, strengthening its beef operations in the country. Before 2015, the company had already expanded to Canada, not to mention the numerous plants it had opened in the US.
The most notable acquisitions and joint ventures have seen OSI Group expand its operations to the UK, Canada, Germany, and the Netherlands. The recent entry into a joint venture with UK-based Pickstock in 2014 allowed OSI Group to expand beef distribution throughout Europe. At the same time, it gave Pickstock an opportunity to grow and create its brand. Another acquisition, this time of Tyson in Illinois, gave OSI Group abundant and convenient storage space since the plant was close to the company’s central facility. OSI Group’s acquisitions did not stop there, with later addition of Baha Food, which produced and supplied foods to Germany and Netherlands, continued to give OSI Group a broader continental reach. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin receives Global Visionary Award.
Even at 85 years of age, Sheldon Lavin doesn’t seem to slow his pace on maintaining the OSI Group’s brand. He has also been keen on making social contributions to workers and societies all over the world. Sheldon also continues to support people’s well-being by donating to various charities.
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