*A Closer look/ OSI Group:

OSI Group is an organization that supplies meat processors and other necessary equipment to the food industry. The organization was founded in the early 1900’s and remains a privately owned company. At present, OSI Group is headquartered outside of Chicago Illinois.

Sheldon Lavin is currently the CEO of OSI. Mr Lavin is one of the key decision makers within the company. Sheldon Lavin has extensive and successful experience within the food and meat packing industry. Early in his career, Sheldon Lavin started out providing financing to organizations seeking loans to start new food and meat related corporations. Mr. Lavin began his financing career in 1971. After two years as a financing officer, Lavin began to pursue other business and career interests.

By 1975, Sheldon Lavin was working for Otto & Sons. Otto & Sons was a meat processing organization. Lavin held several positions within the company until he became President of Otto & Sons Food Services Division. After a great deal of hard work and dedication, Lavin became CEO of OSI Group.

Sheldon Lavin as well as OSI Group underwent some structural changes. In the late 1990’s under the direction of Sheldon Lavin, OSI entered into a new agreement with Best Chicago Meat Company. According to the terms of the agreement, Best Chicago Meat Company was acquired by Glenmark Corporation. One significant change that took place was that OSI was now an exclusive supplier to several well known food service companies.

Sheldon Levin graduated from Syracuse University with a bachelor degree in Business Management. Levin has returned to the University to fulfill scheduled speaking engagements. For more info about us: https://www.thecaterer.com/articles/493412/osi-group-acquires-flagship-europe click here.

According to an article which appeared in February 2011 in Forbes, OSI Group had an estimated gross revenue of 5.3 Billion dollars. Forbes listed OSI as one of the top retail suppliers within the nation. OSI newest plants were opened in the early 2000’s. OSI’s newest distribution centers are located in Geneva as well as the West side of Chicago.

By 2008, OSI was producing a variety of private label foods. Some of the newer food products that OSI added to their distribution list are dough, pork and frozen pizza. In addition, OSI has become a direct supplier to Pizza Hut, Subway and other well known restaurant chains.

OSI Group received numerous awards over the years. The “Health & Safety Management Award” was given to OSI Group in 1981 and again in 2001. OSI follows strict guidelines which pertain to safety and proper storage of food products. Meats and other foods must be stored at controlled temperatures to prevent spoilage. OSI has received other awards for “Compliance of Environmental Standards”.

OSI continues to grow and expand their operations. Sheldon Lavin is certainly a valuable asset to OSI Group. He is a recognized leader and a successful businessman.