Sheldon Lavin: Leading global expansion of the OSI group

Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of the OSI Group, a top food processing company in the world. It is based in Illinois, United States. The company has grown from a very humble beginning in 1909 to now that it is leading globally in the production of protein foods. Under the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group now has a presence in 17 countries and has over 65 facilities in different locations all over the world. The company has invested in expansion programs since the 1980s. Since Sheldon Lavin joined in 1975, the company took a change for the better. It has been growing its business operations to more and more countries. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin receives Global Visionary Award.

In recent years, one of the things he has done is to build the company’s dominance in the local and international market. The main approach being used by the company is the acquisition of food companies in different countries. In 2016, OSI Group acquired Tyson Food Plant located in Chicago at a cost of $7.4 million. Tyson food pant was convenient to OSI Group because it is located near the headquarters of the company. The plant occupies 200,000 square feet which is sufficient for storage needs of the company. It also leaves room for future expansion.

Another acquisition that was made by OSI Group is Baho Food. This is Dutch company which distributes meat products to Germany and Netherlands. It is a private company and therefore convenient for acquisition by OSI Group. Baho Food is established not just within these two countries but 14 others in Europe where it operates through subsidiaries. Through the leadership of Sheldon Lavin, the company is making expansion processes as efficient as possible.

Sheldon Lavin is determined to take over food supplies in Europe. It recently acquired another company known as “Flagship Europe,” and which was recently named “Creative Foods.” through these acquisitions, the company hopes to influence food production practice in the world. OSI Group is leading in the application of green technologies in food production.

Sheldon Lavin joined OSI Group in 1975, just as it was about to go global. He was brought in for this role. He was to lead the company in moving its operations outside the United States. This is a task that needed someone with experience in corporate management like Sheldon who had been working in the banking sector as an executive. He is behind the growth in the company for the last four decades.

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