Sheldon Lavin is a legend in the food industry. He is the longtime Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of OSI Group, LLC. The company is one of the top 100 food companies in America and a global leader in food processing and custom food solutions for the retail and foodservice sectors. Sheldon has an educational background in finance, business and accounting that he gained at Roosevelt University, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois. Sheldon first became associated with OSI Group while helping the original family owners to arrange financing for a planned expansion. The Kowlschowsky family was so impressed with Sheldon that they brought him into the company on a permanent basis. Ever since joining OSI Group, Sheldon has stuck to that mantra of expansion and has guided the organization on well thought out expansions across North America, Asia, Europe and South America. As a result of his leadership, OSI Group today operates 80 facilities in 17 countries globally.
Sheldon’s achievements at OSI Group were recognized in 2016 by India’s Vision World Academy. The academy annually presents its Global Visionary Award to individuals who have achieved great things through their perseverance. Sheldon Lavin was the proud recipient of this prestigious award, a true testament to his long and successful entrepreneurial career. It was part of an award-winning year for OSI Group as the company also took home the Globe of Honour from the British Safety Council in recognition of the company’s commitment to being environmentally sustainable. OSI Group received a 5-Star rating from the council in order to qualify for the prestigious award.
2016 also saw big moves for OSI Group in terms of European expansion. Two major European food companies, Baho Food and Flagship Europe were acquired by OSI Group as a huge boost to the company’s portfolio. Flagship has been rebranded as Creative Foods Europe. OSI Group also invested a large amount of money into the processing facility in Todelo, Spain in order to upgrade the production line at the facility. The additions to the production line have seen a doubling in the amount of processed chicken the facility is able to produce per year. Production has increased from 12,000 tons to 24,000 tons annually. These acquisitions and upgrades are all a part of OSI Group’s commitment to providing its customers with the top-notch customer service that they have come to expect from the big company that continues to pride itself on its family values.
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