In 2016 Sheldon Lavin, the chairman and CEO of OSI was honored with a Global Visionary Award from India’s Vision World Academy. Lavin has led his company to become a multimillion-dollar food processing operation with 65 locations in 17 countries throughout the world. Laving is the fifth visionary VWA has honored in as many years. Sheldon Lavin first entered the professional world by studying accounting and finance at the University of Illinois and Northwestern University and then earning his B.S. in Business from Roosevelt University.
Sheldon Lavin would then run his own financial consulting firm for the next 15 years before becoming involved with Otto & Sons (which would change its name to OSI Industries) in the early 70s. He officially joined it as an employee in 1975. From that point until 1990 he would aid OSI to add services in Brazil, Austria, Mexico, Hungary, Poland, Taiwan, and China. In the 2000’s it would start processing poultry for the first time. In its many years of existence, OSI has formed partnerships and agreements with many different resteraunts. Its biggest since the 1950s remains with the fast-food restaurant chain, McDonald’s.
OSI was first founded in 1909 by the German immigrant, Otto Kolschowsky. His small butcher shop expanded much over the next two decades and in 1928 he named his successful enterprise Otto & Sons. Otto’s two son first formed their partnerhip with McDonld’s in 1955. It would solidify that relationship in 1960’s by perfecting the liquid nitrogen quick freezing process. OSI takes pride in that it is continually adding to its top quality services and operations. Today its many facilities worldwide each specialize in things such as meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, and specialty-dough products.
In recent years, its biggest new projects have been in Europe and Asia. Sheldon Lavin has led OSI to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities since taking the leadership of the company.