OSI Food Solutions is a food production company with its headquarters in Aurora, Illinois, and multiple expansions globally. The company operates fast food chains and grocery stores dealing with the production of pork, beef and chicken products. With increased demand for chicken products, the company has recently increased its production capacity up to double the amount produced previously. OSI received an award from the Chamber of Commerce in 2016 for its commitment to creating employment through increased purchase from chicken producers and the recruitment of additional staff in the company.
OSI Group began as a retail butchery store which was later renamed to Otto and Sons. In 1975, the company underwent a transition to OSI Group as it is known to date. Sheldon Lavin took over the company 40 years ago. He had been serving as the company’s investment consultant and was asked to join in a partnership with the Otto sons as their father left for retirement. Sheldon has seen the company through great achievements from a hamburger supplier to a multinational food supplier operating in more than 17 countries. Sheldon’s prior experience as an Investment expert was very crucial in this development.
The company is known for its security measures for employees and products including surveillance systems, perimeter access control, advanced fire suppression systems, outdoor and indoor cameras. The company has taken drastic measures to cut production costs in the recent past. This includes recycling machine-created heat to reduce electricity use. Under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership, the company has had numerous acquisitions over the years including the Tyson facility in Chicago, and Flagship Europe which was renamed to Creative Foods Europe.
Sheldon Lavin is famous for his philanthropic nature in charities such as the Jewish United Fund, Ronald McDonald House of Charities, Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, Evans Scholarship Fund and many more. He received the Global Visionary Award in 2016 upon recognition of achieving his dreams through perseverance and persistence. In the same year, he won the Edward C. Jones Community Award because of his devotion and active involvement in philanthropic activities in the Chicago metropolitan and the geographic scope of the company as a whole. Sheldon Lavin is a vivid inspiration of the English saying “patience pays.”
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