OSI Group has been upholding traditions at its processing plants and distribution centers that have reflected its commitment to customer service and excellence. The company specializes in both ready-to-order meats and special entrees, and also sells raw meats in beef, poultry, pork and fish. One of the men responsible for the high quality operations and adherence to tight safety regulations is Sheldon Lavin, the CEO of OSI Group. What Lavin has repeatedly said he loves most about his job is working with people as he values their input. He has made it his goal to make sure he runs the company more like a “mom and pop” shop than a corporate environment.
Sheldon Lavin didn’t originally come from the food services industry. He was actually a financier who guided clients in investments at various banks, and then he later opened his own financial consulting firm. OSI Group was then known as Otto & Sons and they selected Lavin’s consulting firm to be their best financial advisor. Lavin eventually became a company executive because of his ability to manage finances, and as the company grew with fast food restaurant McDonalds more opportunities came for Lavin. Eventually, he became CEO and owned most of the controlling shares.
Lavin was responsible for the name change of Otto & Sons to OSI Food Group because of their expansion that Lavin led into foreign nations. As OSI Group has acquired meat plants and distribution companies over the years, Lavin has determined to keep as many employees at each acquired company as possible, and thus far OSI Group has become known for its low turnover rates. Lavin and OSI Group recently received the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour award for maintaining environmentally safe practices in production facilities. Lavin is also the Chairman of the Ronald McDonald House Charities non-profit.