OSI Group: A Global Operation

OSI Group continues to expand by purchasing and merging with other food production companies that share the same goals and values as OSI Group does. OSI Group is a multi billion dollar manufacturer of food products. Last year alone, OSI Group expanded opening up seven new processing facilities across the globe.

OSI Group has goals they are wanting to achieve by expanding. They are committed to providing their clients with the products they are wanting. From organic options to budget friendly products, OSI Group wants to be able to provide their clients ts with all of these products. The only constant similarity in the foods OSI Group offers is that they are all both tasty and healthy.

Not only is OSI Group planning on expanding into 16 countries outside of the US, there are also plans to use a 200,000 square foot facility they purchased from Tyson Foods. The facility is located in Chicago. With this purchase, it will definitely push towards their goal of continued expansion.

OSI Group is expanding internationally as well. The company recently acquired Flagship Europe, which will broaden their presence in Europe. Flagship Europe manufacturers food products such as frozen poultry, pies, sandwich fillings, dips, marinades, sauces, and dressings. OSI Group also acquired Baho Foods in Europe. Baho Foods manufacture similar products. These additions will help OSI Group branch out and fulfill the needs of their clients all across the globe.

While OSI Group is headquartered out of Aurora, Illinois, they maintain global success by keeping their management team at their international plants staffed by local employees. This gives them insight on the local culture, and helps them know exactly what products will be successful in that specific region.

The CEO of OSI Group, Sheldon Lavin, is a part of how the company has grown so successfully all across the globe. He comes from a background of finance and accounting through his education, and always dreamed of owning his own business. OSI Group continues to run as a family owned business, which is how Lavin likes the company to operate, and it will continue to run this way as long as the operation remains successful with this practice.

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Sheldon Lavin, OSI Group CEO

Sheldon Lavin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group, LLC, was considered an outsider when he entered the food service industry nearly half a century ago. Now a titan in the meat industry, Mr. Lavin found first success in a very different career that, through a combination of hard work and business acumen, led him to the world that he currently sits atop. During his time as an executive at OSI Group, Mr. Lavin has spearheaded a successful growth plan that has taken his company from a small upstart to an industry leader over the course of several decades. Under his watch, OSI Group has built steadily upon the initial partnership that he helped to broker between, what was then referred to as Otto and Sons, and fast food leader McDonald’s Corporation.

OSI Group currently employs nearly 20,000 people across the globe. Many of OSI Group’s vast number of employees have been with the company for a substantial amount of years, and that continued rate of low turnover is usually credited to Mr. Lavin’s continued push for a family-first environment on every level. Prior to taking his foray in the food services industry, Sheldon Lavin had already been a successful investor, holding a high ranking executive position in the banking industry, while also heading a lucrative financial investment firm. It wasn’t until 1970 that Mr. Lavin became increasingly more involved with the day to day business dealings at Otto and Sons, eventually becoming a full-time executive at Otto and Sons by the middle part of the decade, and later spearheading the company’s rapid expansion in the 1980’s.

Sheldon Lavin is now 81 years old and spends the majority of his time leading the way OSI Group and continuing his winning tradition. Mr. Lavin has received a myriad of awards for his company’s triumphs, and philanthropic efforts.

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David G. McDonald: The President of OSI Group

Mr. McDonald acted as the Chief Operating Officer, project manager and President at the OSI group. Dave has also worked at the North America meat Institute as the chairman. After Marfrig Frigoríficos acquired the operations of the OSI Group in Brazil and Europe in December 2008, Dave also served there as an independent director. Mr. Mc Donald has also worked at the United Steelworkers of America from the year 1952 to 1965 as the American labor leader.

In the year 1923, Dave was introduced to Phillip Murray by a friend where Phillip hired him as his secretary. This is because he was delighted with his high typing speed and also the fact that Mc Donald had pioneered the formation of the Alumni association of the Holy Cross High school. He was also the alumni group of the Catholic Pittsburgh, and they later became very close friends.

Later on, Mr. Mac Donald enrolled for classes at the technology institute of Carnegie, currently known as the University of Carnegie Mellon where he took his dancing and drama classes. He graduated in the year 1932 as an amateur actor. He was called for an interview by a Hollywood movie firm called Warner brothers to discuss on a post for him as an assistant movie director but turned down their offer.

While Mr. McDonald chaired the board of OSI, he highly believed that offering more and better services to his customers had no limitations to the company’s production. Instead, it gave the company more customers and in the end, increasing their sale. He also helped increase the company’s sales, publicity, as well as market its products through early engagement of its customers. David also engaged in discussions regarding the remedies and solutions they might want to improve in the production of their goods.

In May 1962, Mr. Dave received a degree in Industrial relations from the College of St Martins. In the same year, union members from the steelworkers felt that Donald was not protecting their interests hence Dave started negotiations on their job security provision which greatly helped save the workers’ jobs. After the company had recovered between the year 1963 and 1964, it recorded a profit that led to an increment of the worker’s salaries.