The Vision World Academy of India recently gave the OSI Group’s CEO Sheldon Lavin their award for being a top Global Visionary. Lavin has earned that designation because he was able to transform a meat processing company from the Midwestern United States into a world leader in food creation, processing and production. From the time Lavin became aware of the company in 1970, he was so impressed with them he began buying stock in it. Lavin knew they could accomplish great things. When he took over the company in 1980, Lavin developed a plan to make them a force in the global food production industry.
Sheldon Lavin is a very accomplished business professional. Prior to taking over the OSI Group, he earned a degree in finance and accounting, had a successful career as a banker and ran his own accounting firm. It was through his accounting firm he found out about the OSI Group. Lavin got them the resources they needed to purchase new equipment and move into larger facilities. He then systematically began buying stock in the company because he knew they had a bright future. When the owners retired, Lavin owned so much of the company’s stock he was able to take charge of it.
Once Sheldon Lavin took control of the OSI Group, he put a plan for global expansion in place. Lavin opened food processing facilities in North, Central and South America, Europe and Australia. The company also built 10 processing facilities in China and others in India, Japan and the Philippines. He also instituted environmental management practices that led to the company winning dozens of awards. Another way Lavin has helped the OSI Group to do well is by creating policies that protect worker health and provides the workers and their loved ones with generous benefits.
Under Sheldon Lavin the OSI Group has shown the ability to design and produce foods to meet the unique tastes of people from a variety of cultures. Lavin’s acquisition of Baho Foods and Flagship Europe also helped the company to increase the number of customers they served in Europe. Lavin helped the OSI Group increase their production capacity in the United States by purchasing a former Tyson Foods facility in Chicago and Amick Farms on the East Coast of the United States. They all helped Lavin’s vision of making the OSI Group a global food production giant a reality.
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