How Sheldon Lavin Joined OSI Group And Made It Into A Sustainable Operation

Over the course of his lifetime business executive Sheldon Lavin has seen a number of achievements. After graduating from college he entered the world of finance. A business in his area, Otto & Sons, was one of just four suppliers of beef to the restaurant chain McDonald’s. They needed to build another plant in Chicago which would be solely used to supply beef to McDonald’s and needed Sheldon Lavin’s services to find the right lending partner.Sheldon Lavin came through and the plant was built. The owners of Otto & Sons were very impressed by him and asked him to join their company as a partner and its senior executive. Otto had long since passed away and his sons, nearing retirement age, wanted to leave the company in good hands.

During the transition to this new leadership, they renamed the company OSI Group and this was the company that Sheldon Lavin took over. He says that from the beginning he saw that OSI Group was full of potential and possibilities. He started making overseas investments which led to his company becoming an international concern. Today his company has subsidiaries and partnerships in many countries around the world such as the United Kingdom, Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Germany, The Netherlands, and India. It operates a highly efficient global supply chain that offers a huge economy of scale to those companies it works with.

From the start Sheldon Lavin wanted OSI Group to be a company that was environmentally friendly and operate a sustainable business model. He makes sure his leadership team stays current on new technologies that will limit the impact of his company’s activities on the environment. An example of this is at his company’s Spanish facility which recently completed a €17 million renovation. The main reason for this renovation was to double the production of chicken but Sheldon Lavin went well beyond that. The new facility uses 20% less electricity consumption. Another improvement was adding a heat recovery process which drives energy efficiency even higher as waste heat is used to power equipment. Because of his commitment to sustainability the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund supplied money to this project.