How Sheldon Lavin Has Shown That People Are What Make Jobs Appealing

While patenting and utilizing advanced technology usually will boost a company’s sales way past its competitors, you never can keep out the human element to a company’s success. That’s what OSI Industries CEO Sheldon Lavin knows and he’s made it important that his company provides a workplace that employees can enjoy and be encouraged to perform well in. OSI Industries is one of the world’s top meat processing and wholesale companies with specific marketing for fast food restaurants and chain supermarkets. Lavin has wanted the company to be run on more of a ground level as opposed to a top-down corporation. Most employees have expressed their love for working at OSI Industries because management listens to their concerns and has done a lot to make a cutthroat environment safe.

OSI Industries existed many years before Sheldon Lavin came there, beginning as a butcher shop in a Chicago suburb in 1909 and growing into a big local meat market company known as Otto & Sons by the 1950s. They were the first company to become partners with McDonalds that decade, and as McDonalds opened more locations, Otto & Sons wanted their company to match production and logistics for them. Sheldon Lavin was asked to help Otto & Sons procure funds for new processing and shipping facilities to meet the production needs. Lavin had been in banking for many years, and when Otto & Sons approached him, he was running a consulting firm. He decided to come to Otto & Sons on a part-time basis to get its finances in order, but as the company owners started seeing his leadership manifest itself, they decided to sell him part of the company and make him CEO. After the previous owners retired, Lavin was sold the majority ofthe shares.

Otto & Sons was renamed to OSI Industries under Sheldon Lavin’s guidance after it began an international expansion which has lasted over 30 years and brought it into 17 different countries. Even though OSI Industries has bought out a lot of companies like Baho Food and Flagship Europe, it’s actually allowed many of them to keep their old brand name and retain their current employees while improving their services and adding more jobs. Sheldon Lavin has not only built a company that’s helped fast food restaurants thrive, he’s also been involved in the community with donations to the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Inner City Foundation of Chicago. He was also given the Global Visionary award in 2016 at Global Vision Academy in India.

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