Sheldon Lavin is the CEO of OSI industries which is one of the largest food production conglomerates in the entire world. OSI was once a family butcher’s shop in Chicago IL. As a conglomerate, the early McDonald’s fast food corporation relied on OSI to supply their midwest operations with beef. The client relationship still exists today and, believe it or not, McDonald’s has been one of OSI’s main partners in spreading the news about sustainable meat production. Perhaps even the mighty Ronald is aware that food service growth requires sustainable meat production policies.
OSI has done business in many countries throughout the world always with sustainability as more than just a catch phrase. They practice these operating policies in seventeen countries currently employing over twenty thousand people.
OSI Industries, throughout its history, has separated itself as an industrialized food production entity through its utilization of sustainable technologies and practices. This has resulted in a number of awards over the years.
Let’s face it, awards are not common in the universe of industrialized food production. In spite of this, Sheldon’s OSI has won many awards. The state of California honored OSI Riverside with the California Green Business Certification title. Riverside is a plant that processes vegetables and produces salsas and also sauces.
Riverside won the Green Business Certification for a combination of lighting fixtures, washers, boilers and other machines that operate under cutting edge energy efficient technology. The entire facility is impressive from a commerce and also sustainability standpoint.
OSI Industries UK division won the Globe of Honour Award offered by the British Safety Council. The council would subject businesses to random audits to see which ones could earn the possible five-star rating. Less than twenty companies were given this award for the business year 2016. Countless other examples from many other countries exist.
Today McDonald’s is simply one of OSI Industries large B2B clients. Relationships exist like this throughout the word for OSI, and dealing with this sort of international growth is what landed Sheldon Lavin in the Captain’s seat, to begin with. Sheldon was able to bring to the table his background in banking and investing. This background, combined with Lavin’s sustainability principles, has proven to be the perfect match for piloting an evergrowing food production conglomerate.
While most of the growth for OSI Industries occurred in the late 80’s and throughout the 90’s, the legacy still continues to this day. For over an entire century this has been the case.