The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OSI Group is Sheldon Lavin. He has been with the 110 year old company for many years. Mr. Lavin recently discussed the history of the company and the talented people who have contributed to its success over the years. The company was founded in 1909 by Mr. Otto Kolschowsky. The original name of the company was Otto and Sons. It started as a small local meat store, and German immigrant Otto Kolschowsky was a neighborhood butcher in his community. Today, OSI Group is a world leader in the production and distribution of meat and many other food items. The company was started in Illinois. The international headquarters are situated in Aurora.
Sheldon Lavin helped the firm procure financing for a processing facility for meat, and it marked the first of many forthcoming processing plant. The first facility was located in West Chicago. Sheldon Lavin saw great potential for the company, and he was committed to leading the organization in its global expansion as an industry leader. He has accomplished this and much more. Mr. Lavin stated in a recent interview that OSI Group has locations in 17 countries. They have more than 70 food processing facilities worldwide. The organization produces a wide range of products. In addition to a full line of meat items, OSI also produces sauces and condiments, fresh vegetables, and a variety of bakery items.
Sheldon has his own unique style of management. His office door is always open, and he is genuinely concerned about every employee and their families as well. He envisions a continued pattern of growth for the company, and he is deeply committed to that vision. Sheldon Lavin knows that the day will come when he retires, and he is confident that OSI will continue to prosper and grow. The company has over 20,000 employees throughout the world. Sheldon Lavin recognizes the dedication and loyalty of each and every member of the organization. He is proud of what the team has accomplished. He appreciates the unique talents possessed by all of the employees of OSI Group.