Sheldon Levin began his business career in the banking industry. He was an investor with his own consulting firm. His background does not suggest that he would become one of the most influential persons in the history of food manufacturing. However, Sheldon Lavin continues to lead his organization and make the kind of decisions that affect the entire landscape of his chosen industry. He is currently OSI Group’s CEO. OSI Group is the largest meat manufacturer in the world with plants in the Asia-Pacific, the Americas and European region.
Sheldon Lavin first became involved with OSI Group when it was known as Otto and Sons. Otto and Sons was a family-owned organization that began as a meat market in the early 1900s. Its founder ran the business with his sons and developed the company over the decades. It became a premier distributor of meat products in the Chicago area. Otto and Sons formed a relationship with the McDonald’s Corporation when Ray Kroc was looking to spread his restaurant chain into the Illinois region. Kroc needed a meat manufacturer that he could count on for the area and chose Otto and Sons for the job.
Over the years Otto and Sons set themselves apart from the other meat manufacturers that McDonald’s was using. They were eventually chosen by the leaders at the McDonald’s Corporation to be the sole provider of meat for the entire McDonald’s Empire. The company would need a new processing plant to support such a business venture. However, the founders of Otto and Sons did not have the funding for the facility. Sheldon Lavin was brought in as a consultant, and to oversee the financial aspect of building a new plant. As he continued to work with the company Sheldon was requested by the McDonald’s Corporation to be more and more involved with the transactions. Lavin agreed to become a partner only if he would have equal say in the decisions like the other owners of the organization.
Sheldon Lavin eventually became a full-time partner with Otto and Sons. The company started making overseas investments under Lavin’s leadership. The original founders settled into retirement and sold their interests to Sheldon Lavin. At this point he became the primary visionary of Otto and Sons, which then became known as OSI Group.
OSI Group has developed an international clientele for its product. The company has contracts with several other major restaurant chains such as Pizza Hut, Papa John’s Pizza, Starbucks and Subway. It has a diverse hiring practices that allows it to maintain a staff of over 20,000 employees.