Sheldon Lavin Of OSI Aims To Change Public Perceptions On Food Processing Companies And Sustainability
Large manufacturing centers and food processing companies are usually thought of as running companies that run machinery and high powered equipment that puts strains on the environment, but OSI Group CEO Sheldon Lavin has been working to change that perception in how he runs the company. Lavin has worked with a team of food sustainability and technique research specialists who have figured out how to run the company with a focus in those areas. They even opened an executive role for Chief Sustainability Officer which is currently held by Nicole Johnson-Hoffman. Lavin’s statement on sustainability has also been reiterated in a note listed on the website of Amick Farms, a subsidiary of the company.
Sheldon Lavin was an investment bank advisor before he joined OSI Group, though back then it was known as Otto & Sons. He had become an independent financial services firm owner, and his first business with Otto & Sons was acting as a consultant and helping them get a bank loan to open a new factory. The bank wanted Lavin to become an owner in Otto & Sons, but he didn’t want that at the time because he wanted to remain in the financial industry. He did increase his involvement in the company though and helped it grow its locations. Sheldon Lavin also was instrumental in the company opening its first plants outside the US, and eventually at the request of Otto & Sons partner the McDonald’s restaurants, he became CEO.
Sheldon Lavin has been with the company for more than 40 years, and while he has made changes over the years to the technology they use and the processing system, he has never changed their family culture. He has tried to keep the company in tune with local customer needs and an understanding of how things are done in each region the company serves. They’ve bought several companies like Baho Food and K&K Foods, but they have kept the company names and Lavin has seen to it that current employees are retained as much as possible. Lavin took OSI Group from a small meat market to a $6.1 billion revenue company, and in recognition of this he was given the Global Visionary award from Global Vision Academy.