CEO Sheldon Lavin and OSI Food Solutions ‘ Commitment to Sustainability

The CEO and Chairman of OSI Industries Sheldon Lavin has made sustainable food processing part of OSI’s business practices. Sustainable food processing is the integration of consumption, distribution, processing and waste management.

The practice benefits the community in which a food processing facility operates economically, environmentally, and socially. As a forward thinking company, OSI has always embraced the latest advancements in food processing technology.

The business that would become OSI Industries a multinational producer and distributor of restaurant supplies began in 1909 as a small butcher shop established by Otto Kolchowsky in a suburb of Chicago. By the 1950s the business had become Otto and Sons Inc. (OSI).

In 1956 OSI began supplying frozen patties to McDonald’s. OSI operated solely within the US prior to 1970. That was the year the man who would take OSI global Sheldon Lavin became a consultant to OSI.

During the seventies, McDonald’s was growing rapidly and as one of McDonald’s main suppliers, OSI had a chance to grow with them. Satisfying McDonald’s increased demand for burgers meant a significant expansion of OSI’s production facilities would be necessary.

Sheldon Lavin arranged the financing OSI needed to expand. The bank that provided the loan wanted to protect their investment by having Sheldon Lavin become a full partner at OSI. Mr. Lavin demurred agreeing to act as a consultant instead.

In 1975 Sheldon Lavin would become a full partner after helping OSI to secure capital to finance the company going global. That was the year the Otto and Sons Incorporated became OSI Industries.

Wanting to ensure that OSI could meet its ever-increasing demand for burgers it was at the request of McDonald’s that Sheldon Lavin began devoting his full attention to OSI. Not long after that Sheldon Lavin became CEO of the company. After the two Kolchowsky brothers retired Lavin gained full control of OSI.

The commitment that OSI Industries has made to good corporate citizenship has garnered the company the North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award. Other honors include the British Safety Council’s Globe of Honour, the California Green Business Award, and the Global Visionary Award.

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