For more than 100 years, Otto & Sons has been serving the US. From a small family-owned meat market and butcher shop owned and operated by Otto Kolschowsky to a global food supplier, Otto & Sons has a special place in the fast food industry history. 1955 was when the company began to see exceptional growth when they became the hamburger meat supplier for McDonald’s. Otto & Sons became OSI Group in 1975 and began to revolutionize the flash freezing hamburger meat business globally.
Sheldon Lavin came aboard in the 70’s as an investment consultant to the Kolschowsky brothers, the “sons” of Otto & Sons. By 1975 the brothers were considering leaving the company or retiring and each began to depend on his expertise. By this time he was partner to the brothers and when the company became OSI Group, he had placed the company in a position to grow and expand throughout the United States. During the 1980’s and 1990’s growth expanded well beyond the US borders. Within three decades of this partnership and his ultimate leadership in the company, OSI has expanded into 17 countries.
Sheldon Lavin began as a financial consultant in the 70’s but his business acumen and his organic inquisitive nature has helped him grow and become successful in making decisions to acquire and expand other companies.
Sheldon Lavin’s knowledge of joint ventures, asset capitalization, and careful investment helped lead to the successful expansion of OSI Group and its subsequent global leadership in food production. He has an innate sense of market innovation and technology advancement in the food industry.
During these years of exponential growth for OSI, he has had world-view revelations. He has seen the importance of sustainable food supplies and innovative green practices in order for his international and US-based companies to survive and grow. He is committed to making investments in environmentally sustainable endeavors. OSI Group was rewarded recognition for being environmentally responsible in 2016 and 2018. OSI’s Sheldon Lavin receives Global Visionary Award.
In addition to his acquisitions and investments, he has philanthropic interests. Sheldon Lavin makes routine large contributions to Ronald McDonald House to help chronically ill children and their families.