GenOSI is the Philippines flagship company of OSI Industries, a billion-dollar international meat processing and wholesale company based in Chicago. GenOSI recently completed construction of a brand new plant with updated equipment and larger storage and shipment capacity than an older facility that had previously been there, and OSI Industries CEO Sheldon Lavin was pleased with the project. According to Meat + Poultry, Lavin said this facility added to the capabilities of OSI to deliver meat products to the Philippines market that are cost-effective while also made with the highest quality and meeting the top food safety standards. GenOSI CEO Fred Uytengsu expressed equal gratitude to Lavin for helping fund the construction.
OSI Industries has been in business for over 100 years, yet even more striking is that Sheldon Lavin has been there for over four decades and during that time the company has had almost no overturns at the top. In fact, most employees have been happy to stay on long-term thanks to the atmosphere Lavin and his fellow executives have maintained there. Lavin has certainly been keeping company equipment and marketing strategies up to date over the years, but he’s never changed his commitment to people first, a foundation that OSI Industries was built on.
OSI Industries was previously owned by Otto Kolschowsky’s family from 1909 into the 1970s, and just before Sheldon Lavin became familiar with them they became the meat supplier to McDonald’s. Lavin was actually in financial consulting at the time with previous experience in investment banking, and Otto & Sons sought his services to get financing for a bigger processing plant to output more meat for McDonald’s. Lavin was even asked to become an owner in the company by the bank who was financing them, but he declined the offer at the time because he wanted to carry on in consulting, but he did become more involved on a part-time basis with the company. As he did so, he helped make both man-power and finances more efficient at OSI and the owners made him CEO several years later, and upon retiring they sold him their shares.
Ever since taking over as Chairman and CEO, Sheldon Lavin has grown OSI Industries up to where it is today with 55 plants in 17 countries, and 23 more that are served. Lavin’s standards of food and workplace safety were recognized by the British Safety Council in 2016 with the Globe of Honour award. A university in India recognized his executive work and philanthropy at their Global Vision Academy with the Global Visionary award.
About Sheldon Lavin: www.amickfarms.com/corpresponsibility.html