Sheldon Lavin and The History Behind OSI Group

OSI Group is known for being one of the world’s largest supplier of food globally. OSI employs over 20,000 employees and has 65 facilities internationally. OSI started out as a small ,family run, butcher shop, but is now a multi-billion dollar corporation. The ancestry of OSI is deeply rooted in the American immigration history.

German immigrants settled in Chicago, Illinois and this made up a quarter of the city’s consensus. A man by the name of Kolschowsky, opened a small butcher shop within 2 years of residing in Chicago. His shop served the community well and within a decade Kolschowsky decided it was time to expand his business into the wholesale sector.

Years of success caused a small revamping of Kolschowsky’s business and Otto and Sons was born. But with the changing of times, modern suburbs was popping up everywhere. With the demands of the world that pushed businesses to seek ways to upscale and keep up with the demands of society, a rare business collaboration was formed, 2 family businesses, Otto and Sons and McDonald’s.

Otto and Sons moved from the position of regional supplier to international supplier; but as the demands of the world increased, so did the need of food preservation as it went from the warehouse to its destination. Flash freezing became the answer, In 1875, the company shifted the leadership and name of the company as they welcomed Sheldon Lavin. That is when Otto and Sons became OSI Group.

The Growth of McDonald’s is what broke the barrier into international territory. Sheldon Lavin became the CEO and Sheldon Lavin chairman of OSI Group in the 1980’s. The growth of the company has led the company to make Forbes 2016 list of the biggest private owned businesses. Sheldon Lavin is no stranger to the investment world and worked with Otto and Sons on the investment end until their retirement.

OSI history dates back over a century ago. The history is important as it shows the relevance of economic growth and technological advances from then until now. First a butcher shop,then Otto and Sons, currently OSI Group. Sheldon Lavin helped lead the company and break barriers that no other company had yet ventured into during the economic growth that started from the birth of the first McDonald’s and on as both companies evolved.

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