OSI Industries has been changing the food industry for a century and continue to find new opportunities in the market. What started as a small butcher shop in Chicago founded by a German immigrant is now worth more than $6 billion and is on the 2016 Forbes list as the 58th largest privately owned company. Sheldon Lavin has been growing with the companies since 1970 when he began as an investment consultant before joining as a partner in 1975. In the early years of the 1980’s, Sheldon Lavin became the CEO and chairman of OSI Industries due largely in part to the trust that one of their main clients, McDonald’s, had placed in his ability to lead the company.
Since his transition to Chief Executive Officer, the company has seen a long period of growth and expansion that has led to food production facilities around the world.The clients of OSI Industries not only includes McDonald’s, but also companies such as Papa John’s, Burger King, Subway, and Starbucks. Another one of the key players of OSI Industries is the Chief Operating Officer, David McDonald. While he may have started out with a background in farming, he now is an executive for one of the largest food production corporations in the United States. His background in farming plays a part in the company’s focus on sustainability and the welfare of animals, for which OSI has received several accolades for throughout the years.
David McDonald and Sheldon Lavin played very important roles in OSI’s decision to start producing chicken products, a decision that has led to substantial growth as the demand for poultry has increased in countries around the world. The purchase of a former Tyson facility in Chicago near their headquarters allowed OSI to help meet the demand of their customers for different chicken products. On an international level, OSI formed the company Turosi Pty Ltd. in 2018 by merging with the Australian based poultry processing company Turi Foods. Throughout the success of OSI Industries, they have maintained a relatively low profile as they have done their part to help their customers succeed.