OSI Group

The Century-Long Journey Of OSI Group Is Amazing American Success Story

Food, OSI Group
OSI Group is among the world’s largest meat processing companies in the world today, but its origins and journey from a small, single-owner family business to international player is a bona fide slice of Americana. It’s also a classic American immigrant success story. Otto Kolschowsky came to America in 1907. After working odd jobs to gain a foothold in his new country, he set up his own butcher shop in a Chicago suburb in 1909. Hard work and a dedication to providing only high quality meats quickly earned Mr. Kolschowsky a stellar reputation within his community. If you wanted a fine cut of meat, you could trust Otto Kolschowsky. His butcher shop thrived and he began selling meats retail. Within 10 years Otto took his business wholesale. His sons joined his business and their cus

Sheldon Lavin: Recap Crunchbase Articles

Business Leadership, OSI Group
Sheldon Lavin Helps The OSI Group Tackle The World The OSI Group began as a small butcher shop and now 100 years, the company has expanded to all corners of the world. The vision for OSI Group to go global started way back in the 1970s. At that time, Sheldon Lavin's role at OSI Group was that of a financial consultant, and at that time, he planted the seed in the partners of OSI to begin reaching for the world. In the mid-70s the Otto brothers asked Sheldon Lavin to become a third partner and he excepted. Lavin became half partner when he bought the shares of one of the brothers. When the last brother retired, Meet Sheldon Lavin, the Man Behind the Success of OSI Group. Sheldon Lavin was in complete control. Lavin knew that for him to stay, the company needed to expand. Lavin made...

OSI Food Solutions is Taking Their Company to the Next Level

Food, OSI Group
OSI Food Solutions first began in 1909 when a German immigrant named Otto Kolschowsky decided to begin, in Oak Park, Illinois, a family meat market. This happened to be only 2 short years after he had first arrived in the United States. It was then in 1917 that he decided he wanted to expand the business and relocated to Maywood. This was another Chicago suburb. It was during this time that the business became known as being Otto & Sons, which happened to be in 1928. In 1955 McDonald's was first starting up and decided to use Otto & Sons as their ground beef supplier. The first deal between them was sealed with a handshake between Ray Kroc and the sons of Otto Kolschowsky. Through the years the Kolschowsky heirs and Kroc began to develop a very strong personal relationship. F...

OSI Group is a Model Corporate Citizen in the Food Processing Industry

Entreprenuers, OSI Group
OSI Group is a high-quality global food processor who has demonstrated significant expertise in their acquisitions and growth strategy. They are adept at analyzing and structuring purchases that complement and improve their own resources. Two recent examples fit this mold such as their purchase of Flagship Europe and the former Tyson Foods plant in Chicago. The vision of their CEO, Sheldon Lavin, has been instrumental as they've pursued this course of adding to their abilities without sacrificing quality and excellence. From the outset, he had a worldwide vision in mind that has only partially been fulfilled. They are operating in 17 countries with over 65 facilities and Lavin continues to help build the company as he continues working in eighties. They are also at the forefront of t...