OSI Industries is one of the world’s best meat market distributors with facilities in 17 different countries and services provided to 40 total, and their Philippines subsidiary Gen OSI now has a new facility. OSI Industries CEO Sheldon Lavin helped fund the construction of this facility that has advanced processing equipment and can house up to 23,000 metric tons in product. Lavin remarked in a statement in a Meat+Poultry article that this Canlubang Industrial Estate facility further enhances OSI’s commitment to delivering affordable products to the Philippines region while ensuring they’re manufactured to the highest quality with top safety standards.
Sheldon Lavin has been investing in big processing centers like the GenOSI one since he joined OSI Industries back in the early 1970s. He actually had built a whole other career at that point in banking and financial consulting before he was approached by the owners of OSI which was then known as Otto & Sons. Lavin was dedicated to consulting business, but he agreed to be the intermediary for Otto & Sons in procuring a loan for a new plant they wanted to build because he had a working relationship with the bank where the loan was financed. Over the next ten years Lavin went from being an outside consultant to moving inside the Otto & Sons management circle, and with his valuable input the owners decided to appoint him as CEO much to the delight of McDonald’s, the company’s biggest partner. When the two owners retired, they sold Lavin the rest of their shares and he became owner and chairman of the renamed OSI Industries company.
Every company venture that Lavin has undertaken has been successful not only because OSI puts out high volumes of products, but also because they do market research into each region they expand into and build relationships with the locals. Even though Lavin and OSI Industries have acquired meat and food distribution companies like GenOSI and others in the European market, they do not tend impose their own operating philosophies on those companies without looking at what’s made them successful and how they could be improved. Rarely ever does the workforce at those companies be replaced either because Lavin is all too willing to welcome current employees to the OSI family. His generosity also extends beyond business to supporting charities like the Jewish United Fund and the Ronald McDonald House. His accomplishments were also celebrated in 2016 when he won the Global Visionary award.
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