While growing up, Sheldon Lavin always admired owning his business. It is for this reason that he pursued finance related courses. Being a financial guru, Sheldon managed to have a commanding stake in the company when he arranged the financing of Otto & Sons first processing plant which was to be built in West Chicago, Illinois. It is during this involvement that the company changed the name from Otto & Sons to OSI. Presented with a lifetime opportunity, Sheldon Lavin created his significant vision for the company which saw it make a global claim as the world’s best food processing industry.
Currently, OSI Group has over 70 processing plants distributed over 17 countries, with their primary product being protein foods along with sauces and vegetables. According to Sheldon Lavin, the secret to the company’s success is their ability to work as a family. Despite having a hierarchy, their business culture has allowed every employer to feel part of the company. This has allowed the company to remain a successful entity for over a century. The business’s success has always been attributed to Sheldon’s eye for innovation. However, he attributes this skill to his success history in the company.
Over time he had to nurture it for the company to remain active in the global market. Running a big entity as a family can be a daunting task; however, Sheldon Lavin has always strived to make his employees feel loved. One of their approaches is to have lunch together, this has not only ensured they work as a family, but it has built a cohesive approach which continues even to their family. While other companies follow a certain way of passing complaints, Sheldon has always advised his employees to call him by his first name and always to consult him or his business peers when concerned about an issue.