When OSI Group was originally founded most people on the planet weren’t even born yet. The company was founded in 1909 in Chicago, Illinois. Back then it was just a small butcher shop with high aspirations. Now it is a leading multinational food provider. It is far from the small shop it once was. It employs more than 20,000 people and has well over 50 operational facilities on multiple continents. It has been able to adapt and thrive throughout every major change in the food industry for the last century. That in itself is worthy of being considered a significant slice of American history. What’s more is the company still continues to grow and expand its reach.
OSI was just a successful local business for decades until it partnered with one of the most historical fast food restaurants in world history. In 1955 the first McDonald’s was established. Though the first McDonald’s wasn’t built until nearly 50 years after OSI was founded the two, at the time, local businesses formed an alliance. This alliance would greatly change the trajectory of OSI. It became McDonald’s first supplier of fresh ground beef.
In the span of 20 years OSI became a global corporation. McDonald’s business model of providing a consistent product put a lot of pressure on OSI to keep up with the demand. Then the process of flash freezing was introduced to the food industry. This allowed OSI to transport beef and other food products over long distances a lot more easy. Thus, greatly reducing cost and allowing for rapid expansion.
In the 1970’s OSI went through tremendous periods of growth. By 1980 it was a multinational corporation. Because the company had grown so rapidly it needed a leader that could handle the added strain on operations. Sheldon Lavin became CEO of the company in the early 1980’s. Instead of slowing growth, Sheldon led the company into another huge growth phase. With Sheldon Lavin at the helm the company ventured into other sectors of the food industry though McDonald’s remained it main customer. Under Sheldon Lavin OSI landed on the 2016 Forbes list of largest companies in the nation.
Sheldon Lavin has received many accolades for his leadership at OSI.
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