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Seeing It Through: Sheldon Lavin

Sheldon Lavin has been in business for quite a while now. When his career started he was an investment banker. In the early seventies that quickly changed when fast food conglomerate McDonald’s asked Lavin to help Otto and Sons with their meat packing and distribution. Once Sheldon Lavin took the job he was hooked. He quickly found his niche and was not only able to help McDonald’s go global but he also took the OSI Group to the next level as well. After more than forty years the accolades are starting to come in for him and it is well deserved.

At first when McDonald’s approached Sheldon Lavin to take on the job he wasn’t quite sure if it would work. After the company became OSI Group in 1975 he was convinced he could do the job and do it well. He has been at the helm of OSI Group and makes sure that everything in the company runs smoothly. He is actively involved in the day to day affairs of OSI Group and makes sure that the highest standards are met. He also uses cutting-edge technology to help the company stay ahead in the field of meat packing and transport.

Sheldon Lavin has grown with the company over the years helped OSI Group stay at the forefront in its respective fields. One of the biggest changes that he and OSI saw over that time was the invention of using liquid nitrogen cryogenic freezing. In the early seventies, it helped OSI take the leap into the big leagues and helped make McDonald’s a worldwide sensation. The technology was able to keep foods frozen no matter where the food was being transported to. This is thanks in part to Lavin and his team that made the transition possible.

These are just a couple of the things that make the name of Sheldon Lavin so well known in the meatpacking and processing communities. He was able to not only help put the name McDonald’s on the world stage but his own as well. For a man like him, that is saying something.

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