The Contribution of David G McDonald to the Development of OSI Group

David G McDonald career at OSI Group began immediately after graduation. He holds a degree in Animal Science from Iowa State University. Originally, OSI belonged to a German immigrant called Otto Kolschowsky. He was a butcher and had a meat market in Chicago. In 1995, his grandson took over the business and signed a deal to supply McDonald restaurant with fresh hamburgers. Two decades later, the US plant opened as Otto & Sons. During this time, David G McDonald was learning the business operations. David wanted the OSI Group to act as his link to a permanent career in the food industry. It was never easy, but he worked his way up to become the project manager of OSI. Since then, he has scaled up to become the president and CEO of the Group of companies.

Today, OSI Group operates in 17 countries and has over 50 operations. David’s contribution towards making OSI sustainable began in 2008. It was at this time that he helped the company in the acquisition of a Dutch Food Manufacturing company, Baho Foods. David realized that it was necessary for the enterprise to expand to keep up with upcoming competition. As a result, it was essential to partner, seek support, or expand. David’s determination to see the institution remain sustainable led him to contribute to the acquisition of Flagship Europe. The addition of the UK institution broadened OSI presence in Europe. According to David G. McDonald, the company’s portfolios complemented their processing strengths and expanded their capabilities in serving Europe.

Global companies begin as local enterprises. There so many regulations, culture, and talent pool that affect the smooth running of an institution. Additionally, in the food industry, it’s much more complicated as you have to factor in the customer’s taste buds. According to David G McDonald, OSI Group is a global company. However, they operate with local management teams that are well versed in the cultures and tastes of the community. OSI has seen its expansion in China flourish. They have opened eight factories, and it’s expected to become the largest producer of poultry after the launch of an additional two facilities. According to McDonald, the population of China provides a large consumer market. On the other hand, the growing population creates room for expansion. Besides its penetration into the Chinese market, OSI launched seven production facilities across the globe last year alone. Increasing their production capacity enables them to meet their customer’s needs. McDonald values the expertise of the technical team as it’s responsible for turning concepts into actual products.

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Sheldon Lavin’s Track Record From Finance To Food Manufacturing

When Sheldon Lavin took over the running of OSI Industries many years ago, it might have never been guessed that he would build much more than a company. Although he has grown the company dramatically in his 30 plus years there and is still doing so, what he has done is build a culture that listens to the ideas of its workers and gives them something to be proud of working on. Lavin himself even at his old age still enjoys coming to his office every day and hearing what those around him have to say. He was recently honored at the Global Vision Academy in 2016 for not only making a lot of profits in business, but for giving to charity and being a model of strong ethics in the workplace.

Sheldon Lavin had originally planned to be successful in investing and retire in that field. He was a manager at a big investment bank for many years, and by the time he met the owners of OSI Industries, which was then known as Otto & Sons he was already running his own consulting company. The Kolschowsky sons who owned Otto & Sons had come to him to help raise financing to open several new meat processing plants and to see about opening new locations overseas. Lavin was not a meat industry expert, but he did know how to do deals quite well and it wasn’t long before he was able to get Otto & Sons to their fundraising goal. Otto & Sons had become the premier supply company to McDonalds, and after seeing how adept he was at managing investments both Otto & Sons and McDonalds wanted Lavin to come into the business full-time. Eventually he was told he would get an ownership stake in the company and that he could use his own ideas to grow the company. Lavin decided eventually to join and then became CEO.

Sheldon Lavin started the big expansion back in the late 1970s when he made an investment in Germany, and since the company was now going international he had the name changed to OSI Industries. Soon the company was moving into Asia and became the key supplier to various McDonalds in China locations as well as other local supermarket chains, and today OSI has holdings in 17 different countries. Sheldon Lavin has also been known for retaining or looking to retain staff on every company OSI Industries has acquired, including Flagship Europe which has kept its brand name and even CEO Russell Mattock has stayed there and works with Lavin. Lavin’s community giving has included organizations like the Chicago Inner City Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Jewish United Fund.

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