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OSI Industries Is Dedicated To Sustainability

David McDonald has been working with OSI Industries for over 30 years. He has gone from a project manager on the supply chain to the company’s COO and president. He was raised on a Iowan farm and he graduated from Iowa State University. He earned his animal science bachelor’s degree and won the Wallace E. Barron Outstanding Senior Award. OSI started as a neighborhood butcher shop in Chicago. It became the restaurant McDonald’s regional meat supplier before it went global.

OSI Industries now has more than 20,000 employees at over 65 facilities in 17 countries. It currently is ranked number 58 in the Forbes list with a net worth of $6.1 billion.

In 1955, McDonald’s first Golden Arches were built in Des Plaines, Illinois. OSI was known as Otto & Sons at that time. It grew from Otto Kolschowsky’s butcher shop that he founded in 1909. Otto & sons became on the four primary U.S. beef suppliers for McDonald’s in the 1970s. In 1975, it became OSI Industries under Sheldon Lavin’s leadership. He became a partner that year. He is currently the CEO and chairman. He originally hired David McDonald as an intern after he graduate from Iowa State. OSI entered joint ventures with companies in Europe, the Americas, and the Pacific Rim in the 80s and 90s. In the most recent decade OSI has expanded its Chinese operations and has opened processing facilities in India, Japan, and Poland.

OSI Industries is committed to sustainable food production. Sheldon Lavin led OSI to use new strategies and technologies to become more efficient and leave less of an environmental footprint. Sheldon and OSI have won awards for sustainability, like the British Safety Council’s Glob of Honour, the North American Meat Institute’s Environmental Award, and the California Green Business Award.

Lavin received the Global Visionary Award in 2016 from India’s Vision World Academy for pursuing and accomplishing his goals. He is involved with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the Rush University Medical Center, the Inner City Foundation of Chicago, the Jewish United Fund, the Sheba Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago, the Evans Scholarship Fund, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the United Negro Fund, and the Goodman Theatre. Sheldon received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

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