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Grote Recognized In the Private Company Category by Columbus Business First 

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 18, 2023 – Grote Company, a manufacturer of reliable, top-quality food slicing and assembly equipment, announced today that its chief executive officer, Bob Grote, has been named among the Most Admired Executives in central Ohio by Columbus Business First. Grote was recognized in the category of “Private Companies with 101 to 500 employees.” The honorees were celebrated at an awards reception on Sept. 21, 2023.

“I’m honored to be acknowledged among the Most Admired Executives in central Ohio for doing a job I so thoroughly enjoy,” said Grote. “It’s been my privilege to lead Grote Company these past 16 years. I look forward to continuing to grow the company in the future and to all the opportunities it will bring for the entire Grote team.”

Grote has spent more than 24 years at Grote Company, 16 of those as CEO. The company celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.

Grote has overseen the company’s growth from one small factory to eight locations worldwide, employing more than 300 workers. As one of the leading voices in the food processing industry, he is often sought after for his views on issues and trends facing manufacturers.

Grote has spearheaded the company’s acquisition efforts, completing five strategic purchases over the last decade, each of which has further positioned Grote Company as a leading supplier of food processing equipment to the world's industrial food market. Grote has overseen the acquisition of industry pillars, including PFI, Vanmark, Advanced Food Technology, GME International, and Pizzamatic.

Grote serves as Director at Large of the FPSA (Food Processing Suppliers Association) and sits on various industry and local profit and non-profit boards.


About Grote Company

Grote Company manufactures reliable, top-quality food slicing and assembly equipment. Our trusted equipment is expertly designed and built strong for pizza, sandwich, and food-slicing processors. With a personal touch and enduring commitment to our customers and employees, we collaborate as one team to solve tough problems. We proudly serve not only the equipment we build, but also the people who operate and depend on it. Visit Grote Company online at

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