About Grote Company

Grote Company manufactures reliable, top-quality food slicing and assembly equipment. Our trusted equipment and lines are built strong to make pizza, sandwich and food slicing processes faster, safer, more consistent and less expensive.

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.

What We Stand For

Our Vision

To feed our growing world – Together.

Our Mission — We are...

  • Advancing Food Processing
  • Customer Committed
  • Passionate People
  • Quality Products
  • Profitable
  • Principle Based
  • Growing
  • A Great Place to Work

A Word From Our CEO, Bob Grote

Here at Grote Company, we manufacture reliable, top-quality food slicing and assembly equipment, making it easier for our customers to make safe, high quality food.

And while I strongly believe our equipment is the best in the industry, that’s not the only thing that sets us apart. I’m so proud of our personal touch and enduring commitment to our customers and employees. When you call, we pick up the phone or come out to see you face to face. No automated runaround, just good old fashion business. This is how we began so many years ago and how we will continue to do business long into the future. 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.

Let’s feed our growing world – together.

Our Leadership

Bob Grote

Bob GroteCEO

An engineer by schooling, a salesman by nature, and a businessman by practice, Bob joined Grote Company in 2000, became CEO in 2008, and now spends his time developing industry partnerships and seeking the latest food technologies. During his tenure, he’s overseen the acquisition of industry pillars including PFI, Vanmark, Advanced Food Technology, GME International, and Pizzamatic. He serves as Director at Large of the FPSA (Food Processing Suppliers Association) and sits on various industry and non-profit boards.

Jack Grote

Jack GroteChief Operating Officer

After 30+ years in engineering, sales and executive leadership roles, Jack joined his brother Bob at Grote Company in 2011. As COO, he drives strategic initiatives that impact customer experience and improve company performance. He has engineering degrees from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Purdue University, and a MBA from Ohio State University. Jack married his high school sweetheart Kelly in 1986, and together they are avid college football fans – especially of his hometown Buckeyes.

Eric Ytterbo

Eric YtterboChief Financial Officer

Eric has decades of manufacturing and food equipment experience, previously holding various financial roles at ITW Food Equipment Group/Hobart for 27 years and serving as CFO at Grote Company since 2012. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati and is an active CPA.

Paul Jones

Paul JonesManaging Director

Paul has been with Grote Company for over 18 years in various field service, sales and leadership positions. He’s led our UK-based International office since 2007. 

Greg Gavlak

Greg GavlakDirector of Operations

Greg is responsible for Manufacturing, Production Planning and Supply Chain at Grote Company. His mission is to find ways to relentlessly extract waste from processes and to provide customers their products better and faster. Greg has previously held several leadership positions, including Captain in the United States Army. He was born and raised outside of Cleveland, OH and attended John Carroll University, where he played football. Now he coaches sports for his three children, supporting them with his wife Katie.  

Jack Grote

Jack GroteLifecycle Leader

Jack drives the lifecycle strategy across the Grote Company family of brands, including PFI and Vanmark. He focuses on helping food processors maintain and optimize their equipment from spec to replacement. He’s the third generation working in our family-owned and operated business. He graduated from The Ohio State University and previously worked as a tax accountant. He co-chairs the Open Circle Society at I Am Boundless, supporting individuals with disabilities to live fulfilling lives.

Andy Schneider

Andy SchneiderSales Director

Andy leads the sales, technical, and customer service teams that provide world-class support to our customers in North and Latin America. He’s been with Grote Company for over 20 years. Andy earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and MBA from Miami University of Ohio. He has three grown children with his wife Tina and enjoys running and kayaking. He is a retired Captain in the US Navy Reserve.

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