Building on Our Long Tradition of Innovation and Excellence

Since we were founded in 1972 by Jim Grote, Grote Company has been a family-owned and operated manufacturer of food processing equipment known for exceptional customer service, unparalleled craftsmanship, dependability and quality.

In the last 20 years we have diversified and strengthened our food processing expertise with acquisitions of industry pillars Vanmark, Advanced Food Technology, GME International, and Pizzamatic.

Grote Company is now the leading manufacturer of slicing and food assembly equipment for companies the world over, from small local businesses to global brands. Why do so many food processors trust us with their iconic brands? In short, it’s because our enduring commitment to serve our customers, provide a personal touch and deliver an extensive line of durable equipment that just works. In the rare case when an issue arises, our dedicated, hardworking team doesn’t stop until everything runs perfectly. We’re not a vendor; we’re a member of your team.

You might say we don’t make food; we make food-making better. Our customers appreciate that we help them improve production, increase yield, reduce waste and achieve high ROI. Their customers in turn appreciate safe, consistent, tasty menu items.

Today, Grote Company is run by Jim’s nephews Bob and Jack Grote, CEO and COO respectively. They continue to live and promote Jim’s founding principles of creating a quality product, hiring passionate people, promoting goodwill in business and the community, and honoring our enduring commitment to every customer we serve. While Grote Company continues to innovate and adapt with ever-changing trends and technologies, one thing has and will never change: our personal touch and people-first approach. We treat each customer as we would our own neighbors.

Our mission: To feed our growing world – Together.

Our History

From our very first invention until today, we’ve applied the same craftsmanship, care and innovative spirit to everything we make. Here are a few of the milestones that helped us earn our worldwide reputation for quality.

1960s 

Peppamatic invented

1972

Grote Company founded

1981

AccuBand® blades patented

1982 

Current headquarters established in Columbus, OH

1989

International Sales & Service office opened in UK

2007

Advanced Food Technology (AFT) acquisition

2007 

Vanmark acquisition

2008

Bob Grote becomes CEO

2011

Jack Grote joins as COO

2012

GME acquisition

2015

Pizzamatic acquisition

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