Posted September 28, 2016

    Blades Awarded Executive Leader of the Year by Ideas America

    tom-blades

    Grote Global Vice President of Operations Tom Blades was named Executive Leader of the Year during the 74th annual Ideas America Training Summit held Sept. 13-15 in Atlanta.

    “There are many reasons why Tom is deserving of this recognition,” said Grote President and CEO, Dominic Grote. “But I believe the characteristics that make him stand out the most as a leader, especially in the field of cost reduction, are his passion for the pursuit of improvement, his consistency in maintaining this as a priority, and the ability to which he has helped bring our organization into alignment.”

    The award is presented to recognize the importance of executive management’s support of employee involvement through their leadership and employee involvement activities. Ideas America is an international organization that brings together a variety of professionals who work to encourage employees to become more involved in their workplaces. Grote has been a member of Ideas America for nearly 20 years and has had an employee suggestion program since 1971.

    “Tom has an integral role in our employee suggestion system,” said Grote Continuous Improvement Coordinator Larry Truax. “He has final approval of all implementations, and final approval of all rewards paid.  All rejections must be reviewed and accepted by him, as well.  It would be easy for a person in his position to delegate these responsibilities to a subordinate, but this is not the case.  Tom reviews every single implemented Idea, and also reviews each rejection.”

    Blades was one of six nominees and was nominated by Truax and Grote GPS Director Rob Reese.

    “I am very proud of Tom and this recognition of his leadership and equally proud of our entire Grote team for all of their contributions towards making us a better company,” said Grote.

    Posted September 28, 2016

    Latest News

    Grote Protective Face Shield
    Grote Protective Face Shield

    As the world continues to struggle through the COVID-19 outbreak, the supply and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment to some industries and market segments remains erratic. With a clear need for effective safety equipment and a self-imposed mandate to help, the executive leadership team at Grote Industries decided to do something about it.

    Grote lights on fire truck
    Grote Donates Lights to Local Fire Department

    When Will Corwin, Mechanical Engineering Technician at Grote Industries, saw the new vehicle for the Madison Township Fire Department being customized at RKO Enterprises, he noticed something odd. After months of design and construction work, the brand-new 2020 Chevy Silverado was almost ready for action. The only problem was the work lights.