Rome Grinding Solutions team member receives industry honorsNicole Chestnut

Sheldon, Iowa (September 26, 2019) – Rome Grinding Solutions, a manufacturer of industrial grinders and equipment for the meat, poultry, pet food and related industries, is pleased to announce that Nicole Chestnut, Rome’s Customer Service Manager and Safety Director is the recipient of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) Women’s Alliance Network’s Red Circle Rising Star Honor.

This honor recognizes a woman with less than five years of food and beverage industry experience who has made a noticeable impact via professional achievements and personal influence in the industry.

Chestnut began working at Rome Grinding Solutions as a receptionist in 2015. After several months, she was promoted to an Inside Sales Customer Service Representative. She quickly made her ascension to her current position, due in part to her eagerness to be knowledgeable about the products and processes that Rome offers. She built a rapport with both clients and team members as someone they can count on and trust.

Chestnut is an active volunteer for the FPSA as a member of the Women’s Alliance Network’s Leadership Committee and the liaison for the FPSA Prepared Foods Council. In addition, Chestnut is active in other organizations including Women in Manufacturing (WIM)  a national trade association dedicated to providing year-round support to women who have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry.

“Women have contributed so much to FPSA and the food and beverage industry,” said Mary George, FPSA Women’s Alliance Network co-chair. “It is the right time to recognize their achievements, as well as an FPSA member company for its role in promoting workplace gender balance.”

The Red Circle Honors will be presented at the Women’s Alliance Network Breakfast on October 10 during PROCESS EXPO in Chicago. Other Red Circle honorees include:

  • Career Excellence — Nancy Corriveau, Blentech Corporation
  • Innovation and Inspiration — Carole Tonello-Samson, Hiperbaric
  • Achievement in Developing and Promoting Women — The Haskell Company

To register for the Women’s Alliance Network Breakfast on October 10 during PROCESS EXPO at McCormick Place visit The breakfast is free and open to all, but registration is recommended as space is limited. To register for the show or for more information on attending, please visit


Rome Grinding Solutions welcomes third generation family member to key operations role


Sheldon, Iowa (July 29, 2019) – Rome Grinding Solutions, a manufacturer of industrial grinders and equipment for the meat, poultry, pet food and related industries, is pleased to announce the addition of Kelley Newgard as Vice President of Operations, effective July 22, 2019.

Previously, Newgard worked in operations for a municipal water company and since 2006 has been in the insurance and financial planning sector. A granddaughter of the founders, she was raised around the family business that she now joinsand has served on the Rome Grinding Solutions Board of Directors since 2016.

“Kelley’s transition into operations is a natural step to support and spur the growth of Rome Grinding Solutions,” said President Kate Rome. “Kelley has sharpened her knowledge about our business and the industries that we serve in her current role as Board Corporate Secretary.”

As Vice President of Operations, Newgard oversees purchasing, accounting, human resources, and general day-to-day operations, taking over responsibilities that primarily had been handled by the company president.

In addition to Newgard, Rome Grinding Solutions recently added Human Resources Director Kitty Campbell, Purchasing Director Krysten Haan and several new support staff members to its team. Also, long-time employeeCraig Jongerius was transitioned from Vice President of Operations to the newly created Vice President of Production position that better defines his role in overseeing the entire manufacturing process.

“The changes build off of our success and growth in recent years to support a structure that best serves our customers and partners,” Rome said. “The personnel additions and realignment will free up my time to work on process improvement, new product development and growing the business.”

Kate Rome named to 2019 Class of Influential Women In Manufacturing

Putman Media, publisher of Chemical Processing, Control, Control Design, Food Processing, Pharma Manufacturing, Plant Services and Smart Industry magazines, recently announced the 2019 class of Influential Women in Manufacturing.

by Erin Hallstrom, IWIM co-founder

The 26 women who join the ranks of IWIM this year are recognized for their change leadership in manufacturing—their risk-embracing work that serves to move the needle on asset management and reliability, digital transformation, workforce development, and other elements critical to ensuring the manufacturing industry’s readiness to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.

More than 120 nominations from across industry were received for IWIM 2019; all nominations were reviewed in April by a 15-member Putman Media voting panel. Among the honorees in this year’s class of Influential Women in Manufacturing are CEOs, senior engineers and a member of Congress. They are leading initiatives that are challenging traditional approaches to focus areas ranging from production process management to manufacturing workforce recruitment.

Says Putman Media CEO John Cappelletti: “It’s exciting to once again announce a group of outstanding individuals who are driving important changes both within their companies and for the manufacturing industry overall. The future-focused leadership and innovative problem-solving demonstrated by the 26 members of the 2019 class of Influential Women in Manufacturing inspires new and veteran members of the field alike, and it is Putman Media’s honor to recognize this incredible group. Congratulations, 2019 IWIM honorees!”

The 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing honorees will be profiled in a dedicated e-book to be released by Putman Media in September and recognized in person at the 2019 IWIM awards luncheon, taking place Friday, Oct. 4 (Manufacturing Day) at MxD in Chicago.

For a full list of honorees and more about the awards click here.

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