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October 1, 2020 : President Kate Rome gets Inducted Into WiM Hall of Fame
Rome Grinding Solutions is proud to announce that President, Kate Rome, was inducted into the Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame as one of 15 women in the inaugural class. Among women from companies such as John Deere, Boeing, Toyota, HP, and GE, Rome was honored via a virtual celebration during the Women in Manufacturing Annual Summit.
Kate Rome’s acknowledgement stems from her work towards advancing women in the manufacturing and food and beverage industries. Some of her accomplishments include increasing the number of female employees at Rome Grinding Solutions by 25% since her presidency, founding and leading the FPSA Women’s Alliance Network, being the second woman ever to sit on the Board for the FPSA, as well as the first to sit on the Board for the MISA Council as the Vice Chair within the FPSA.
Kate’s previous awards include the 2019 Influential Women in Manufacturing, awarded by the Women in Manufacturing organization, and the Leadership in Manufacturing Award from the Empowering Women in Industry organization. The ceremony was celebrated virtually as well as at Rome’s headquarters with a high tea luncheon and a champagne toast to Kate’s accomplishments.
September 8, 2020 Expanding Your Grinding Operations to Keep Up with Demand
With the changing times and the rising demand for meat and poultry-based consumer goods, now is the perfect opportunity to expand your grinding operations. Making the investment to grow your business is a big decision, so partnering with the right equipment expert is central to the success of your expansion.
First and foremost, the budget and percent of product increase needs to be established and transparent with the team involved with the project. This will set parameters for the venture at hand, and will help to keep the project on track. Once you have your budget and production goals set, you need to pinpoint where the bottleneck will occur in your operations as the throughput is increased. Identifying the potential problem areas upfront and addressing them in your initial plans prevents unforeseen issues in your grind line as your expansion progresses.
Next, you will have to decide if you have space to add new equipment, or if you need to look at options of optimizing your current equipment. If you are looking to optimize, consider a conversion system that is compatible with your current grinders. Many times, this is a lower cost alternative that can help small to mid-sized processors expand their throughput without driving the cost up significantly. If additional equipment is the right choice for your expansion, there are questions that you will have to answer before deciding on your next grinder. Since many factors can affect product definition, it is important to address the following:
•Is your product changing/are you expanding product offerings?
•Are you adding a new component to your current mix?
•Are there any changes to product temperature?
After answering these questions, you will be able to work with your grinding solutions partner to determine what equipment is most appropriate for your meat or poultry processing application. You will then have to decide if you want made-to-order equipment or refurbished grinders that match the necessary specs.
As the project moves forward, it is important to review your current maintenance schedule and see if it will keep up with your new operations. If your schedule is not suitable, now is a good time to establish best practices for ordering spare parts and scheduling preventative service. Working with a trusted partner to form a service contract is the best way to minimize concerns of unanticipated downtime.
Whether you are ready to expand immediately, or you are just considering it for the future, it is imperative to make sure that your grind line is ready to keep up with your growing business. Doing your research up front and working with an experienced equipment supplier will increase ROI and reduce problems as you roll out your expansion plans.
Rome Grinding Solutions has over 4 decades of expertise in grind line expansion for meat processors of all sizes, and can help you every step of the way. Give us a call at 800-443-0557 or email email@example.com to learn more.
August 4, 2020 President of Rome Grinding Solutions recognized for the advancement of women in the manufacturing industry
August 4, 2020, Sheldon Iowa– Rome Grinding Solutions is proud to announce that President Kate Rome has been recognized by two industry groups for her contributions to the advancement of women in the manufacturing industry. Kate Rome represents the third generation of the family owned company, and has made Rome Grinding Solutions her life-long career.
The first recognition comes from Empowering Women in Industry. On August 1st, Kate was presented with the Leadership in Manufacturing Award during the virtual Empowering Women 2020 National Event. The second recognition comes from Women in Manufacturing (WiM), where Rome is included in the inaugural class of the organization’s Hall of Fame inductees. The list was released on August 3rd, and the official ceremony will occur on October 1st, 2020 during the virtual WiM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.Both of the accolades stem from Rome’s initiatives for the promotion of women in the manufacturing and food processing industries. Kate Rome helped to found the Women’s Alliance Network (WAN) for the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) and currently serves as the Chairwoman for the group. Rome is also the second woman ever to sit on the Board for the FPSA, and is the first woman to serve as Vice Chair on the MISA (Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance) council.
In addition to industry impact, Rome has been an advocate for advancement of women at Rome Grinding Solutions by increasing women in leadership and closing the wage gap for her employees. Rome has opened the dialogue with other manufacturing companies and has encouraged them to examine their hiring practices as well.
Rome Grinding Solutions, established in 1977 and headquartered in Sheldon, Iowa, is a third-generation family and woman owned business. Rome Grinding Solutions is an industry leader in manufacturing grinding equipment for food processing applications including the following industries: meat, poultry, pet food, rendering, fruit and vegetables, seafood, dairy, ingredient manufacturing and others. For more information please contact Cara Godack at firstname.lastname@example.org.See the official press release here.
July 31, 2020; Rome Grinding Solutions’ Values
As we are all reflecting on what is most important during this rapid change to a “new normal,” we wanted to take a moment to share our company values so that you can see what motivates our team to put our best foot forward in everything that we do.
If you have ever done business with us, you know that you are investing in much more than a piece of equipment; at Rome Grinding Solutions, we take pride in truly putting our customers first. Whether you are buying a replacement part, a service contract, or an entire grinding line, our expertise and transparency will be prevalent every step of the way.
July 7, 2020; Rome Grinding Solutions Celebrates 43 Years
The beginning of the new fiscal year marked Rome Grinding Solutions’ 43rd anniversary. As a privately held, third generation family owned business, Rome has a deep history in grinding equipment manufacturing. Rome was first established to provide service to the oil and milling industry. As market demand changed, the company found a niche in food processing, and has since become a leader for grinding equipment, spare parts and service in the industry.
Rome is currently led by President Kate Rome, the granddaughter of founders Dolores and Dan Boster. The Boster’s other granddaughter, and Kate’s identical twin, Kelley Newgard is currently serving as the Vice President of Operations for the company. Both Rome and Newgard’s children have started to learn the business so they can eventually take over as the fourth generation of family ownership.
Rome Grinding Solutions currently serves some of the largest food processing companies in the country, and also specializes in helping small to mid-sized processors grow their operations. Primarily serving the meat, pet food, rendering, and poultry industries, Rome also works in the seafood, cheese, fruit and vegetable, and ingredient processing spaces.
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March 6, 2020; Rome Grinding Solutions Celebrates International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day, on
Sunday March 8th, celebrates the achievements and aspirations of
women across the world. At Rome Grinding Solutions, these accomplishments are honored
as a core of the business.
Rome Grinding Solutions has a rich
history of women leading in the manufacturing industry. When the company was founded in 1977, it was
run by Dolores and Dan Boster. As a family business it was passed to their
child Bonnie and her husband Mike Weaver in 1990. In 2002, Rome’s current
President and daughter of Bonnie and Mike Weaver, Kate Rome, purchased her
first piece of the business, adding to the legacy of always being majority
women owned and operated.
beginning of Rome, Boster made it clear that what mattered most was nurturing employees
and getting the job done, regardless of traditional gender expectations. When
Kate started working at Rome at the age of 16, she was the only woman actively
working in the company at the time. After gaining experience in the
male-dominated food processing industry, she decided to follow her
grandmother’s mentality and worked hard to shift the culture. Since becoming
president, Kate has hired woman in all roles across the company, bumping the
number up to women representing 25% of all employees. Kate has also lead
industry groups for women in food processing, and has won awards for her
contributions to empowering women in the manufacturing industries.
Kate honors the entrepreneurial
spirit of her grandmother and mother in her day to day operations of the
company. The women of Rome Grinding Solutions have built an empire that
celebrates the unique talents of its employees. There is always work to be done
to achieve equal representation for women in manufacturing, and the women of
Rome are leading the way.
RRS vs Competitors
January 24, 2020: Rome Reclaim System can optimize your grinder in as little as 10 minutes. It can be installed on an existing grinder or it can come as part of our Smart Grinder series. Take a minute to see why RRS is the best bone collection and reclaim system available.
5 Surprising Industries to Grind
January 7, 2020: Rome Grinding Solutions has been a recognized partner for many companies in the meat and rendering industries over the years, but did you know that Rome provides industrial grinding equipment for companies in food processing and beyond? Our equipment can be used for fruit and vegetable processing, cheese production, ingredient manufacturing, seafood processing, and recycling, too.