December 14, 2022, Sheldon IA- Kate Rome, President of Rome Grinding Solutions, is celebrating a quarter-century with the company. Rome started working full-time for Rome Grinding Solutions as the third generation of the family-owned business when she graduated from high school at the age of 18. Since then, she has held positions in purchasing, accounting, and management, before taking over as Vice President in 2008, and then President in 2014.
Rome has been well recognized through the industry for her efforts in promoting women in the workplace during her time in leadership at Rome Grinding Solutions. She has received several awards throughout her career including 2019 Class of Influential Women in Manufacturing by Putman Media, Leadership in Manufacturing by Empowering Women, 2020 Women in Manufacturing Hall of Fame Inductee by Women in Manufacturing, Achievement in Developing and Promoting Women by Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA), and Most Impactful Woman of the Year by The Women’s Meat Industry Network (WMIN).
Also worth noting, Rome has had a significant impact on the job opportunities in the town, Sheldon, Iowa, where the company is headquartered. Since taking leadership, Rome has more than doubled the jobs offered at Rome Grinding Solutions, and currently employs 59 people with more positions in development. In addition to offering jobs in Iowa, Rome Grinding Solutions has hired employees in Arizona, Colorado, and Maryland during Kate Rome’s time as President.
“It’s incredible how 25 years can feel like the blink of an eye,” Rome says in regards to her anniversary. “I am so honored to be a part of this legacy, and the future of the company looks bright. I am proud of the foundation that my grandparents and parents built for us, and I look forward to continuing sustainable growth.”
Kate Rome has had a remarkable career over the past 25 years, and it is exciting to see the continued growth and development that she continues to bring to Rome Grinding Solutions. Rome has plans for continued expansion with the "customer-service-first" mindset that has been with her for the past two and a half decades.
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.