As Grote Industries. which operates in the development, manufacture and supply of visibility and safety systems for the on-highway, off-highway and trailer body builder markets, enters its 121st year of operation, the family continues in its leadership and embraces change in preparation for the future. Recently, fourth-generation family members, Dominic, John and Mike Grote acquired 100% control of Grote Industries, Inc.
Dominic Grote will continue as CEO and President, while John Grote has been appointed Chief Operating Officer, and Mike Grote continues in his role as General Manager, Asia. Bill Grote, Chairman of the Board, and Buzz Grote will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as the third generation “hands the reigns” over to the fourth-generation leaders.
As the new COO, John will lead global business operations in North America, Europe and Asia and help bring greater focus to the operational performance of the entire business. John has worked for Grote Industries for 23 years in various Sales and Marketing and General Manager leadership roles, from Marketing Manager to Grote’s first Managing Director of Grote Europe to Global Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
“We believe this expanded vision bonds the Grote team with our customers and looks toward the future on the things that can make their businesses more profitable by being safer,” said Dominic Grote, CEO and president of Grote Industries. “As we talk about the transition in the business and being a fourth-generation family business, the statistics aren't typically in the favor of businesses going from generation to generation, but we've taken many steps over the last couple of generations to do the right things for the business to make sure we're able to continue as a family business, offering our employees, customers and communities continued continuity.”
"We are investing for the future. We see an ever-expanding opportunity globally in areas such as telematics, electric vehicles, and autonomous driving where our key capabilities and technologies can be leveraged and pay off for our customers," said Mike Grote, general manager of Grote's Asian Division.