March 09, 2023
PFI, a manufacturer of sanitary conveying equipment, announced it has named Tom Vipond as Division General Manager. Vipond will oversee all PFI locations and operations and will continue to report to Bob Grote, chief executive officer of Grote Company, PFI’s parent company.
"We’re truly excited to continue to work with Tom Vipond to grow PFI. In his tenure with PFI, Tom has proven to be forward-thinking and bold, demonstrating a knack for understanding our customer’s needs and direction. His customer-centric focus promises to carry on our enduring commitment to each company we work with."Tom Vipond:
"As part of the Grote family of brands, we at PFI look forward to working hand-in-hand to keep growing the business. As PFI heads into its next chapter, my focus is on our customers and building on our talented internal team."Vipond joined PFI in January 2022 as general manager at its Algona facility. He has more than two decades of experience in the food industry, much of it with PFI when it was known as Kofab. PFI was acquired by Grote Company in 2021. It has locations in Algona, Iowa, and San Antonio, Texas.