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Phone: (614) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: j***@***.com
935 Taylor Station Road
Columbus , Ohio 43230
United States

Company Description: At Donatos, we not only offer you a career path, we offer stability. Our company philosophy is based on a strong belief in product, principle and people. We promote...   more

Employment History

  • Chief Executive Officer and Chairman

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Monthly Message -- July 2013, 1 July 2013 [cached]
In 1963, Jim Grote founded Donatos on the simple philosophy: "To make the best pizza and treat others the way I would like to be treated.
Donatos founder Jim Grote started making pizzas at a time when Americans were just beginning to fall in love with the pepperoni-and-cheese-topped pies.
Peppamatic - 1st automated pepperoni slicer/applicator | Grote Company, 25 Jan 2015 [cached]
As founder of Donatos Pizza, a Columbus, Ohio-based chain with 200 stores in five states, Jim Grote was driven to find a better way to slice and apply pepperoni to his pies.
The Peppamatic's unique ability to cut labor cost, while increasing productivity and efficiency, inspired Jim to found the Grote Company.
Since 1972, Grote Company has established itself as the world leader in slicer/applicator innovation and technology, and continues to revolutionize the way food processors and manufacturers slice, stack, portion, count and arrange virtually all types of food products.
Grote's extensive product line includes equipment to handle simple applications, such as bulk slicing and portion control, and is ideal for slicing most boneless and non-frozen deli and whole muscle meats. The delicate cutting action of Grote's patented Accuband® blade makes it one of the most versatile slicing systems in the industry. Grote's 613 and 713 multi-purpose slicers offer two of the most diverse cutting platforms on the market today.
Grote's more complex systems provide solutions for automating food manufacturing processes.
From the beginning in 1963, Jim ..., 27 July 2014 [cached]
From the beginning in 1963, Jim Grote built Donatos on three fundamentals: creating a superior product, hiring great people, and adhering to strong principles that promote goodwill in business and the community. His philosophy was simple and powerfully successful: "To make the best pizza and treat others the way I would like to be treated."
Today, our family-owned company remains a pizza favorite. Working with his daughter, Donatos Chairwoman Jane Grote Abell, Jim remains a guiding influence at Donatos.
The customer was Jim Grote, ..., 8 Dec 2013 [cached]
The customer was Jim Grote, founder of Donatos, who needed someone to make metal parts for machines that slice meat for pizzas.
Grote saw the potential to streamline pizza-making by having machines do some of the work. His company wasn't big enough to hire a large sheet-metal contractor, so he found Wolf, who lived nearby.
Wolf recalls how Grote would "bring down a pizza and a six-pack of Pepsi and wait for his parts."
The work in his garage began to take up almost all of his evenings and weekends, and much of the work was for Grote.
"The Wolfs are like artists," Grote said in an email.
Donatos founder Jim ..., 3 Mar 2014 [cached]
Donatos founder Jim Grote talks hiring, transparency, work-life balance at the Metropreneur
~ Jim Grote, founder of Donatos Pizza, share his thoughts on business and life as an an entrepreneur.
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