Grote Co., Columbus, OH, recently acquired Chicago-based Pizzamatic Corp., a designer and manufacturer of automation equipment for the frozen, chilled and institutional pizza industries.

“This acquisition brings Grote back as a complete line pizza equipment manufacturer with leading technology in sauce depositing and waterfall application, complementing our world class Peppamatic and Pendulum slicers,” says Grote CEO Bob Grote. “Pizzamatic also offers equipment with an alternate slicing method to our Accuband, which is a great supplement to our traditional methods. Since its founding [in 1962], Pizzamatic has demonstrated a very similar culture to J.E. Grote’s—a laser focus on the customer and delivering a quality product each and every day. Pizzamatic has many loyal customers that we will now have the pleasure to serve together under one banner. Pizzamatic’s rich engineering history of cutting-edge designs should blossom under our ownership. Combined, our companies will be a more formidable force in the pizza industry and the food industry as a whole.”