SHELDON, IOWA — The president of Rome Grinding Solutions has been recognized for her contributions to the advancement of women in manufacturing, the company reported on Aug. 4.

President Kate Rome received two recognitions, one from Empowering Women in the Industry and the other from Women in Manufacturing (WiM).

Empowering Women in the Industry presented the Leadership in Manufacturing Award to Rome on Aug. 1 during its virtual Empowering Women 2020 National Event. Rome was also a member of WiM’s inaugural class of Hall of Fame inductees on Aug. 3. The official WiM Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place virtually on Oct. 1.

Rome is the third-generation owner of Rome Grinding Solutions. She has spent her entire career with the company.

Throughout her career, Rome helped found the Food Processing Suppliers Association’s (FPSA) Women’s Alliance Network (WAN), for which she is currently serving as chairwoman. Additionally, she is the first woman to sit on FPSA’s board of directors, and the first woman to serve as vice chair for the Meat Industry Suppliers Alliance (MISA) council.

Within Rome Grinding Solutions, Rome has advocated for more women in leadership positions and closing the wage gap for its employees. She has also worked with other manufacturing companies on how to empower women in the industry.

Rome is a family-owned grinding equipment supplier founded in 1977. The company serves the pet food processing industry, as well as industries for meat, poultry and seafood processing, fruit and vegetable processing, dairy processing, ingredient manufacturing and others.

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