December 16, 2021

Precision Food Innovations announces leadership change

Precision Food Innovations (PFI), a manufacturer of sanitary conveying equipment, announced Dec. 16 the retirement of general manager Gary Schiltz, who worked for the company for 40 years.

PFI has named Tom Vipond as the new general manager, effective Jan. 3, 2022. Vipond has more than two decades of food industry experience.

Schiltz was instrumental in establishing PFI as a household name in the food processing industry. Vipond spent 20 years in various roles at PFI, recently returning to the company after a brief departure.

“I’ve met and worked with many outstanding individuals during my tenure here. My thanks to all who’ve contributed to PFI’s success over the years,” Schiltz said through a press release. “I’m leaving the company in the extremely capable hands of Tom Vipond, whose vast experience in the food industry, much of it with PFI, will be invaluable as the company navigates the future.”

“I’m beyond excited to lead PFI into its next chapter,” said Vipond. “My focus will be on continuing to grow the company while providing outstanding customer service and leading with empathy. Gary leaves some very big shoes to fill, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

In other personnel news, Scott Parker joins PFI as engineering manager, effective immediately. Based in San Antonio, Parker manages both the Algona and San Antonio operations.

Earlier this year, PFI was acquired by Grote Company, an industrial food slicing and assembly equipment manufacturer based in Columbus, Ohio.

PFI specializes in bulk material handling and conveying equipment for the food processing and packaging industries. For more information, visit


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