As a salesman, Bob Grossman always tried to be innovative in how and what products were offered to clients. In the late 1960’s he ordered a product from Italy made of Terracotta clay that arrived damaged and unusable. Upon contacting the vendor regarding the damaged product, he received little help and poor customer service.
Bob, being an unhappy customer and salesman in the plastics industry, decided to create and manufacture a better quality product and contacted Tom Schidel in order to do so. Tom was the Chief Design Engineer for Rubbermaid when asked by Bob to start a new company with him as a rotational-molding engineer. One week later, Tom arrived in Miami, Florida, to meet with Bob. They started a company known as RotoCast, which grew to be one of the biggest rotational-molding company in the country. With 9 factories throughout the U.S., they produced close to one thousand products through 18 proprietary product lines that included planters, lampposts, toolboxes and more.
Tom was as creative as Bob was innovative. Developing products from scratch or sketch, Tom implemented product templates for most of the company’s products as well as other companies that extended outside of the roto-molding industry. Such products ranged from toolboxes for pest-control companies to various models of heavy-duty equipment for construction companies, continuing the success and growth of RotoCast.
Bob started the Association of Rotational Molding, or ARM, in which many different roto-molders would come together to discuss how to improve the roto-molding industry. He was elected as the organization’s first president and was the first inductee into ARM’s hall of fame, followed thereafter by Tom. ARM has not only improved the methods and use of rotational-molding, but has also helped businesses in the industry to grow and excel from adopting said roto-molding methods.