Grote Industries announced today the appointment of Eric Morris to the newly created post of president and chief operating officer. William D. (Bill) Grote III will assume duties of chairman and chief executive officer at the 103-year-old family owned company. Eric Morris is a 27-year veteran with Grote, having started and served as president of Grote Canada. Morris has been executive vice president and head of corporate sales and marketing for the last three years. The current sales and marketing management line-up will remain in place. Dominic Grote will continue as director, OE sales. John Grote will continue as director, aftermarket sales and Charlie Kasper as vice president, customer relations, while Michael Grote will remain national fleet manager. Brad Morris continues as general manager of Grote Canada. In his new role as chairman and CEO, Bill Grote will focus on the long-term expansion and future direction of the company.