Army-Navy Duo Puts Rivalry Aside to Help Grow Rosati Ice in Clifton Heights

Image of Bill Anderson, left, and Rich Trotter via Ed Hille, Philadelphia Inquirer.

Rich Trotter, a West Point graduate, and Navy man Bill Anderson put aside their usual rivalry to help grow Rosati Ice, the century-old Italian ice company based in Clifton Heights, writes Diane Mastrull for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Trotter bought R.S. Rosati a little more than two decades ago, while Anderson is the chair of the Philadelphia chapter of Vistage, an executive support group. Three years ago, he criticized Trotter’s growth plan for not being ambitious enough and has now helped Rosati Ice become a national player.

Trotter said that, after Anderson approached him, sales initially doubled, but since 2015 business had leveled off.

“It was my fault,” said Trotter. “I didn’t have a model for hiring people to go out and sell the product.”

Anderson saw great potential in the business and has been working on growing the company ever since. He is now finalizing a new 20,000-square-foot freezer and hoping to add around 10 new jobs.

Trotter is also planning to spend around $5 million on new warehouse, production, and office areas that should increase the company’s revenue to between $20 and $30 million dollars a year.

Read more about Rich Trotter and Bill Anderson in the Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.

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