Shabir Balolia will provide strategic leadership as COO of Grizzly Industrial Inc. He enters the role with over 30 years of experience at the company.
Grizzly Industrial Inc. has promoted Shabir Balolia to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) in order to enable the company’s expected growth over the next five years. Grizzly provides a wide variety of woodworking and metalworking machinery to companies and individuals. According to the company, Balolia will support his father, Grizzly founder and CEO, Shiraz Balolia, in executing its mission to provide high-quality machinery at low prices.
“We have a lot of very exciting growth opportunities and global goals that will take the company to the next level. I’m looking forward to planning and working with our executive team to accomplish those objectives. My father has worked very hard to create a successful business and this move will also give him the opportunity to enjoy his retirement,” Balolia explains.
Balolia joined Grizzly over thirty years ago as a teenager — sweeping, packing boxes, stocking shelves and even cleaning bathrooms. He worked his way up through the service department, accounts payable, call center and showroom management. At age 30, he took on the role of Corporate Manager, overseeing product design, digital marketing, and in-store retail management.
He continued to expand his career and Grizzly’s footprint, becoming involved in S.B. Holdings (Grizzly’s parent company) and working in legal affairs while maintaining his previous duties. Having played a role in nearly every aspect of the company, Balolia’s move to COO is the natural culmination of decades of dedication.
“Shabir and I have worked together for almost 30 years and I am looking forward to continuing this partnership as he carries on the family legacy,” according to the president of Grizzly Industrial Inc., Robert McCoy.