Coldwater Adds Over 80 Years of Wet-End Experience to Technical Support Team

March 3, 2017

Atlanta, Georgia USA: With its recent acquisition of RPM Technologies, Coldwater Group has added three highly respected wet-end experts to its Technical Support Team. Karl Lemme joins Coldwater’s Engineering Group focused on wet-end product design and manufacturing. Karl has been an Engineer in the paper industry for more than 28 years and holds a BSME in Mechanical Engineering. Karl has been involved with all aspects of the design, manufacturing, and installation of wet-end drainage equipment. Karl has held positions as Design Engineer, Project Engineer, Plant Engineer and until Coldwater’s acquisition, served as Engineering Manager for RPM Technologies. Karl and his wife will be relocating from Massachusetts to Atlanta and in doing so he will be trading in his snow skis for golf clubs.


Jim White joins Coldwater as Forming Systems Specialist and began his paper industry career in 1989 as a drainage equipment design engineer. Over the last 28 years Jim’s held positions as an Applications Engineer, Sr. Projects Manager, Corporate Sales Account Manager, Regional Sales Manager, Sales Manager and Product Line Manager. Jim’s responsibilities with Coldwater will be to work closely with our North American Sales force to deliver solutions to the wet-end of our customer’s paper machines that result in performance improvements and cost savings. Jim will be based out of Belchertown Massachusetts and he enjoys camping, hunting fishing, and just about anything outdoors.

Jeff Foster also joins Coldwater as a Forming Systems Specialist and began his paper industry career in 1989 after serving as a machinist in the U.S. Navy for eight years. He started with IBS of America manufacturing ceramic drainage elements and equipment and during his ten years with IBS he worked as a Field Service Engineer, eventually becoming the Field Service Manager for North and South America.  In 1999, Jeff joined Coors/Wilbanks (CoorsTek) where he served as the Sales and Service Engineer for the Eastern U.S. and Europe. When CoorsTek merged with Johnson Foils in 2003, Jeff operated as their Mid-Atlantic Sales and Service Representative.  In 2013, he joined RPM Technologies and continued in the role of Sales and Service Representative for the Mid-Atlantic region.  Jeff’s responsibilities will include working closely with the North American sales team to deliver wet-end solutions to our customers’ paper machines that result in performance improvements and cost savings. Jeff and his wife Jacqueline reside in Chesapeake, Virginia.

Doug Wall, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Coldwater, commented “our recent acquisition of RPM not only gives us one of the most innovative and value-driven drainage product offerings in the industry but it adds three wet-end experts to our team with a wealth of knowledge. We are very excited about the experience, ideas and solutions Karl, Jim and Jeff will bring to our customers’ wet-end operations.”