Coldwater buys CoorsTek ceramic drainage elements business

Atlanta, GA-based Coldwater Group has bought the paper machine drainage elements business of CoorsTek in Hillsboro, OR, formerly known as Wilbanks Ceramics.

CoorsTek and Wilbanks have a long reputation as industry leaders in premium ceramic drainage elements for the paper industry and Coldwater has had a long-term sales and marketing relationship with CoorsTek and Wilbanks. CoorsTek will continue to be the primary supplier of the ceramic segments used in all Coldwater Wilbanks drainage elements. The assets required to assemble, grind and repair these precision ceramic drainage elements will be moved from Hillsboro to Coldwater’s Atlanta manufacturing facility.

“This acquisition allows us to control the manufacturing of all our ceramic drainage elements, and the manufacture of our new and patented Acu-Pulse and Acu-Step on-the-run adjustable blades in Atlanta. Plus, we now have Wilbanks global installation database, perhaps the largest installed base of any supplier, making it easier for us to quickly offer replacement elements,” said company president David Withers.

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