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Bruce Nelson To Retire from Colmac Coil, After 40 Years of Service


Colville, WA:  Colmac Coil announces that Bruce I. Nelson, P.E., the firm’s past president and current Director of Innovation, will retire effective July 4th, 2021. Following a 40-year career of service and leadership at Colmac Coil, Nelson will continue his work through his newly formed consulting company, Bruce V. Nelson Engineering, LLC.

Nelson joined Colmac Coil in 1981 as a design engineer.  He worked to develop the company’s first industrial air cooler product line and pioneered Colmac’s first computer-based coil selection software, CoilPro.   After working in engineering management roles and as corporate vice president, Nelson served Colmac Coil as president and director from 1997-2021, responsible for overall operational and strategic management of the company. During Nelson’s tenure as president, he played a critical role in Colmac Coil’s growth in sales and recognition both domestically and internationally as an innovative industry leader in the industrial refrigeration market.

“Everybody enjoys working with Bruce because he is so passionate about his work, and he is always eager to share his knowledge with others.” Said Joe Fazzari, P.E, President, Colmac Coil “Colmac’s highly engineered product offering and good reputation in the market was achieved due to Bruce’s many years of hard work as President.  We would not be the successful company we are today without Bruce.” 

“Colmac Coil will continue to draw on Bruce’s vast technical and market knowledge through his work as a consultant.” Said Jeremy Olberding, Vice President, Colmac Coil

In addition to Nelson’s service and achievements with Colmac Coil, he was the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) Chairman of the Board in 2020; served as Ammonia Refrigeration Foundation (ARF) Chair in 2021, received ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award in 2013, and has been an active member in several other trade organizations. The longtime resident of Washington state received his undergraduate degree from Washington State University in 1979.   During his career, Bruce has published many technical papers and holds a number of US and International patents. 

A farewell celebration will be held on July 1st at 12:00 pm on July 1st, 2021 at Colmac Coil.  All Friends, coworkers and well-wishers are welcome to attend. Please contact Joseph Schweitzer, Marketing Coordinator, (” for details.

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About Colmac Coil Manufacturing, Inc.

Since 1971 Colmac Coil has provided customers worldwide with innovative heat exchangers and heat transfer solutions for industrial refrigeration, HVAC, power generation, and gas compression applications. The company builds heating and cooling coils, refrigeration air coolers and blast freezers, air-cooled fluid coolers and condensers, and heat pipes for heat recovery. State-of-the-art selection software accurately calculates heat exchanger performance for a wide range of working fluids, materials, and operating conditions. World-class manufacturing facilities in both Washington State and in Illinois provide customers with fast delivery times and outstanding after sales support. 

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