Edgewater Capital Announces New Operating Partner, Chris Springer, to Lead Specialty Materials Practice

Cleveland, OH, March 7, 2019 – Edgewater Capital Partners (“Edgewater”), the performance materials focused private equity firm, announced today that Chris Springer has joined the firm as an Operating Partner – Specialty Materials & Components. He will work closely with Edgewater’s investment team to source transactions in specialty materials and engineered components. Chris will also support Edgewater’s portfolio companies with strategic and value creation activities. The addition of Mr. Springer coincides with Edgewater closing its most recent fund, ECP IV at $185 million.

Prior to joining Edgewater, Mr. Springer served as an Operating Partner with Alliance Holdings, Inc., a lower middle market private equity firm, where he worked with Alliance’s portfolio companies to develop and execute their value creation strategies. Prior to Alliance, Mr. Springer was an executive with Dow Chemical, via the acquisition of Rohm & Haas Company. At Rohm & Hass, Mr. Springer held a variety of commercial and operational roles in the industrial and microelectronic segments, culminating in Global Marketing Director for Semiconductor Technologies. Earlier in his career, he worked with the Boston Consulting Group and Lockheed Martin Corporation. Mr. Springer holds a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University, and master’s degrees from Georgetown University and MIT.

Chris Childres, Edgewater’s Founder and Managing Partner commented, “Chris’ experience as a business leader in specialty materials, and an operating partner in lower middle market private equity, makes him an excellent addition to the team.”

Chris Springer added, “I am thrilled to join the Edgewater Capital team. Edgewater’s commitment to the performance materials sector is a powerful differentiator in the lower middle market and allows us to recognize opportunity and grow value in a very significant manner.”

About Edgewater Capital Partners
Edgewater is a Cleveland based sector-focused private equity firm focused on making investments in middle and lower middle-market performance materials businesses, specifically within the specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and engineered components and materials verticals. For additional information on Edgewater, visit the firm’s website at www.edgewatercapital.com or email at info@edgewatercapital.com.