Extending Equipment Life Since 1983
Des-Case serves its customers with leading, innovative products and services that enhance equipment reliability and increase profitability.
Des-Case products extend the life of industrial lubricants by preventing contamination with desiccant breathers, removing contaminants with filtration systems, and detecting lubricant problems with condition monitoring and visual oil analysis to keep lubricants healthy and clean for maximum performance. For more than 40 years, Des-Case has enjoyed an excellent reputation for its products and service quality, dependability, and business integrity.
Des-Case Corporation was founded in 1983 to provide the lubricant industry with innovative solutions to extend oil and equipment life. The original breather was the brainchild of the Company founder, Jim Waller, who responded to the request of an engineer at a major oil company looking for a way to enhance the performance and longevity of his products. As a filtration engineer by trade, Jim’s entrepreneurial spirit took hold with this opportunity and the breather was created and put into production.…
In 1996, further expansion was necessary and Des-Case moved into a manufacturing and distribution center in White House, Tennessee. Sales growth warranted a second expansion in 1997 and the Company doubled its capacity. One year later, Des-Case Europe was founded in 1998 to manage growing distribution partners in the EU. With both a growing international presence as well as the addition of subsequent product lines, the business continued to flourish, eventually warranting another move in 2007 to a larger facility in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. The Company’s initial product offerings have been steadily enhanced throughout the years, as well as expanded upon by complementary product and service offerings.
In late 2013, Pfingsten Partners, a private equity firm, invested in Des-Case Corporation. A highly successful partnership ensued between both entities for almost three years. Mid-year 2016, Industrial Growth Partners (IGP), also a private equity firm, invested in Des-Case, bringing the organization into its portfolio of companies operating in the middle market manufacturing sector.
For more than 30 years, the Company has enjoyed an excellent reputation for its products and service quality, dependability, and business integrity. Des-Case holds patents in the airflow design of breathers with technology that has yet to be surpassed in the marketplace.
As of October 2023, Jacques Cartier leads the Des-Case organization as President. Prior to that time, Jacques served as Chief Financial Officer from 2018 to 2023, guiding it in all financial aspects through three post merger integrations and Covid. Before joining Des-Case, Jacques had over 20 years’ experience in leading the finance and accounting function and organizations on senior management teams.
More recently, he was CFO of a fast-growing, privately held engineering, procurement and construction firm in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he spent 17 years at the Mars company holding various divisional CFO roles, specifically Wrigley Spain, Wrigley US, and Mars Petcare Private Label Division. Jacques holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University, earned an MBA with a concentration in International Business and IT from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Management, and a CPA (inactive).
Jacques is a board member of the Down Syndrome Association of Middle Tennessee, the non-profit Conexion Americas, as well as the CFO Leadership Council of Nashville. In 2022, he won the small business CFO of the Year Award from the Business Journal. He enjoys the outdoors as an accomplished competitive cyclist and a runner.
Chief Commercial Officer
As Chief Commercial Officer, Jason is responsible for developing and leading the global strategic vision for Des-Case sales and marketing.
Jason comes to Des-Case with 25+ years of experience in global sales and management in bearings, lubrication systems, and mechanical seals with previous leadership roles at EagleBurgmann, NSK, SKF and most recently serving as President and CEO of Aetna Bearing Company.
Jason holds a BBA and MBA and resides in Plymouth, Michigan with his wife and two boys.
Managing Director, RMF Systems
Menno Krom, Managing Director – RMF Systems, a subsidiary of Des-Case, is a sales management professional with more than 15 years of driving sales in the hydraulic, filtration and lubrication business. Menno started his career at RMF Systems BV in 2006 as Sales Manager Export, then in 2012, began leading the sales activities of RMF Systems. In 2020, he became Managing Director. Prior to joining RMF Systems, Menno held various sales management positions at Numatics, CMF Special Welding and Doedijns Hydraulics.
Menno holds an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Fontys University of Applied Sciences, an Associate Master in Sales Management, Associate Master in Strategic Sales Management and Associate Master in Business Development from NCIO Business School.
General Manager, China
General Manager, India
VP of Products
Jon Haworth leads Des-Case’s research and development group. His team is responsible for the organization’s global product strategy and new product development process.
He joined Des-Case as a Product Development Engineer in 2002 and has designed many of the company’s product lines. Prior to Des-Case, Jon worked with the propulsion wind tunnel group at Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tenn., the largest ground aerospace testing facility in the world. He holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from Tennessee Technological University and earned an MBA with a focus on international studies from the Vanderbilt University Owen Graduate School of Management. Jon is fluent in both English and Portuguese.
Mark Barnes, CMRP
VP Business Development
Mark Barnes leads the company’s reliability services team, helping customers identify opportunities for improvements to their industrial lubrication programs through training, consulting and product solutions. Mark has 25 years of experience in the fields of lubrication management, oil analysis, and contamination control, and has published more than 175 technical articles and whitepapers. Mark is frequently invited to share his subject matter expertise at conferences around the globe and has worked with a number of blue chip companies, including Chevron, DuPont, Alcoa, ExxonMobil, Goodyear, Cargill, International Paper, General Mills and the U.S. Army to extend asset life through precision lubrication.
Prior to joining Des-Case, Mark was Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Services for Noria Corporation, a global leader in lubrication and oil analysis training and consulting. Mark holds a PhD in physical chemistry from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP).
VP Sales, APAC
Director of Americas Business Development
Director of Supply Chain
Director of Product Management
Jay Cooper works with the company’s leadership team in managing & executing the global product strategy and product development pipeline.
He joined Des-Case as a Supply Chain Specialist in 2011 and was promoted to Sourcing Specialist in 2015, Technical Product Manager in 2017 and Director of Product Management in 2020. In his tenure with Des-Case, he has helped lead many of the product launches and product development projects. Jay holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management & Economics, with a minor in Accounting from Muskingum University.
Director of Filtration Business Development
Human Resources Manager
Des-Case’s success forges ahead because of our growing team of innovative, driven, knowledgeable, and customer-centric individuals who relentlessly pursue solutions to better serve customers while remaining commmitted to personal and professional growth in the workplace.