Lamar Godwin demonstrated a natural talent for working with tools and equipment as a young man receiving training from seasoned experts on operations and repairing farm equipment. His first major career break came when he was offered a position at Champion International in a startup Converting Department where he quickly progressed to an Operator I. He concurrently served as a Production Coordinator with rotational assignments in maintenance, quality, production and safety where he learned the interdependence of these facets of operations. Lamar progressed into operating more complex pulp finishing equipment and he was also selected to assist in writing equipment operations and safety training manuals. He personally experienced the adverse impact of unscheduled downtime and equipment failures and developed an appreciation for the “Reliability Maintenance” principles and practices that were being implemented.
Lamar left the paper industry after 18 years for an opportunity to own and operate a Sears Authorized Retail Store, where he learned how manage P&L, customer service and employees. He joined Swift Lumber in 2007 to oversee the full lifecycle of the production process. He excelled in creating processes for challenging custom manufacturing and was reminded of the significant impact of “Reliability Maintenance” practices on equipment operations and manufacturing productivity.
In 2015, Lamar joined Reliability Solutions to share the “Asset Care” value proposition with equipment operators employed by domestic and international clients.