Archived Press Releases

Kohler Co. and UAW Local 833 Reach Contract Settlement

Dec 2015
KOHLER, Wis. – December 15, 2015 – Kohler Co. and the United Auto Workers Local 833 today jointly announced that they have reached agreement on a new four-year labor contract that resolves a local labor dispute.

KOHLER Clarity Brings Safe Water to those in Need

Nov 2015
An estimated 1.8 billion people lack access to safe drinking water. Kohler Co., a global leader in the plumbing industry, has developed a ceramic filtration system called KOHLER Clarity and will work with World Vision, iDE and Water Mission, among others, to enable people in remote regions to access safe, reliable drinking water.

Kohler Begins Field Testing Closed-Loop Toilet System

Nov 2015
Since receiving a grant from a philanthropic organization dedicated to addressing global sanitation problems last year, global plumbing leader Kohler Co. has been designing the next generation of the closed-loop flush toilet system for field testing in locations without adequate sanitation.

Kohler Co. Statement - Contract Rejection

Nov 2015
Kohler Co. is very disappointed that our final offer was not accepted by our associates and is concerned that Union officials may have misrepresented what could be achieved in a strike.

Kohler Co. Last, Best and Final Contract Offer

Nov 2015
Please know that due to the extended negotiations, Kohler Co. was unable to provide a contract proposal directly to all of our associates and has posted this informative summary of the company's proposal here.

Kohler’s Water Conservation Efforts Earn EPA WaterSense® Recognition

Oct 2015
As recognition of its efforts to develop and promote water-saving products and educate consumers on water conservation issues, Kohler Co. has earned its third Sustained Excellence Award from the Environmental Protection Agency.

Kohler Joins “Connect the Drops” California Water Conservation Campaign

Aug 2015
As part of its goal to educate building professionals and consumers in California on reducing water use, Kohler Co. has joined Connect the Drops, a California advocacy campaign highlighting water stewardship efforts.

New Exhibit at John Michael Kohler Arts Center Brings to Life the Home of Kohler Co. Founder and Family

Jul 2015
Close to Home, opening September 13 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI, offers visitors an inside look at the home life of Kohler Co. founder John Michael Kohler and his family.

Kohler Co. and Whirlpool Corporation Announce Commitment on Research Project for Net-Zero Water in the Home

Jun 2015
KOHLER, Wis. – June 1, 2015 – According to recent projections from the Energy Information Agency and USA Today, by 2025 Americans will see their water bills double and potentially triple in major metro areas.

Kohler Co. Board Elects Herb Kohler Executive Chairman, David Kohler President and Chief Executive Officer

Apr 2015
At its annual meeting today, the Kohler Co. Board of Directors elected Chairman and CEO Herbert V. Kohler, Jr. to the new role of Executive Chairman. Effective June 1, Mr. Kohler will continue to chair the Board, lead its Executive Committee, oversee shareholder communications, manage corporate mergers and acquisitions and the Hospitality & Real Estate Group.

Kohler Co. Joins Change the Course Campaign to Support Water Restoration Efforts

May 2015
KOHLER, Wis. – March 20, 2015 – Kohler Co. has joined forces with Change the Course, a first of its kind water sustainability campaign to support water flow restoration projects in the Colorado River Basin.

Kohler Co. to Design Next-Generation, Closed-Loop Flush Toilet System for Field Testing

Nov 2014
KOHLER, Wis. – Nov. 18, 2014 – For more than two years, Kohler Co., global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology, has collaborated with Caltech in the development of a photovoltaic toilet as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Kohler Co. Earns Sustainability Innovation Award

Nov 2014
KOHLER, Wis. – Nov. 12, 2014 – Kohler Co. was honored for its environmental stewardship efforts by Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful (KGMB) at a recent awards event.

Kohler Co. Becomes First Two-Time Winner of EPA’s Sustained Excellence Award

Oct 2014
KOHLER, Wis. – Oct. 9, 2014 – For the second year in a row, the Environmental Protection Agency has honored Kohler with its Sustained Excellence Award, recognizing the company's continuing dedication to the development and promotion of water-saving products and the education of consumers on water conservation issues.

Celebrating a 40-Year Collaboration between the Arts and Industry

Apr 2014
KOHLER, Wis. – April 22, 2014 – This year marks the fortieth anniversary of the well known Arts/Industry residency program, a collaboration between artists and manufacturing run by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis., that has proven groundbreaking for both fields.

Kohler Co. and California Institute of Technology’s Solar-Powered Toilet Heads to India Toilet Fair

Mar 2014
KOHLER, Wis. – Mar. 25, 2014 – In conjunction with World Water Day, Kohler Co. and Caltech embrace the next milestone of a more than two-year collaborative journey in the development of a photovoltaic toilet as part of the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Kohler Co. Sharing Sustainability Stories Through Believing in Better™ Platform

Dec 2013
KOHLER, Wis. — December 17, 2013 — Environmental sustainability takes many forms at Kohler Co. – from designing more water-efficient plumbing products to restoring iconic buildings, and from polypropylene resin engine covers made from recycled carpet to associates completing hundreds of projects in-house to reduce the company’s environmental footprint.

Kohler Co. Wins Inaugural EPA WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award

Oct 2013
KOHLER, Wis. – Oct. 4, 2013 – A well known leader in the kitchen and bath industry, Kohler Co. is dedicated to product innovation, technology advancements and water efficiency.

Kohler Co. Wins Third EPA WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year Award

Oct 2012
KOHLER, Wis. – Oct. 4, 2012 – A well known leader in the kitchen and bath industry, Kohler Co. is dedicated to product innovation, technology advancements and environmental efficiency.

World Vision Organization Honors Kohler Co. With Crystal Vision Award

May 2012
KOHLER, Wis. — May 22, 2012 — International aid organization World Vision awarded its annual Crystal Vision Award to Kohler Co. in recognition of its outstanding commitment to the StoreHouse of World Vision supporting its mission of serving American children and families affected by poverty.

Kohler Co. Celebrates Earth Day at INNOVENTIONS at Epcot® Opening of Green Builder® Media's VISION House®

Apr 2012
KOHLER, Wis. — April 20, 2012 — Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bathproducts,engines and power generation systems, and one of America’s oldest and largest privately-held companies, will celebrate Earth Day, April 22, as part of the opening of theVISION House® inINNOVENTIONS at Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort and exclusive provider of the home’s fixtures, faucets and standby generator.

Kohler Co. Partners with Homes For Our Troops to Build Homes for Injured Veteran

Apr 2012
KOHLER, Wis. — April 12, 2012 — Kohler Co. proudly announces a partnership with Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization that builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans. The Kohler sponsorship spans three years and will provide plumbing products and home standby generators to outfit the injured veterans’ new homes.

Kohler Co., CPSC Announce Recall of Shower Doors Due to Laceration Hazard

Jul 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. — July 27, 2011 — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Kohler Teamed Up Again with “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”

Apr 2011
Kohler, Wis. — April 19, 2011 — For eight years, Kohler has partnered with the popular television series “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, which provides home renovations for deserving families.

Kohler Co. and UAW Local 833 Agree on New Labor Contract

Dec 2010
KOHLER, Wis. — December 20, 2010 — Kohler Co. and United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 833 have reached agreement on a new five-year labor contract, that covers approximately 2,300 union associates – both active and on layoff – at the company’s Kohler and Mosel manufacturing locations in Wisconsin.

Student Competition Encourages Energy and Water Efficiency

Dec 2010
KOHLER, WIS. — December 17, 2010 — Kohler Co. joins Johnson Controls and the National Energy Foundation to host the 10th annual Igniting Creative Energy (ICE) Challenge, a national competition for kindergarten through 12th grade students to share ideas about wise energy choices and environmental stewardship.

Kohler Co. Receives Inaugural Excellence Award From EPA WaterSense Program For Strategic Collaboration

Oct 2010
KOHLER, Wis. — October 6, 2010 — Kohler Co., the 2008 and 2009 WaterSense Partner of the Year, was chosen by the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program as an inaugural Excellence Award recipient for strategic collaboration.

Kohler Advises Federal Facilities and Industry Leaders On How Best To Meet Critical Executive Order

Apr 2010
KOHLER, Wis. — April 7, 2010 — Kohler Co. took a leading role at the Executive Order 13514 Summit held on April 6 in Washington, D.C. The event was organized by the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments (ASBE) – of which Kohler is a member – and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) to advise Federal facilities managers and industry executives on how best to follow the directives of this Executive Order.

Kohler Co. Invites Community To Earth Expo April 23-24

Apr 2010
Eco-friendly design professionals, discounts on water-saving products and family activities highlight Kohler’s weekend Earth Expo

Kohler Co. Steps Up As ‘Green Exhibitor' at 2010 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show

Apr 2010
KOHLER, Wis. – April 5, 2010 – Kohler Co., the EPA’s 2008 and 2009 WaterSense Partner of the Year, will be featured as a ‘green exhibitor’ at the 2010 Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (KBIS), during which the company will be showcasing some of its latest fixtures and faucets that save water without sacrificing performance or design.

Kohler Building Earns Silver LEED Status from USGBC

Aug 2009
KOHLER, Wis. — August 14, 2009 — Kohler Co. was recently awarded Silver LEED® Status from the U.S. Green Building Council for its work to transform the company’s Environmental, Health and Safety building into a more environmentally efficient structure.

David Kohler Elected President of Kohler Co.

Apr 2009
KOHLER, Wis. – April 24, 2009 – At its annual meeting, the Kohler Co. Board of Directors elected David Kohler President and Chief Operating Officer of Kohler Co. He will be responsible for leading the Company’s Kitchen & Bath Group, Global Power Group, Interiors Group and Technical Services, reporting to Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., the Company’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Kohler Launches Viral Web Campaign To Educate Homeowners

Jan 2009
KOHLER, Wis. — January 21, 2009 — This morning during the International Builders’ Show, Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology, launchedSaveWaterAmerica.com – a viral online campaign dedicated to teach homeowners how easy it is to save water.

EPA Taps Kohler for Inaugural Partner of the Year Award

Oct 2008
KOHLER, Wis. — October 9, 2008 — Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology, was chosen by the Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program as the Manufacturing Partner of the Year.

Kohler Co. Acquires UK-Based UPS Service Company

Sep 2008
KOHLER, Wisconsin, USA – Sept. 2, 2008 – Kohler Co.’s Global Power Group, a global leader in engines and power generator systems, has acquired Uninterruptible Power Supplies Ltd. (UPSL) – a leading UPS (uninterruptible power supply) system and service provider for the United Kingdom – from management and from Barclays Ventures, the leading lower mid-market private equity house.

Kohler Acquires Hospitality Furniture Leader Mark David

May 2008
KOHLER, Wis. — May 5, 2008 — Kohler Co. – a global leader in kitchen and bath products, fine home furnishings, power systems, hospitality and golf destinations – announces the acquisition of Mark David, an upscale provider of sourced case goods and upholstered seating to the hospitality industry.

Kohler Co. Joins Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments

Feb 2007
KOHLER, Wis., — February 5, 2007 — Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bath design and technology, has joined the Alliance for Sustainable Built Environments.

The Kohler Family of Businesses

Dec 2006
KOHLER, Wis. — December 4, 2006 — Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and is international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.