Kohler Acquires Hospitality Furniture Leader Mark David

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. The acquisition was completed May 2; terms were not disclosed.

Mark David joins the Kohler Interiors Group, which is comprised of the Baker and McGuire brands of fine furnishings, Ann Sacks tile and stone, and Kallista, a luxury plumbing brand. Mark David started in 1990 as a privately held, family-owned company, and has become a well-recognized supplier of case goods and seating to many of the four- and five-star hospitality properties throughout the United States. The company provides its hospitality customers a mix of classic, modern, casual, transitional and outdoor options for both guest rooms and public areas.

"Mark David provides a strong complement to our existing portfolio of premier home fashion brands. We intend to leverage Mark David’s expertise in the hospitality segment, as well as the brand’s focus on product value and processes that support outstanding customer response,” said Rachel Kohler, Group President-Interiors. “All brands in the Kohler Interiors Group will be enhanced as we combine our existing depth of design and product resources with Mark David’s ability to serve a highly demanding hospitality clientele."

Mark Norcross, the company’s founder, will serve as President for the brand, reporting to Rachel Kohler. Norcross, a well-respected leader within the hospitality industry, was recognized last month by Hospitality Design magazine with the Manfred Steinfield Award for Humanitarianism. The award recognizes his commitment to corporate responsibility, community outreach and philanthropy.

"We’re excited to be joining forces with Kohler," said Norcross. "The collective strength of the KOHLER brands in design, furniture, plumbing and tile that Kohler offers the hospitality industry on a global scale is impressive. We’re all poised to be flexible and responsive to our hospitality customers."

Mark David is currently headquartered in High Point, North Carolina-USA, where upholstery production and warehouse facilities are located. Customer order management and engineering is directed from an office in Cebu, Philippines, and complemented by a sales and marketing office in Shanghai, China.

About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin-USA, Kohler Co. is one of the oldest and largest privately held companies in the United States. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations. Individuals can visit www.KOHLER.com for more information.

The Kohler Interiors Group consists of the following brands: Baker Knapp & Tubbs, Inc., a leading manufacturer and designer of fine home furnishings, includes Baker furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs Showrooms, and Baker Stores. The McGuire Furniture Company is internationally known for creating high-end, designer furniture of rattan, woven peel, solid teak, bamboo, Oriental hardwoods, laced rawhide and aluminum. Ann Sacks produces inspiring designs in tile, stone, plumbing, lighting and accessories.Kallista is known for its design of luxury plumbing products, offering faucets and fixtures created for tasteful, whole-bath solutions.

About Mark David
Mark David, headquartered in High Point, North Carolina-USA, caters to the high-end markets in hospitality, resorts, country clubs and restaurants. Since the company started in 1990, Mark David serves the professional interior designer and hospitality properties with classic, modern, casual, transitional, and outdoor furnishings from its facilities in High Point, the Philippines and China. Mark David is proud to furnish some of the world’s most luxurious hotels and resorts including the Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, and Starwood. Individuals can visit www.markdavid.net for more information.