Kohler Co. Acquires UK-Based UPS Service Company

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.

Based in Berkshire, England and founded in 1996, UPSL provides its customers with a wide array of UPS services, including full pre-sale, installation and commissioning services, flexible maintenance contracts, remote monitoring, and battery care and replacement. Uninterruptible power supply devices – commonly referred to as UPS systems – provide instantaneous, no-break battery backup power when utility power fails or drops to an unacceptable voltage level. Small UPS systems can provide power for a few minutes while larger systems have enough battery capacity to provide several hours of emergency power. UPS systems typically provide interim power as a bridge to utility power restoration or until a standby electrical generator system takes over. UPS systems are most popular in support of “mission critical” applications, including hospitals, telecommunications, financial services companies, government facilities, data centers, public utilities, and manufacturing.

“Bringing UPSL into our Global Power Group is an appropriate extension to our business,” said Dick Fotsch, Kohler Global Power Group president. “As we seek to become a full ‘systems’ supplier in the worldwide power generation market, UPSL’s incredible maintenance and service reputation in the UPS category is a strong complement to providing complete power solutions to our customers.”

UPSL will become part of the Kohler Global Power Group. UPSL co-founder and managing director, David Bond, will continue to lead the company and report to Mr. Fotsch. Mr. Bond is author of “The UPS Handbook,” the highly regarded guide to understanding, designing and implementing UPS and power protection systems.

About Kohler Power Systems
Kohler Power Systems is part of Kohler Co.’s Global Power Group. Kohler Power Systems and its affiliate, SDMO Industries S.A.S., manufacture generator systems for marine, residential, industrial and mobile applications. These generators are marketed worldwide under the KOHLER and SDMO brand names.

Within the company’s Global Power Group, the Kohler engines business and its affiliate, Lombardini, Srl, manufacture gasoline engines from 4 hp to 40 hp and diesel engines from 5 hp to 65 hp. These engines are marketed worldwide under the KOHLER and LOMBARDINI brand names.

Also within the Global Power Group, Kohler Rental Power provides temporary power, climate control and luxury restrooms to the industrial, commercial, disaster recovery and event markets throughout the U.S.

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, upscale interiors, engines and power generation systems. The company also developed, owns and operates two of the world's highest-rated golf resorts in Kohler, Wisconsin and St. Andrews Scotland.