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

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. In total, the company has been involved in 621 bathrooms, 226 kitchens and 113 powder rooms making up 185 homes over eight years on the show.

“Kohler is extremely proud of its longstanding relationship with ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,’ said Todd Weber, communications director of product public relations for Kohler Co. “To be able to play a part in changing a family’s life by helping renovate their home is incredibly rewarding. Seeing our products make everyday life easier and more enjoyable for these families is exactly what Kohler’s mission of gracious living is all about.”

The Hall family, of Wichita, Kan., was the most recent family to benefit from Kohler’s partnership with the ABC television series. The “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” featuring the Halls, aired on ABC Sunday, April 17, at 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time. Watch Episode

Hall Family
Nearly one year ago, a car accident left Carl Hall, husband and father of four, paralyzed from the shoulders down. Prior to the accident, Carl’s life had been a genuine slice of Americana – a three sport athlete in high school, an All-American baseball player in college, married to his high school sweetheart, and father of wonderful and athletic kids. But in a single instant, the Hall’s family life was flipped upside down and they are now dealing with the possibility that Carl, the family’s primary provider, may never walk again.

Unfortunately, the Hall family’s two story split-level house was inaccessible to Carl. He was unable to get past the entrance because there are stairs leading up and down immediately upon entry. The renovation on the home by the “Extreme Makeover” crew allows the Hall family to live and play together in a safe and accessible space.

Kohler’s contribution to the Hall’s renovation was a 20-kW standby generator and Elevance Rising Wall bath. The Hall’s new home features high-tech electrical equipment and is equipped with voice-activated controls on lights, doors, temperature, etc., allowing Carl to control his environment with more independence and less frustration. As these aspects are critically important to Carl’s everyday health and movement, as well as emotional well-being, the Kohler’s 20-kW standby generator will help ensure that the home remains fully operational even in the face of an extended power outage (an experience many Americans often face). In the case of Kohler’s Elevance Rising Wall Bath, the stylish alternative to walk-in baths provides Carl with an enjoyable, comfortable and safe bathing experience. The beautiful design aspects of the Elevance bath allow it to blend seamlessly into the overall bathroom décor, adding to Carl’s sense of normalcy in his home.

About Kohler Power Systems:
Kohler Power Systems is a division of Kohler Co., and provides complete power systems, including generators (residential, industrial, mobile and marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls, and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications. Kohler Power Systems has delivered energy solutions for markets worldwide since 1920. For more information, please visitKohlerSmartPower.com.

About Kohler Co.:
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of the nation’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 international host at its award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

About Extreme Makeover: Home Edition:
The Emmy award winning reality program “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” now in its 8th season, is produced by Endemol USA, a division of Endemol Holding. It’s executive-produced by Brady Connel and George Verschoor. David Goldberg is chairman, Endemol North America. The show airs Sundays from 8:00 – 9:00 pm ET on ABC.