About Us

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Kohler Co. has been leading the way in style and innovation since the company was founded in 1873. Austrian immigrant John Michael Kohler made the first of many bold business moves when he purchased a cast iron and steel foundry in Sheboygan, WI.

In 1883, John Michael had a bold idea to increase his customers’ quality of life, applied baked enamel coating to a Kohler horse trough/hog scalder and created our first bathtub.

Taking great strides in product development over the years, Kohler has continually proven that great products equal beautiful design, ground-breaking innovation and reliable functionality. His vision and dedication to excellence helped transform Kohler Co. into a highly successful family of businesses with Kohler Co. becoming the recognised leader in kitchen and bath design.


From those humble beginnings, our company has grown into a multifaceted global family of brands that lead the way to enhance our customers’ sense of gracious living. Our diversity of products and powerful portfolio of brands continually set new standards in design, craftsmanship and innovation-tied together by a singular level of quality.

The Kohler Kitchen and Bath Group encompasses an extensive family of businesses around the world that manufacture plumbing products and cabinetry for the residential, commercial and industrial markets.

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Kitchen & Bath
Kohler kitchen and bath products
Global Power
Generator systems, engines, rental power and event service
Luxury furniture from Baker/Milling Road and McGuire, cabinetry from Robern, tiles and stones from Ann Sacks and fine contract furniture from Mark David
Hospitality & Real Estate
Includes The American Club, The Inn on Woodlake, Kohler Waters Spa, Blackwolf Run and Whistling Straits golf courses

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