Kohler timeline contains hundreds of interesting facts about Kohler Co. See how far we have come since the first enameled hogscalder.
A legacy in the making
Our company’s founder, John Michael Kohler, was an Austrian immigrant, a businessman and a visionary. In 1873 he purchased a foundry in rural Wisconsin that produced a variety of cast-iron and steel products.
Ten years later, Kohler took a product in his line, heated it to 1700°F and sprinkled it with enamel powder. Placing a picture of it in the center of his one-page catalog, he called it “a horse trough/hog scalder… when furnished with four legs will serve as a bathtub.” Kohler was in the plumbing business.
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.
Charm. Good Taste. Generosity.
The corporation and each associate have the mission of contributing to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services.
Gracious living is marked by qualities of charm, good taste and generosity of spirit. It is further characterized by self-fulfillment and the enhancement of nature.
We reflect this mission in our work, in our team approach to meeting objectives and in each of the products and services we provide our customers.
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Today, with more than 50 manufacturing locations on 6 continents, more than 30,000 Kohler associates are able to present the concept of gracious living in every corner of the world.
The Kohler Co. Executive Management Team comprises industry leaders with deep experience in Kohler’s business segments. The team, which includes the most proven professionals from across our global operations, is charged with inspiring and empowering our 30,000+ talented associates to achieve our mission of enhancing the level of gracious living for everyone touched by our products and services.