Kohler chairman Herb Kohler, second from left, cuts the ribbon at the company’s 105,000-square-foot addition to its Mosel, Wis., generator manufacturing plant. At left is Larry Bryce, president Kohler Power Systems. Also pictured are David Kohler, president of Kohler Co., and John Brickner, Kohler Power Systems director of marketing.
More than 600 Kohler Power Systems staffers attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the completion of a 105,000-square-foot addition to the company’s generator manufacturing plant in Mosel, north of Sheboygan, Wis.
Kohler president and chief operating officer David Kohler talked about the growth of the company’s power generation business in all major markets. Kohler’s distribution channel of 800 locations throughout the world provides total system integration including design, production, installation and after-sale support to industrial, business, construction, marine and residential customers.
“We are driving our growth through a focus on quality, innovation and service, and that success is allowing us to invest in our Wisconsin operations,” David Kohler said, adding that the company has a strong and experienced workforce, with more than half of the facility’s 700 employees members of the company’s “quarter century club.”
The extra square footage at the plant expands storage for product parts and related materials and increases production capacity with an additional 140 tons of crane capacity to enable easier loading of large generators after production for transport. The generators provide critical backup power for industrial operations, water system plants, data centers, hospitals, and other facilities. With the added space, the building including production and office space totals almost a half million square feet.
Additional associates are being hired at both the Mosel plant and the company’s other generator manufacturing plant in Saukville, Wis., as part of the production expansion, with a projected increase of 300 workers within the next few years.
The Mosel plant will now focus on industrial and light commercial generators for a range of business applications, including hospitals, data centers, water treatment plants, cell phone towers, and small businesses such as restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores.
The Saukville plant is also reconfiguring its production lines and when completed will focus exclusively on producing the company’s 8- to 20-kilowatt home standby generators.
Kohler Co. is based in Kohler, Wis.