Kohler Co.’s Power Group has acquired Clarke Energy Ltd., based in Liverpool, U.K. Clarke Energy is a multinational specialist in the engineering, construction, installation and maintenance of engine-based power plants, and is an authorized distributor of GE’s reciprocating engines in 19 countries.

Founded in 1989, Clarke Energy provides comprehensive distributed power solutions in multiple industries for mostly prime and continuous power requirements. The privately held firm employs more than 1,100 people and has established a network of service locations. Company founder Jim Clarke and CEO Jamie Clarke and other company leaders will maintain their roles following the acquisition.

“Clarke Energy’s end-to-end capabilities are very highly regarded around the world and the company’s products and services are an excellent fit within our existing power systems business,” said David Kohler, president and CEO of Kohler Co. “We’re excited about this acquisition because it adds the distribution of large gaseous generators – viewed as a clean power source – to our product portfolio. We believe Clarke Energy’s prime and continuous gaseous solutions are an ideal complement to our existing diesel generator offering for standby applications.”

Kohler Co. was founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis. With more than 55 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacturer of engines and power systems.