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.
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.