Kohler

Kohler

The founder of Kohler, 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, the company has grown into a multifaceted global family of brands that lead the way to enhance people's sense of gracious living.
Kohler is able to balance a massive global presence while producing a wide range of design-conscious products.

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The founder of Kohler, 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, the company has grown into a multifaceted global family of brands that lead the way to enhance people’s sense of gracious living.