Kohler to expand Mosel generator plant


Kohler Co . Chairman Herbert V. Kohler Jr., center, leads groundbreaking ceremonies for a 100,000 sq.ft. expansion of a manufactuing facility for Kohler Power Systems generators in Town Mosel. With him were Stan Johnson, whose firm will serve as general contractor, KPS President Larry Bryce, Kohler President David Kohler and Dirk Zylman, town chairman. — Submitted photo Kohler Co . Chairman Herbert V. Kohler Jr., center, leads groundbreaking ceremonies for a 100,000 sq.ft. expansion of a manufactuing facility for Kohler Power Systems generators in Town Mosel. With him were Stan Johnson, whose firm will serve as general contractor, KPS President Larry Bryce, Kohler President David Kohler and Dirk Zylman, town chairman. — Submitted photo Six hundred associates of Kohler Power Systems turned out for the ceremonial groundbreaking on a 100,000-square-foot addition to the company’s manufacturing plant in the town of Mosel, north of Sheboygan.

Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., chairman and CEO of Kohler Co., opened the event by sharing the history of Kohler’s power generation business, which began in 1920 when the company developed the Automatic Power & Light, a generator set for the farm community that turned itself on and off automatically based on the demand for electricity.

He also shared a notable historical connection: Kohler generators accompanied Richard E. Byrd on his explorations of Antarctica in the 1920s and 30s.

In 1926, when the Admiral lived by himself for a year in isolation, a pair of Kohler generator sets were his sole source of heat, light and communication.

Today Kohler Power Systems is one of the largest generator manufacturers in the world.

President and COO David Kohler talked about the growth of the company’s power business, and Kohler Power Systems President Larry Bryce shared the improvements planned for the Mosel plant.

“We have more than outgrown our current space. We expect the power generation industry and our share of the market to continue to grow,” Bryce said. “With the additional space we will reconfigure our production lines, expand capacity and centralize production of large industrial generators at this facility.”

Afterwards, the three hoisted shovels of dirt along with Dirk Zylman, Mosel town chair, and Stan Johnson, president of A.C.E. Building Service, general contractor for the project.

When this expansion is complete early next spring, the Mosel plant will 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 like restaurants, gas stations and convenience stores.

At the same time, the company’s plant in Saukville, Wisconsin, will become the production facility for home automatic standby generators.

In the next three years the company expects to hire 300 additional associates between its two facilities in Mosel and Saukville and its engine plant in Kohler, which supplies the engines used in Kohler’s small and mid-size generator models.


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