KOHLER by Mermaid


Kohler, one of the oldest and largest private companies in the United States, was founded in 1873 when the son of an Austrian immigrant, John Michael Kohler purchased a steel and cast-iron foundry in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to produce tools for the local farms as well as various ornamental objects.


A breakthrough came in 1883 when John Michael applied enamel to a cast iron horse trough to create the company's first bathtub. The company has been primarily in the plumbing business ever since, known for plumbing fixtures.


Now over a century later, the company is still controlled by direct descendants of the founder, running the whole business from the historic headquarters in Kohler, Wisconsin.


Attitudes of creativity, bravery and looking "outside the box" have greatly influenced the Kohler company culture resulting in the Kohler Company today not only being a world leader in kitchen & bathroom fittings, but is also and above all a hugely diversified company.


Thanks to an exceptional commitment in design and product innovation the company has grown exponentially in four business areas: Kitchen & Bath Group, Interiors Group, Hospitality & Real Estate Group and Power Group.


The Kohler Power Group is the business area dedicated to engines, generators and services for energy industry.


The Kohler engine range encompasses both small single and twin cylinder gasoline and diesel engines, but with the acquisition of Lombardini SRL from Italy the range expanded to include multi-cylinder diesel engines.


The KDI Range is the superb result of the combination of Kohler’s investment and Lombardini’s diesel engine knowledge.  A versatile, robust and reliable engine range that has found uses in many types of industrial machinery being designed from scratch to meet current and future emissions legislation efficiently and cost effectively.


Mermaid’s development team identified the KDI range early on as being the ideal base for a smaller range of commercial rated engines to give the best performance and reliability in its sector – a decision that has proved to be inspired!