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Kohler Power Systems Names Jason Struthers As Its New President

Outgoing president Otto Kopietzki staying on in President Emeritus capacity

Kohler, Wis. – January 7, 2010 – Kohler Co.’s Global Power Group, a worldwide leader in engines and power generation systems, has named Jason Struthers as the new president of its Kohler Power Systems business.

Struthers has assumed leadership and management responsibilities for Kohler Power Systems, which includes operations in North America and Asia. KPS Sales & Service — doing business in Europe, Middle East and Africa — also falls under the administration of Struthers.  With an emphasis on growing sales, profitability and market share, Struthers will focus on enterprise-wide strategic business and process improvement initiatives.

Prior to joining Kohler, Struthers served as the president of Viking Pump for three years and in early 2009 added IDEX AODD to his responsibility. Both entities are business units of IDEX Corporation, a global company known for highly engineered fluidics systems and components. Highlighting his tenure with IDEX, Struthers was a key contributor to the company posting record business-unit sales for two consecutive years. Additionally, Struthers spent 13 years with Parker-Hannifin Corp., beginning in its electromechanical division and progressing through various assignments in engineering, sales and marketing prior to becoming general manager of the company’s Actuator Division.

In a related announcement, Kohler has appointed outgoing Kohler Power Systems president Otto Kopietzki as president emeritus of the business. A 40-year veteran of the power generation industry, Kopietzki will remain in his new position throughout 2010 in support of the leadership transition.

“Jason brings to Kohler Power Systems a proven track record of driving efficiencies, growth and profitability from the global businesses that were under his supervision,” said Dick Fotsch, Kohler Global Power Group president. “By combining Jason’s progressive approach to management with Otto Kopietzki’s extraordinary power systems experience and deep relationships with Kohler’s customers and suppliers, this transition should be seamless for Kohler Power Systems and the many markets it serves.”

Struthers earned his bachelor’s degree in engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a Master of Business Administration degree — emphasis on international business — from Ashland University in Ohio.

About Kohler Co.

Kohler Power Systems is part of Kohler Co.’s Global Power Group. Kohler Power Systems and its affiliate, SDMO Industries S.A.S., manufacture generators (marine, residential, industrial and mobile). These generators are marketed worldwide under the KOHLER and SDMO brand names.

Within the company’s Global Power Group – Kohler and its affiliate, Lombardini, Srl –also manufacture gasoline engines from 4 hp to 41 hp and diesel engines from 5 hp to 65 hp. These engines are marketed worldwide under the KOHLER and LOMBARDINI brand names. Also within the Global Power Group is Kohler Rental Power, Inc. which provides temporary power, climate control and luxury restrooms to the industrial, commercial, disaster recovery and event markets throughout the U.S.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin-USA, Kohler Co. is one of the oldest and largest privately-held companies in the United States. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.


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