By Anthony Capkun
June 10, 2014 – Over 600 associates of Kohler Power Systems turned out recently for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the completion of a 105,000-sf addition to the company’s generator manufacturing plant north of Sheboygan, Wisc. (Town of Mosel), whose ground-breaking ceremony we reported back in August 2013.
Herb Kohler, chair and CEO of Kohler Co., opened the event by thanking Kohler associates for their hard work and perseverance during the project. He said associates faced a variety of challenges due to extended cold weather last winter, but responded with a commitment to their work.
“We are driving our growth through a focus on quality, innovation and service, and that success is allowing us to invest in our Wisconsin operations,” said president and COO David Kohler. He added that the company is fortunate to have a strong and experienced workforce, with more than half of the facility’s 700 associates members of the company’s quarter-century club.
The extra square footage at the plant expands storage for product parts and related materials, and increases production capacity with an additional 140 tons of crane capacity to enable easier loading of large generators after production for transport. With the added space, the building—including production and office space—totals nearly a half-million square feet.
Additional associates are being hired at both the Mosel plant and the company’s other generator manufacturing plant in Saukville, Wisc., as part of this production expansion, with a projected increase of 300 workers within the next few years.
The Mosel plant will now focus on industrial and light commercial generators for a range of business applications, including hospitals, data centres, water treatment plants, cell phone towers, and small businesses.
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