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Kohler Co. Enters Diesel Engine Market

January 2008

KOHLER, Wis., USA – November, 2008 – Kohler Co.’s Global Power Group, a global leader in engines and power generator systems, announces its first diesel engine line for the North America market. A total of seven air-cooled models from 6.7-34.9 horsepower and six liquid-cooled models from 16.8-64.4 horsepower are among the new line of KOHLER diesel engines.

The new KOHLER diesel air- and liquid-cooled engines are available for order from Kohler Engines dealers and distributors throughout North America. The Kohler diesel range features both single- and multi-cylinder models (50kW and under). The new KOHLER diesel engines are emission compliant, to the latest EPA and CARB emission requirements.

“Kohler is very serious about competing in the non-highway engine market on a worldwide map and this diesel line complements our current gasoline engine offering,” said Cam Litt, marketing manager-Kohler Co.’s engine division.

Kohler Co.’s engine division, in operation since the 1920s, manufactures air- and liquid-cooled, four-cycle gasoline engines in the 4 to 40 horsepower range. Kohler engines are supplied to equipment manufacturers worldwide in the lawn and garden, commercial and industrial, agricultural and construction markets.

“Customers are seeking contemporary diesel technology at a competitive price point, that is backed by a far-reaching service network, which Kohler provides,” Litt said. “Our Kohler distribution and dealer network are poised to provide our new customers with industry-leading parts, service and sales support. We’re pleased to see the enthusiasm and expertise they will bring to this new diesel line.”

The new KOHLER diesel engines will feature an extensive range of both air- and liquid-cooled units that offer advanced fuel efficiency and low sound levels, and a myriad of air intake and oil-filtration system options, said Litt. “The KOHLER diesels will be supported by a solid application engineering team as well, ready to work with OEMs in a responsive and creative manner.”

About Kohler Co. (www.KohlerEngines.com)

Within the Kohler Global Power Group, Kohler Co. and its affiliate Lombardini, Srl manufacture gasoline engines from 4-40 HP, and diesel engines from 6-65 HP marketed worldwide under the brand names KOHLER and LOMBARDINI.  Also within the Kohler Global Power Group are Kohler Power Systems and affiliate SDMO Industries S.A.S,  manufacturing generators (marine, residential, industrial and mobile) that are marketed worldwide under the brands KOHLER and SDMO. The group’s Kohler Rental business 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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