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Kohler Co. Enters Engine Joint Venture in China

May 2007

KOHLER, Wis., USA – May 3, 2007 – Kohler Co. has created a joint venture company between Kohler Engines and YinXiang Ltd., for the development, manufacture, marketing, sale and distribution of general-purpose gasoline engines.

The joint venture, Kohler-YinXiang Ltd, based in Chongqing, China will provide Kohler an increased global presence in the worldwide small gasoline engine market and establishes a new cost effective manufacturing location to support the Kohler engine business.

“Kohler has been seeking a strategic partner over the last two years to help us grow our presence in the small engine market and enhance our product offerings,” said Paul Bartelt, President-Kohler Engines.  “We are confident that in YinXiang, we have found a very capable partner that is strongly aligned with our strategic objectives. The joint venture, which will focus on engines, is a key element in our strategy to better meet our customers’ needs.”

Scott Chen, a Kohler Engines veteran, has been named Managing Director for this portion of Kohler Engine’s business and will report to Bartelt.

This JV does not have any impact on current employment in Kohler’s three other manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin, Mississippi or Mexico. Manufacturing of the new KOHLER engines will occur in Chongqing, China.

YinXiang, founded in 1997, manufactures motorcycle engines and motorcycles, ATVs, go-carts, and general-purpose engines and equipment.

Kohler Engines (www.KohlerEngines.com) is a global manufacturer of small gasoline, diesel and petrol engines, serving the lawn & garden, industrial, transportation, agriculture, and light construction markets with the Kohler and Lombardini brands. The company’s engine products include gasoline engines from 4 to 40 horsepower, and diesel engines from 3 to 70 horsepower.  All KOHLER engines are backed by a dealer/distributor network that is 13,000 strong worldwide. To obtain literature, sales and service information, or the names of Kohler distributors and dealers, call 1-800-544-2444.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies.  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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