KOHLER, WI — Kohler Co. is inviting its associates, partners and customers to participate in the celebration of the company’s founding 150 years ago through a series of special events around the world this year, the company announced.
“Bold moves and an entrepreneurial spirit are in our DNA and have deep meaning within our organization – starting with our founder John Michael Kohler, who formed our company in 1873 together with an immigrant workforce,” said Chair and CEO David Kohler, the fourth generation of family leadership at the Kohler, WI-based manufacturer, which has major holdings in the kitchen and bath, energy resiliency products, luxury hospitality, and golf industries.
“As we celebrate our 150 years of achievements, learnings and growth, we encourage all passionate creators to join our pursuit of continuous improvement in providing gracious living for future generations through better design, innovation, wellness, and sustainability,” David Kohler added.
Throughout the yearlong celebration, known as “Come All Creators,” Kohler will pay homage to its 150-year heritage “while looking ahead to an innovative future joined by valued partners, talented artists, and explorers,” the company said.
To help bring the anniversary initiative to life, Kohler Co. partnered with artist and innovator Daniel Arsham to conceive the commemorative 150th anniversary creative identity through logos and marks, typography and lettering.
Kohler said will it launch some of the company’s most iconic and best-selling designs in two signature “Heritage Colors” to be announced this spring, and become available for purchase in summer of 2023.
150th anniversary events are planned across the globe over the next year at KOHLER Experience Centers, Kohler Signature Stores, and at various trade shows and events in 2023. The company is also planning celebrations with its associates – past and present – and a community-wide celebration in the Village of Kohler, the company’s global headquarters, corporate officials said.
“The ingenuity and passion of our associates and customers are the catalysts to creating new ideas, effective partnerships, and a better world for future generations,” said Chief Sustainability and DEI Officer Laura Kohler.
“Looking back on Kohler’s many pioneering milestones inspires us to look forward and create new avenues to improve our planet, our lives and communities – one idea, one product, one partnership, one act of impact at a time,” she added.