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Kohler Co. celebrates 150th anniversary

By Stephen Elliott

January 27, 2023

Kohler Co. celebrates 150 year anniversaryKohler Co., Kohler, Wis., founded in 1873, is celebrating its 150th anniversary through a series of special events and activations around the world, including limited-edition product releases, commemorative apparel, and storytelling through digital content, all captured under the anniversary theme of Come All Creators. 

“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 Wisconsin together with an immigrant workforce creating new and better lives for their families,” said David Kohler, chair and CEO. He is the fourth generation of Kohler leadership, and the ninth person to lead the company.  

“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,” he 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 Laura Kohler, chief sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) officer. “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.” 

Throughout the year-long celebration of Come All Creators, Kohler will pay homage to its unique 150-year heritage while looking ahead to an innovative future joined by valued partners, talented artists and explorers. To help bring the initiative to life, Kohler Co. partnered with American artist and innovator Daniel Arsham to conceive the commemorative 150th anniversary creative identity through logos and marks, typography, and lettering to meld the company’s storied heritage with its “leading boldly” approach to the future. Kohler previously collaborated with Arsham on Rock.01 — an exclusive 3D-printed sink, and ‘Divided Layers’, a globally acclaimed installation featured in 2022 at Milan Design Week. 


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