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Kohler celebrates plant expansion

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Kohler cut the ribbon on its 105,000-sq.-ft. addition to the company’s generator manufacturing plant in the Town of Mosel, north of Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

More than 600 associates of Kohler Power Systems turned out for the ceremony. Herb Kohler, chairman and CEO of Kohler 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. Today, Kohler Power Systems is one of the larger generator manufacturers in the world.

President and COO David Kohler talked about the growth of the company’s power generation business in all major markets. Kohler’s distribution channel of 800 locations throughout the world provides total system integration, including design, production, installation and after-sale support to industrial, business, construction, marine and residential customers.

“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,” Kohler said. 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. These megawatt generators provide critical backup power for industrial operations, water system plants, data centers, hospitals and other critical facilities. With the added space, the building including production and office space totals nearly a half million sq. ft.

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Sedam to address labor shortage

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Scott Sedam, president of TrueNorth Development, will deliver a presentation on the supplier/trade shortage during the 2014 PCBC event in San Francisco, June 25 to 26.

According to the write-up about the presentation in the PCBC agenda: “The combination of housing growth, stalled national immigration reform and more aggressive state immigration laws has resulted in trade shortages nearly everywhere in America.”

Sedam’s June 25 presentation, “New Rules, New Thinking,” is open to all PCBC attendees.

The presentation will include the 10 factors every builder must count to determine which suppliers and trades are the most cost-effective.

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CPSC recalls orbital sanders

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Random orbital sanders that might short circuit and cause a fire are being recalled by Mirka Abrasives.

This recall involves 5-in. and 6-in. Mirka CEROS compact electric random orbital sanders. The sanders are yellow and black with the Mirka logo on the front.

Mirka Abrasives has received three reports of electrical shorting incidents, which included the sanders sparking and smoking.

No injuries or property damage have been reported.

About 440 of the units were sold in the United States and 85 in Canada. Products were sold at barious distributors and independent retailers nationwide and at Amazon.com, Beavertools.com and other online retailers from November 2013 to April 2014 for about $500.

Importer: Mirka Abrasives Inc., of Twinsburg, Ohio 

Manufactured in: Finland; the products were imported by Mirka Abrasives of Twinsburg, Ohio.

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