Kohler, one of the oldest and largest private companies in the United States, was born in 1873 when the son of an immigrant of a small village in the Austrian Alps, John Michael Kohler purchased a steel and cast-iron foundry in Sheboygan, Wisconsin to produce tools for the local farms as well as various ornamental objects. The 130 years aged company is still controlled by direct descendants of the founder, running the whole business from the historic headquarters in Kohler, Wisconsin. Creativity, bravery and looking "outside the box" leaders attitude influenced so far company culture. Actual president Herbert Kohler Jr is grandson of the founder and one of the group most charismatic personality. Nowadays Kohler Co. is a world leader in kitchen production and bathroom fittings, but it is also and above all a diversified company, which thanks to an exceptional commitment in design and product innovation has grown exponentially in four business areas: Kitchen & Bath Group, Interiors Group, Hospitality & Real Estate Group and Power Group. This latter business area is dedicated to generators, engines and services for energy industry, in which Lombardini excells since 1933.