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Kohler Co. Acquires Curtis Instruments to Drive Electrification Efforts


Pubblicato da Ettore Zanatta


Curtis is a leading supplier for EV and hybrid applications across a wide range of mobility markets.

Kohler Co. announces that its Power Group has signed an agreement to acquire multinational Curtis Instruments, headquartered in Mount Kisco, New York. Curtis is a leading electrification partner to OEMs across a broad range of markets including material handling, golf and recreational vehicles, mobile elevated work platforms, construction, agriculture, turfcare, marine and select on-road segments.

Founded in 1960, the company employs approximately 1,100 individuals and operates in
16 countries, including manufacturing locations in Puerto Rico, Bulgaria, China and India.
Curtis’ product portfolio spans motor speed controllers, HMIs and instrumentation, power
conversion, CAN modules and other accessories. With a deep roster of talent across five
engineering centers, Curtis also develops advanced software solutions for its customers.
The acquisition expands and diversifies Kohler’s power portfolio by leveraging Curtis’ electrification expertise with Kohler’s well-established gasoline and diesel engine business
to best serve off-highway OEM customers. Curtis Instruments will operate as a standalone
entity within the Kohler Power Group with Stuart Marwell, President, reporting to Brian
Melka, Group President – Power. Kohler Power and Curtis now have more than 160
years of combined technical experience in energy management solutions. Terms of the
agreement are not disclosed.

The transaction is announced just days following Kohler’s acquisition of Heila
Technologies – a microgrid software controls company – and the creation of a separate
Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) business unit focused on residential energy
storage. These moves represent Kohler’s continued commitment to lead in diversified
distributed energy solutions. “We’re excited to welcome Curtis Instruments to our Kohler Power organization. This business, under the leadership of Stuart and Nick Marwell, is highly regarded for its market-leading position and expertise in electric and hybrid off-highway applications,” said Melka. “For more than 100 years, Kohler has been a preferred source of power for homes, businesses, and equipment, and integrating the Kohler and Curtis product
portfolios and existing OEM relationships will create substantial growth opportunities
for both brands. With this acquisition, we are leveraging our history of trusted expertise
in power resiliency, as clean energy continues to play a crucial role in the continued
expansion of Kohler Power.”

Our entire Curtis Instruments organization is excited to join the Kohler Company of
global businesses and be part of a forward-thinking privately held company,” said Stuart
Marwell. “We were drawn to Kohler because of its nearly 150-year history of strong family
leadership and innovation, as well as its commitment to embracing the growing shift to
electrification and hybridization. We are excited to help lead this next chapter for Kohler.
KOHLER and Curtis brands both stand for quality, innovation and commitment to longterm
customer success.”





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