Kohler is a company founded by Austrian immigrant John Michael Kohler, a businessman and a visionary. In 1873, he bought a foundry in rural Wisconsin that manufactures a variety of cast-iron and steel products.10 years after, John Michael Kohler took a product in his line and heated it to 1700°F then sprinkled it with enamel powder. He placed a picture of it in the center of his one-page catalog. He called it "a horse trough/hog scalder". He said that if it is furnished with four legs, it will serve as a bathtub. Kohler was in the plumbing business and was among the top companies that invents and manufactures plumbing products. Early products included cast iron and steel farm implements, ornamental iron pieces including cemetery crosses and settees, and castings for furniture factories. In 1888, Kohler developed the original trademarked Bubbler. The Bubbler became popular, which drove other companies to develop similar products under the generic term "Drinking fountain."
Kohler's bath and kitchen fixtures are sold in many American hardware and home improvement stores as well as from kitchen and bath distributors. The company still makes traditional cast iron bathtubs. Aside from residential products, the company makes a commercial line of bathroom fixtures. Kohler also does artistic custom work including hand-painted sinks and toilets.
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