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Kohler acquires Curtis Instruments to drive electrification efforts

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

January 13, 2022   Adam Freill
Construction
Green Construction

Kohler logo.Kohler Co., through its Power Group‚ has signed an agreement to acquire Curtis Instruments, a multinational firm engaged in electrification of equipment at the OEM level across a broad range of markets, including construction, mobile elevated work platforms, turfcare and select on-road segments.

Kohler’s Power Group has a focus on engines, power generation and clean energy solutions. The Curtis product portfolio spans motor speed controllers, instrumentation, power conversion, CAN modules and other accessories. It was founded in 1960 and has operations in 16 countries around the globe.

Through the acquisition, Kohler aims to expand and diversify its power portfolio, leveraging Curtis’ electrification expertise with Kohler’s gasoline and diesel engine business to serve off-highway OEM customers.

“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 Brian Melka, president of Kohler’s Power Group.

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Curtis Instruments will operate as a standalone entity within the Kohler Power Group with Stuart Marwell serving as president, reporting to Melka.

Terms of the agreement are not disclosed.

The transaction follows Kohler’s recent 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.