Kohler Power Systems Acquires Generator Company

Kohler Co. expands its global presence with South American attainment

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Kohler Power Systems, a manufacturer and marketer of world class generators, automatic transfer switches and switchgear, has acquired Maquigeral, a Brazilian-based generator company. Headquartered in Sao Paulo, Maquigeral brings a 50-year heritage, established sales channels and a product line from 30 to 750 kVA, plus uninterrupted power supply services to the KOHLER family of products.

"We were persuaded to invest in Brazil because of its strong economic potential, and a growing need for primary and backup power systems," said Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Kohler Co. "Maquigeral represents an excellent building block in South America."

Maquigeral will be managed by SDMO, Kohler's French subsidiary, which has grown dramatically in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, manufacturing generator sets up to 3,200 kVA, automatic transfer switches, controls, switchgear and generator packaging options. Initially, the company will focus on Brazil by increasing the product range and introducing additional technology into the current product offering.

Current Maquigeral executive Sandra Battistella will continue as general manager, reporting to Jean-Marie Soula, managing director of SDMO. Georges LeGall, SDMO's director of engineering, will relocate to Brazil and serve as the deputy general manager.

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