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Kohler Co. Wins Inaugural EPA WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award

KOHLER, Wis., Oct. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A well known leader in the kitchen and bath industry, Kohler Co. is dedicated to product innovation, technology advancements and water efficiency. This year Kohler has once again been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program with the first-ever 2013 WaterSense Sustained Excellence award for the company's long-standing efforts to increase consumer awareness of water issues and provide products that help save water in homes and businesses.

Kohler was the first company to earn the EPA WaterSense Manufacturer Partner of the Year Award in 2008. The company received the Manufacturer Partner of the Year award again in 2009, was lauded with Excellence Awards in 2010 and 2011, and in 2012 was honored as Manufacturer Partner of the Year.

"Kohler Co. is very proud to be the inaugural recipient of the WaterSense Sustained Excellence Award," says Rob Zimmerman, senior channel manager of sustainability for Kohler Co. " Kohler has been a strong supporter of WaterSense since its beginning, so receiving this award is recognition from the EPA that our efforts are making a difference."

The WaterSense label helps consumers identify Kohler plumbing products that use less water but still deliver the performance they expect. Since WaterSense was started in 2006, Kohler has converted almost all of its toilets, bathroom faucets, urinals, and many of its showerheads to more efficient models, making the task of finding a water-efficient product that fits within a consumer's bathroom decor easy.

Some of the initiatives noted by the WaterSense program was the increased online efforts by Kohler, including its water-efficiency website, SaveWaterAmerica.com, integration of water-saving information into the Company's consumer web site, www.us.kohler.com, as well as its social media entities.

In 2012, the company's social media team promoted the benefits of WaterSense-labeled products to nearly 500,000 Facebook fans and 40,000 Twitter followers. On YouTube, Kohler brought water-saving products to digital life in educational videos that drew the attention of more than 1 million online viewers.

Kohler's other efforts in 2012 to promote water conservation included providing WaterSense-labeled plumbing products for notable projects such as Yellowstone National Park's retrofit of restrooms in the Lake Hotel, Wyland National Mayor's Water Conservation Challenge, New American show home, and Show Village exhibit home at International Builders' Show.

Additionally, Kohler Co. dedicated its third green building project in May, 2012. The Beacon, Kohler's global communications office located in Kohler, Wisconsin, achieved LEED Gold certification. Among its features are WaterSense-labeled toilets, urinals, and bathroom faucets.

The Company brought to market 28 new, innovative high efficiency toilets and 30 showerheads and handshowers in 2012. Among the new technologies introduced were the innovative dual trip lever dual-flush toilet and the Moxie showerhead + speaker.

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