Kohler Company, one of the oldest and largest privately-held companies in the United States, has been inducted into the Family Business Hall of Fame at the Weatherhead School of Management of Case Western University in Cleveland, OH.
Kohler, which will celebrate its 125th anniversary in 1998, was honored for its “lifetime of achievements.”
“The Kohler family and company represent the very best of what we had in mind when we created the Family Business Hall of Fame,” said Scott Cowen, dean of the school. “Kohler’s success story is an inspiration for anyone who wants to start or is already in a family business.”
In other news, Herbert Kohler, Jr., chairman and president of Kohler Company, has been awarded the 1997 Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
He received the award “for embodying the immigrant spirit in America, exemplifying American ideals and preserving an Austrian heritage.”
In addition, Kohler was cited for his “exceptional humanitarian efforts and outstanding contributions to our country” by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations, which conducted the Medal of Honor program.
The prestigious award was presented at a ceremony held at Ellis Island in New Harbor in May.