The Kohler Coating Machinery Corporation was formed in 1960 by John B. Kohler in Canton, Ohio. The focus of this corporation was split equally between the paper and steel industries. By the mid 1980s, all four of John Kohler's children had assumed executive positions in the company, including Herbert Kohler, who was appointed Vice President of the Paper Division. Unfortunately, by the year 2000, 26 of KCMC's domestic steel customers fell victim to the deterioration of the American steel industry and ultimately filed for bankruptcy protection. These and other factors forced KCMC to divide the assets of the paper and steel sides of the business and sell them separately.
In July 2001, Herb Kohler began working for Coater Services Incorporated, the company that acquired the assets of the paper side of KCMC. Coater Services provided customers in the paper, corrugating, and converting industries the ability to purchase KCMC's advanced machinery, service, and spare parts.
In late 2004, the then current owner of Coater Services had interest in moving on to alternative business ventures. An irrefutable offer was proposed to Herb Kohler to take over the ownership of Coater Services Incorporated. After months of negotiation, an agreement was reached for Coater Services to acquire the name, intellectual property, trademarks and physical inventory of the paper side of Kohler Coating. Aside from a considerable amount of information and equipment, most importantly the name Kohler Coating now belongs to its original owners.
Today Kohler Coating is owned and operated by Herbert Kohler in Uniontown, Ohio. Now free from the burden of maintaining a presence in the steel industry, Kohler Coating is able to focus on the core needs of its customers, offering a specific line of products which are in demand in the industries it serves.
Kohler Coating focuses on creating advanced technology driven products that have a positive impact on the processes and production methods of our customers. Kohler Coating takes great pride in our customer's social responsibility by developing equipment that play a major role in reducing Green House Gas Emissions and increasing overall sustainability within the corrugating and converting industries.