Herb Kohler, 83, chairman of the board of Kohler Co. dies Saturday

Herb Kohler, 83, chairman of the board of Kohler Co. dies Saturday
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Herbert V. Kohler, Jr., a business giant that strengthened his family’s namesake manufacturing firm and brought Wisconsin onto the world golf scene by creating a course called Whistling Straits. died.

Kohler was 83 when he died on Saturday.

“His passion for life, adventure and influence inspires us all,” his family said in a statement on Sunday. “We traveled together, celebrated together and worked together. He was always involved, leaving an indelible mark on how we live our lives today and how we carry on his legacy.”

Kohler was CEO of the Kohler Company for 43 years before handing over the task to his son, David Kohler, in 2015. He has since continued as chief executive officer at the company.

Herbert Vollrath Kohler Jr., president of the Kohler Company, is seen at the American Club in Kohler, Wis, on Tuesday, July 3, 2018.

During his tenure as CEO, Kohler expanded the company from a $133 million operation in 1972 to an annual operation of nearly $6 billion in 2015.

The company believes it has a vision for Herb Kohler to realize that while the company’s business includes producing plumbing fixtures, it’s really all about designing products that create pleasure for users. Under his leadership, the Kohler Company has created products that are not only functional, but create an enjoyable and memorable experience for those who use them.

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