Written by MARK JAEGER
Thursday, 03 September 2015 21:39
Kohler Co. allowed to install generator it helps make in industrial park
Kohler Co., the global manufacturer of emergency power systems, may have an easier time selling products, thanks to an approval gained last month from the Village of Saukville Community Development Authority.
Kohler has a manufacturing plant in the village at 300 N. Dekora Woods Blvd., but to this point did not have one of its backup generator systems in place.
David Wilson, the operations manager of the local plant, said it was only logical that an auxiliary power source be installed at the plant.
“The Kohler facility has lost utility electric power a few times a year for the last few years,” Wilson said.
“The facility currently has no means of back-up power so when electric power drops out, production is shut down. This loss of production translates into lost revenue.”
The company hopes to address that problem by installing a 600 kilo-watt generator on the north side of the plant. There is already a utility transformer in the area where the generator will be located.
The power generator will be enclosed in a 20-foot-long-by-11-foot-high beige-colored cabinet which will be equipped with sound-proofing.
The generator will be able to provide electrical power for 24 hours before fuel tanks need to be refilled.
The CDA had no problem with allowing the generator, but told Wilson such accessory structures need to be screened in the industrial park.
Trustee Mike Gielow, who was acting-chairman of the committee, said the screening was not meant as a reflection on the appearance of the generator housing.
“Your generators are clean looking, but for consistency sake some sort of screening will be required,” Gielow said, suggesting something as simple as an array of trees would soften the appearance of the equipment.
That suggestion was welcomed by Wilson, who said it will be important to keep the generator accessible because it will also be used as a demonstration unit for prospective buyers.
The CDA unanimously approved the proposal.
The installation is expected to be completed in fall.