Kohler Acquires Hospitality Furniture Leader Mark David

May 05, 2008, 01:00 ET from Kohler Co.

    KOHLER, Wis., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Kohler Co. -- a global leader in
 kitchen and bath products, fine home furnishings, power systems,
 hospitality and golf destinations -- announces the acquisition of Mark
 David, an upscale provider of sourced case goods and upholstered seating to
 the hospitality industry. The acquisition was completed May 2; terms were
 not disclosed.
     Mark David joins the Kohler Interiors Group, which is comprised of the
 Baker and McGuire brands of fine furnishings, Ann Sacks tile and stone, and
 Kallista, a luxury plumbing brand. Mark David started in 1990 as a
 privately held, family-owned company, and has become a well-recognized
 supplier of case goods and seating to many of the four- and five-star
 hospitality properties throughout the United States. The company provides
 its hospitality customers a mix of classic, modern, casual, transitional
 and outdoor options for both guest rooms and public areas.
     "Mark David provides a strong complement to our existing portfolio of
 premier home fashion brands. We intend to leverage Mark David's expertise
 in the hospitality segment, as well as the brand's focus on product value
 and processes that support outstanding customer response," said Rachel
 Kohler, Group President-Interiors. "All brands in the Kohler Interiors
 Group will be enhanced as we combine our existing depth of design and
 product resources with Mark David's ability to serve a highly demanding
 hospitality clientele."
     Mark Norcross, the company's founder, will serve as President for the
 brand, reporting to Rachel Kohler. Norcross, a well-respected leader within
 the hospitality industry, was recognized last month by Hospitality Design
 magazine with the Manfred Steinfield Award for Humanitarianism. The award
 recognizes his commitment to corporate responsibility, community outreach
 and philanthropy.
     "We're excited to be joining forces with Kohler," said Norcross. "The
 collective strength of the KOHLER brands in design, furniture, plumbing and
 tile that Kohler offers the hospitality industry on a global scale is
 impressive. We're all poised to be flexible and responsive to our
 hospitality customers."
     Mark David is currently headquartered in High Point, North
 Carolina-USA, where upholstery production and warehouse facilities are
 located. Customer order management and engineering is directed from an
 office in Cebu, Philippines, and complemented by a sales and marketing
 office in Shanghai, China.
     About Kohler Co.
     Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin-USA, Kohler Co.
 is one of the oldest and largest privately held companies in the United
 States. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath
 products, engines and power generation systems, cabinetry, tile and home
 interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and
 world-class golf destinations. Individuals can visit http://www.KOHLER.com
 for more information.
     The Kohler Interiors Group consists of the following brands: Baker
 Knapp & Tubbs, Inc., a leading manufacturer and designer of fine home
 furnishings, includes Baker furniture, Baker Knapp & Tubbs Showrooms, and
 Baker Stores. The McGuire Furniture Company is internationally known for
 creating high-end, designer furniture of rattan, woven peel, solid teak,
 bamboo, Oriental hardwoods, laced rawhide and aluminum. Ann Sacks produces
 inspiring designs in tile, stone, plumbing, lighting and accessories.
 Kallista is known for its design of luxury plumbing products, offering
 faucets and fixtures created for tasteful, whole-bath solutions.
     About Mark David
     Mark David, headquartered in High Point, North Carolina-USA, caters to
 the high-end markets in hospitality, resorts, country clubs and
 restaurants. Since the company started in 1990, Mark David serves the
 professional interior designer and hospitality properties with classic,
 modern, casual, transitional, and outdoor furnishings from its facilities
 in High Point, the Philippines and China. Mark David is proud to furnish
 some of the world's most luxurious hotels and resorts including the Ritz
 Carlton, Four Seasons, and Starwood. Individuals can visit
 http://www.markdavid.net for more information.

SOURCE Kohler Co.