Kohler Engines Names New President

Kohler Engines Names New President

KOHLER, Wis.—Following Tom Cromwell’s appointment to the Group President at Kohler Co.’s Power Group last month, the company has promoted Brian Melka to the role of President ­ Engines Americas.

Melka assumes full responsibility for the engines business in the Americas region, establishing strategic direction, managing operational demands, driving growth and profitability objectives, and attracting and developing talent. In addition, he will have worldwide responsibility for new product development, marketing and overall growth of the gasoline engines product lines. Melka joined Kohler in 2013 in the role of vice president.

Prior to Kohler, he served in numerous senior capacities at Rexnord Corporation, where he most recently held the role of vice president ­ global mining and product management. Before joining Rexnord he spent more than 12 years working for various Textron, Inc. businesses including Greenlee Textron and Jacobsen Textron.

Melka holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin, an MBA from the University of Wisconsin ­ Whitewater and is a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt.

About Kohler Engines
Kohler Engines was founded more than 90 years ago and has continually enhanced its product lineup in an effort to help make life easier and more profitable for end users around the globe. Kohler Engines, in collaboration with Lombardini ­ a KOHLER company based in Italy ­ offers a full array of gaseous, gasoline and diesel engines up to 74 hp, which are supplied to equipment manufacturers worldwide in the lawn and garden, commercial and industrial, agricultural and construction markets. To learn more, visit or or

About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of more than 30,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier furniture, cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler and St Andrews, Scotland. For more details, please visit to

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