Along with the rest of the housing industry, NAHB is honoring the life and legacy of renowned business leader and Kohler Co. executive chairman Herbert Vollrath Kohler, Jr., who has passed away at the age of 83 after a long and successful career. Throughout his 43-year span as Kohler Co. CEO, Herb Kohler turned his family-owned company into a dominant force in the kitchen and bath industry with the help of over 40,000 associates and dozens of manufacturing facilities on six continents.
Kohler was a longtime partner of NAHB and the International Builders' Show (IBS) and was inducted into the National Housing Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Best in American Living Awards Hall of Fame in 2015, NAHB reports.
"The housing industry has lost a great leader with the passing of Herb Kohler," stated NAHB Chairman Jerry Konter. "His commitment to his company and his community made an enormous impact not only on home building, but to everyone around him."
"Herb Kohler was an influential figure who put his company and his local community on the map with his bold vision," noted NAHB CEO Jerry Howard. "His leadership and dynamic personality will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him."