Kohler Co. Donates and Installs Enameled Cast Iron Kitchen Sink in “American Gothic” House
KOHLER, Wis. – November 9, 2011 – It took Beth Howard 38 years to find her bliss—a bliss that would eventually have her baking pies out of the home made famous by Grand Wood’s “American Gothic” painting. After her husband’s unexpected passing in 2009, this California baker to the stars returned home to southeast Iowa and set up a pie stand. “Everyone loves the idea of pie-meets-American Gothic,” she says. “Now, people come just for the pie.”
The kitchen’s small dimensions, however, made it challenging for Beth to bake for the more than 200 visitors that came to the Pitchfork Pie Stand each weekend. She often set up makeshift wash stations to manage the overflow of dirty dishes that her dated double-basin sink couldn’t handle. But her new KOHLER Whitehaven Enameled Cast Iron Kitchen Sink changed all that.
Like her 1880s home, Beth’s new sink carries its own element of American heritage: The Whitehaven is manufactured at a foundry in Kohler, Wisconsin—just 400 miles northeast of the Pitchfork Pie Stand—where Kohler Co., a 138-year-old family-owned company, mastered the process of creating the dense, durable material cast in a thick enamel coating. “KOHLER Enameled Cast Iron sinks are designed to withstand the rigors of what Beth’s sink endures on a daily basis without cracking, chipping, or burning,” says Adam Horwitz, director of kitchen product, marketing and cast iron development at Kohler. “The lifetime limited warranty guarantees it.” And with the amount of time Beth spends at her sink each day, durability is a must. Other kitchen updates include a fresh coat of paint on the cabinetry and new Caesarstone solid surface countertops.
Enameled cast iron is not only durable—it’s also rich in character. The casting process gives every piece of KOHLER Enameled Cast Iron its own handcrafted fingerprint. Homeowners can choose from more than 20 colors; the vibrant enamel of many of these products is hand-applied and made to order by skilled foundry artisans. “I never thought I could get so excited about a sink,” Beth says. “But it’s been an amazing home improvement, and I know my landlord is thrilled to have such a classic, durable fixture in the American Gothic House.” Watch video More about Beth Howard: When Beth isn’t selling pies out of the American Gothic House, she’s teaching pie baking classes, working on her blog, theworldneedsmorepie.com, and putting the finishing touches on her book, Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie, which will be published in April 2012. Editor's Notes: To obtain high-resolution photography of these products or to set up an interview, please contact Lauren Aust. About Kohler Co.: Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wis., Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies. Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products, engines and power generation systems, tile and home interiors, and an international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.