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Kohler’s hybrid energy system delivers an estimated 30-year lifespan*, compared to standard 3-5 year expectancy

KOHLER, Wis. – Nov. 20, 2013 – In the commercial marketplace, time can equal big money – even routine maintenance calls add up quickly. To help reduce the long-term effects of costly maintenance on flushing systems in commercial facilities, Kohler Co., a global leader in kitchen and bathroom design, debuts flushometers that feature Kohler's exclusive Hybrid Energy System.

This new flushometer utilizes Kohler's Hybrid energy cell, a proven success on touchless bathroom faucets, and provides an estimated 30-year battery lifespan*. In comparison to the standard three-to-five year expectancy for commercial flushometer batteries, the KOHLER® Hybrid flushometer is a cost-effective and smart solution for commercial specifiers, building owners, facility managers and maintenance coordinators. Additionally, the Hybrid energy cell is installed within the body of existing KOHLER flush valves, preserving their sleek aesthetic.

The Hybrid energy system features a Hybrid layered-capacitor, literally collecting the small electrical discharges of the battery. When the flushometer is activated for use, power is drawn from the capacitor, allowing the cell to maintain its superior power storage.

Technology similar to the Hybrid energy system is used in applications such as hands-free meter reading, GPS vehicle tracking systems, airbag deployment components and emergency call systems. These applications require a reliable source of power over a prolonged period of time – the same facility managers and end-users require of their flushing systems.

"Across the industry, commercial specifiers have asked for easy maintenance, reliable products and lifetime cost savings," says Keith Fischer, Kohler marketing manager for Kohler Commercial Faucets. "The Hybrid technology ensures all of these aspects and has proven to be well received on bathroom faucets. We anticipate the same positive result with flushometers."

The Hybrid energy cell will be available on flushometers in both of Kohler's Wave and Tripoint touchless flushometer collections.

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About Kohler Co.
Kohler Faucets is a global organization and part of the Kohler Co. Kitchen & Bath Group. With plants in North America, China, Egypt, the United Kingdom and France, it is a leading manufacturer of kitchen and bath faucets, showering products and decorative accessories – marketed globally under the brand names KOHLER, Mira, Jacob Delafon and Rada.

Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, 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.

* Based on accelerated cycle testing and estimated shelf life, the KOHLER Hybrid Energy System is projected to last 875,000 cycles without required maintenance. That's about one cycle every 20 minutes, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for 30 years.

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