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KOHLER, Wis. – Nov. 15, 2011 – Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) elected Stewart Yang, vice president of engineering, faucet design for Kohler Co., board president for the year 2012. Kohler Co. has been a member of PMI for 27 years, and several Kohler executives have served on its board over the years.

“Stewart and Kohler have consistently supported PMI through their leadership in furthering critical industry initiatives,” says Barbara Higgens, executive director of PMI. “Stewart will be an inspiring PMI president and I am very much looking forward to his term.”

The voluntary, not-for-profit international industry association functions as a sounding board for its members, a source for industry and market information, and as a coordinating and decision-making body for dealing with industry issues. It also helps develop and maintain standards and codes, and works closely with government agencies at all levels – federal, state and local.

Since 2008, Yang has served a variety of positions on the PMI board, including treasurer, second vice president, and first vice president. Yang will move into his new role as board president in January 2012.

“PMI plays a crucial role in the plumbing industry and I am honored to accept the 2012 presidential position,” says Yang. “This association has helped to develop the industry to what it is today, and Kohler’s participation gives us the opportunity to share valuable insight and knowledge to help mold the future of the plumbing industry.”

Representing plumbing product manufacturers across the plumbing industry, the PMI Board steers the activities of the organization. Board members must be actively employed by a PMI member company for consideration and are elected by the membership at the Fall PMI Conference for three-year terms that starts the following year.

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.

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