Kohler and Dometic Team to Offer Integrated Auxiliary Power and Air Conditioning System for Trucking Market


POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - September 7, 2006 - Kohler Power Systems, a pioneer and leading supplier of mobile generator technology, has selected Dometic Environmental Corporation as the supplier of air conditioning components for its new auxiliary power unit (APU).

Kohler, with a history of more than 85 years in the power generation market, has announced the introduction of an integrated package, consisting of a 5 kW siderail-mounted air-cooled diesel genset and a Dometic-supplied 115 V air conditioning and heating system.

"We are very excited to team with Kohler Power Systems, a company that is widely known and respected in the power generation industry," said Lou Siegel, senior vice president, marketing and strategic business development for Dometic Environmental. "Kohler's industry-leading diesel generator technology is backed by a service network of more than 500 distributors and dealers nationwide."

"We kept the truck owner's needs in mind when designing this new APU," said Chris Baldwin, director, Kohler mobile generator business. "We are offering a space-saving, fuel-efficient product that keeps installation and maintenance costs to a minimum."

Kohler's 5 kW APU, with its air-cooled, self-contained diesel engine, is designed to minimize intrusion into the truck's existing systems. The compact, lightweight unit measures just 27" x 26" x 23" and weighs less than 350 pounds. The unit's direct-drive alternator design provides for higher reliability and lower maintenance. The oil-service interval is 500 hours. The system includes Kohler's Advanced Digital Controller, which allows the driver to start and stop the generator and adjust the heating and cooling from inside the cab. The digital controller also features an easy-to-read LED screen that displays up to 13 operational conditions.

Dometic's auxiliary HVAC system, offered in 10,000 or 14,000 BTU capacities, consists of an external condensing unit and a low-profile compressor/evaporator/blower unit that mounts inside the sleeper. The two units are connected by flexible refrigerant lines that are precharged at the factory for easy hookup without special tools. The systems come with a 1.5, 2.0 or 2.5 kW built-in electrical heating unit.

About Kohler Power Systems
Kohler Power Systems is a division of Kohler Co., and delivers energy solutions for markets worldwide. `Kohler Power Systems provides complete power systems, including generators (stationary, mobile, residential and marine), automatic transfer switches, switchgear, monitoring controls and accessories for emergency, prime power and energy-management applications.

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, cabinetry, tile and home interiors, and international host to award-winning hospitality and world-class golf destinations.

About Dometic Environmental Corporation
Dometic Environmental Systems (www.dometicenviro.com), a business unit of Dometic Corporation, is a world leader in air conditioning and refrigeration technology for marine, vehicular and other applications. The company's products are marketed under the Cruisair, Marine Air Systems, Grunert and Sentry brand names, with a heritage dating back over 45 years. Corporate headquarters and operations are in Pompano Beach, Fla., with operations also in Richmond, Va. Factory-trained service facilities are located throughout the world.

About Dometic Corporation
Dometic is a customer driven, world-leading provider of innovative leisure products for the caravan, motorhome and marine markets. Dometic offers a complete range of air conditioners, refrigerators, awnings, cookers, sanitation systems, lighting, windows, doors and other equipment that make leisure life more comfortable away from home.

Dometic also provides refrigerators for specific use in hotel rooms, offices and for storage of medical products and wine along with comfort products designed for the over the road truck market. Dometic's products are sold in almost 100 countries and are produced mainly in Dometic's own production facilities around the world. Dometic has more than 4,400 employees.

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