KOHLER, Wis. — Power Equipment Systems (PES), Salem, Oregon, has acquired distribution rights for KOHLER Engines from H.G. Makelim, based in San Francisco. The transition, which goes into effect on March 1, 2019, coincides with the announced retirement of Jim Hess, president of H.G. Makelim. PES has represented KOHLER Engines in the states of Washington, Oregon, and northern Idaho for decades and now takes on additional distribution responsibilities for the manufacturer’s gasoline and diesel engines as well as service parts in Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, California, Hawaii, southern Idaho, and western Nebraska.

“Having worked with PES for a long time, we anticipate an incredibly smooth transition and a seamless continuation of the passionate and attentive service they’ve always provided to our customers,” said Chris Rector, Director of Distribution Sales and Service for KOHLER Engines. “Of course, we also express our appreciation to H.G. Makelim — a trusted and dedicated partner that has worked very hard on behalf of KOHLER Engines through the years.”

PES is a family-owned company dedicated to providing the highest levels of product expertise and service to its customers. The company operates out of a newly constructed 120,000 square foot headquarters in Salem, Oregon and has represented KOHLER Engines since 2001. For additional company information, please visit PesNet.com.

KOHLER has been manufacturing engines for more than 90 years and has continually enhanced its highly-regarded commercial lineup to help make life easier and more profitable for end users around the globe. KOHLER now offers a full array of gasoline, diesel and gaseous-fueled engines – up to 134 hp. – which are supplied to equipment manufacturers worldwide in the lawn and garden, commercial and industrial, agricultural and construction markets. To learn more, visit www.KohlerPower.com.