Business expansion
Location of affected unit(s)
Guipavas (65 employees) and other units in France
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27.1 - Manufacture Of Electric Motors, Generators, Transformers And Electricity Distribution And Control Apparatus

80 jobs
Number of planned job creations
Job creation
Announcement Date
18 July 2023
Employment effect (start)
18 July 2023
Foreseen end date
31 December 2023


The American group Kohler, the world's third-largest manufacturer of generating sets (also present in the bathroom supplies market), has announced the recruitment of 100 people for its generating set business, including 80 in France and 65 at the Guivapas site near Brest (Finistère). In total, these new hires represent 10% of the current workforce of 800, and follow on from 118 new hires since the start of the year. The Kohler site at Guipavas (formerly SDMO) manufactures 32,000 parts annually. To address recruitment difficulties, the company has introduced a €500 'co-optation bonus' for every successful candidate recommended by an employee or their family. 



Eurofound (2023), Kohler, Business expansion in France, factsheet number 109305, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/109305.