Kahler Corp., the Rochester, Minn., owner of the new University Park Hotel in Research Park, has assumed management of the 12-year-old Salt Lake Hilton Hotel, the company said.

Pearson Enterprises retains ownership of the 350-room Hilton "but a sale is pending," said a Kahler spokeswoman. Kahler has formed a new subsidiary company, S.L.K. Management Inc., to manage the Hilton.Kahler Corp. was founded in 1917 to provide lodging for visitors to the Mayo Cllinic in Rochester. The chain now owns five hotels in Rochester along with properties in five other states.