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Northern Tool + Equipment Company Description

Like most great companies, Northern Tool + Equipment had humble beginnings, started in a garage. Northern Hydraulics was established in 1980 by a resourceful Minnesota-native and Ranger, Donald L. Kotula. As a child, Donald grew up working alongside his father in a scrap yard dealing with recycled industrial debris, old train parts, and mining equipment. In his teens, and with an entrepreneurial spirit, he started a business refurbishing and selling used components to loggers. Paired with his education from the University of Minnesota, and former sales experience at Ziegler selling bulldozers and loaders, Donald moved forward and in the 1980’s, joined the family business and began handling operations for Northern Hydraulics. The business grew, and the first store, which was a rented warehouse and showroom space in Burnsville, Minnesota, opened in 1981.

New products added over time. These included: tools, tarps, water pumps, snowplow parts, and air compressors. In 1991, the company started a manufacturing business that built bigger and tougher products under the NorthStar brand, which included log splitters, generators, and pressure washers. To better explain the business's product offering, Northern Tool + Equipment became the new name in 1998.

Northern Tool + Equipment have customers that range from serious DIYers, small-to-large businesses, non-profit organizations, US Military, and numerous other service industries that rely on quality tools for serious work. There are three ways to purchase from Northern Tool + Equipment, online, catalog, and in-store. Boasting over 40,000 online products, customers can purchase via their PC, or mobile device, 24/7, directly from the company website. The company catalog has been in circulation for over 35 years, and customers can request a free copy.  With over 100 existing stores and plans for additional expansion, Northern Tool + Equipment is committed to providing a first-class in-store customer experience.

Northern Tool + Equipment remains today what it has always been, a family-run business, and together, along with its thousands of motivated employees, the company is able to bring the things they value most to millions of loyal customers.

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