Since founder Don Kotula opened his garage door to the world in 1980, Northern Tool + Equipment has stayed true to a vision that has guided the company ever since — building lasting relationships by providing the right solution for our customers. Today, Northern Tool + Equipment has grown into a billion-dollar company that provides over 40,000 carefully chosen tools via catalogs, website and retail stores. We seek talented people who wish to share their initiative, ideas and expertise; we develop and support our teams and we put them in a position to succeed. We know our customer, we provide value and we act with integrity. We are True Northern.
LARGE ENOUGH TO MATTER, SMALL ENOUGH THAT YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Can a family business be a major player? Taken together, Northern Tool + Equipment’s operations generate over $1 billion in sales each year. Within our industry, Northern is a recognized leader.
At the same time, Northern Tool + Equipment is a family business in the ways that matter. Senior management is just down the hall or up the stairs from everyone in our headquarters building. Don Kotula isn’t an oil painting in the lobby — he’s walking the hallways and offering ideas (and wisdom) to the team.
WE BUILD LASTING RELATIONSHIPS
At Northern Tool, we’re far more interested in building relationships than we are in simply making transactions. Our customer base is exceptionally loyal, because customers know that we will give them the right solution. Our employees are loyal, too — we strive for low employee turnover, and we regularly celebrate work anniversaries at Northern.
Every year, team members earn recognition for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, even 30 years of service.
From the beginning, Northern Tool + Equipment has been on a continuous pattern of growth. By staying true to our Core Values, Northern has been able to maintain success in its operations and thrive in good times and in periods of uncertainty.
AN INDUSTRY LEADER
Northern is an industry leader. We listen to the customer and respond. We offer top-quality tools and expert advice to our customers.
A COMMITMENT TO INNOVATION
We have a manufacturing facility where we design, test and build world-class tools. Our merchants travel the world to find superior products.
As a family-owned business, we don’t just talk about work/life balance at Northern Tool + Equipment. We have respect for personal lives; wherever possible, we strive for flexibility in work schedules and we maintain a relaxed, professional atmosphere. By treating our employees with respect and understanding, we are able to maintain a cohesive team. – less