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About Northern Tool & Equipment Catalog Company, Inc.

Stocked with more than 70,000 products, family-owned Northern Tool + Equipment offers an assortment of heavy-duty tools as well as construction and industrial equipment (such as air compressors, power generators, and pressure washers). Its primary customers include building contractors, automotive shops, small-to-large businesses, non-profit organizations, the US military, the do-it-yourself crowd, and many other service industries. Works with more than 1,500 popular brands at guaranteed lowest prices, Northern Tool rings up revenues through catalogs, websites, and more than 100 retail stores in some 20 states. Headquartered in Burnsville, Minnesota, Northern Tool + Equipment was founded in 1981 by Don Kotula.


Northern Tool offers a huge selection of generators, pressure washers, air compressors, welding equipment, scaffolding, trailers, parts, tires, towing accessories, hand power, air tools, and much more. Its own world-class products are available in a wide range of categories such as farm and acreage, fuel transfer and lubrication, lawn and garden, and storage and organizers, among others.

Geographic Reach

Northern Tool is headquartered in Burnsville, Minnesota.

Sales and Marketing

Northern Tool provides solutions for all industries such as childcare, schools and places of worship; manufacturing and automotive; offices, banks and municipal buildings; restaurants, bars and cafes; and airports and transportation hubs, among others. Its items or products are ship through UPS, FedEx, and YRC (truck) Freight.

Company Background

In 2012 it entered two new states: Mississippi and Nebraska, and continued to add to its store count in Texas. Previously, the chain strengthened its existing base in Texas -- where there are now more than 15 locations -- opening its first store in Austin in 2011.

Extending its reach beyond hardware, Northern Tool in late 2012 acquired direct merchants The Sportsman's Guide and The Golf Warehouse from Redcats USA for $215 million. The twin purchases gave Northern Tool approximately $1.5 billion in annual sales. Both companies continue to operate as stand-alone brands to capitalize on their brand equity.

Northern Tool was founded in 1981 as a mail-order shop by its CEO Donald Kotula, and changed its name to Northern Tool + Equipment in 1998.

Northern Tool & Equipment Catalog Company, Inc.

2800 Southcross Dr W
Burnsville, MN 55306-6936
Phone: 1 (952) 894-9510

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Administrative Assistant: Kathleen Novak
Employees (This Location): 250
Employees (All Locations): 1,600

Major Office Locations

Burnsville, MN