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Are you someone who makes a living by working with your hands? Or is it just a hobby you enjoy? Either way, you know the importance of having the right tools for the job, and that is why you shop at Northern Tool + Equipment. Founder and CEO, Donald L. Kotula, grew up on Minnesota's Iron Range, working in an industrial scrap yard. After earning a business degree and working in other industries, Kotula eventually returned to his roots and set up shop as Northern Hydraulics. The company added to its line of products with a variety of tools, tarps, water pumps, air compressors and more. In 1981, the company opened its first storefront, and in 1991 it launched a manufacturing business for its NorthStar brand of superior tools. The company was renamed Northern Tool + Equipment in 1998, and remains a family business supplying tough tools for tough customers.