Northern Tool + Equipment® first began at founder Don Kotula's home in Minnesota selling cylinders, valves and how-to manuals for log splitters by mail. Doing business as Northern Hydraulics, he grew the business with his family mailing catalogs, answering calls, taking orders, strapping packages, and coordinating the shipping. Northern officially opened the first store in 1981.
In 1991, we launched a manufacturing business that builds bigger, tougher products under the NorthStar® brand, including log splitters, generators, pressure washers, air compressors and sprayers. In 1998, we changed the company's name to Northern Tool + Equipment to better reflect our product offering. Northern Tool remains the Kotula's family business, headed by Don's sons Wade and Ryan. Today, with over 90 retail stores in the US and thousands of employees, we continue to provide great value and variety to our customers around the world.
Our manufacturing locations have an expert team of 13 engineers working together on two continents, led by our U.S. team in Faribault, Minnesota. NorthStar engineers listen to the real experts, our customers, and constantly make improvements from their feedback. They work with industry leaders including DuPontTM, Honeywell®, Parker Hannifin® and ExxonMobilTM.
Four highly qualified, degreed engineers help oversee our factory in Ningbo, China. ISO 9001 certified, the Ningbo facility is a wholly owned entity of Northern Tool + Equipment. The entire wet end of each NorthStar pump is made here. All plastic injection molding is done at Ningbo using carefully selected and rigorously tested resins. NorthStar's proprietary Viton rubber compounds are molded into valves, o-rings and gaskets at Ningbo. These compounds were created specifically for these pumps and have been tested to ensure durability.
For over two decades, NorthStar has set the standard for quality, performance and reliability. Professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike trust the superior quality of NorthStar to get the job done right the first time, every time. Our international sales team is responsible for cultivating valuable, long-term relationships with customers around the globe needing high-value products.
We currently have partners and distributors all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Mexico, the Caribbean, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and South Africa. As we venture into new markets, our partners continue to be our greatest asset. Through NorthStar sprayers and pumps, we deliver high-value, industry-leading products that your customers need to get the job done right.
Your success is our success.