About Us

Don Kotula - Founder and Chairman

If you love what you do, it’s not really work.

- Don Kotula, Founder

True Northern

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 70,000 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 with 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 – because we strive for low employee turnover, we regularly celebrate work anniversaries at Northern. Every year, team members earn recognition for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, even 30 years of service.

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Corporate - World Headquarters (WHQ)

Burnsville, MN

Many core activities take place at our corporate headquarters in Burnsville, Minnesota. Among the departments located here are: Advertising, Real Estate/Facilities, Accounting/Finance, IT, Marketing, Operations, Business Development/Compliance, Merchandising, Retail, and Human Resources/Learning + Development. Team members at WHQ hold positions from entry level through senior management.

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Retail Locations

120+ Locations In 22 States

While Northern Tool + Equipment began as a nationwide mail order business, our retail stores are an integral part of our business. We operate stores in multiple states and we are expanding into new markets at a steady rate. We have a particularly strong presence in the Southeast, the Midwest and Texas. We offer part time and full time positions in sales, product placement and cashiers. Management level opportunities include Assistant Store Manager and Store Manager positions.

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Northern Tool + Equipment Manufacturing

Faribault, MN

Our state-of-the-art facility in Faribault, MN is a key part of our success. We design, build and ship NorthStar and Powerhorse products, including high-quality generators, pressure washers, water pumps, air compressors, log splitters and more. By building these items ourselves, we provide our customers with premium tools at direct-from-the-manufacturer prices. We have opportunities in assembly, machine operating and welding, along with positions in engineering, customer care, purchasing and more.

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Customer Contact Centers


Our Customer Service and Sales Departments operate 100% remote. All positions are staffed At Home. Some regional restrictions do apply.

Available opportunities include careers in Customer Service, Inside Sales, Account Management, Operations, as well as management positions.

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NTE India

Hyderabad , India

At Northern, we are committed to investing in every domain to deliver an outstanding omnichannel customer experience for our customers. The need for expansion across the world is essential, and we’re at the forefront of that change. It has become more critical than ever to explore and innovate.

The hub in Hyderabad, India provides significant support to our business with a wide-range of capabilities. NTE India is an extension of our headquarters and expands Northern’s reach to find talent which supports our strategic growth plans. As we grow, we recognize having a global talent strategy is critical to the success of our business.

The team in India is accelerating innovation to provide our customers with compelling new products and solutions.

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Distribution Centers

Savage, MN, Ft. Mill, SC and Arlington, TX

Our distribution centers support our businesses. Our largest facility is in Fort Mill, SC (near Charlotte). We opened a new distribution center in Arlington, TX in 2011 that is key to supporting our retail growth. We have career opportunities for fork lift drivers, receivers, pickers and supervisory personnel.

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Parts & Service / Small Engine Repair

120+ Locations In 22 States

Northern Tool & Equipment retail stores offer complete parts & repair services for outdoor power equipment. Our shop-within-a-store concept is staffed with factory-trained and certified technicians working on residential and commercial mowers, trimmers, generators, pressure washers and much more. A typical work day for the small engine mechanic may include: diagnostics, repairs, parts sales and orders, inventory management and warranty of private label and major manufactured brands. Northern offers full & part-time positions with opportunities to build a career with a nationally recognized retail team as a small engine mechanic or service representative .

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Not seeing any openings that match what you are looking for, or want to stay connected with Northern? Join our Talent Network to receive job alerts and relevant company updates and communication.

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Since we are a company founded and built on providing solutions, we as employees have the platform to contribute ideas at any level of the company. It’s easier to have your voice heard. It’s great to be part of a culture that provides such a platform.

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Company Perks

Northern Tool + Equipment offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package. Most benefits are offered to employees working 30 hours per week. Part-time employees may be eligible to enroll in the 401(k) plan. The following benefit plans are available to eligible employees:

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  • In the spirit of one of our favorite Core Values, Have Fun, we work hard but also play hard here!
  • Annual summer picnic
  • Team lunches
  • Ice cream socials
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Casual/Dress for Your Day
  • Interdepartmental team events and competitions – we love a little friendly competition
  • Service awards
  • Core Values recognition program


  • 401k with company match
  • Flex spending account for medical and dependent care
  • Life Insurance (company paid and provides 1X annual salary in coverage)
    • Supplemental life Insurance available for employee, spouse, and children
  • Travel Assistance program - benefits available for emergency situations while traveling
  • Accident and Critical Care coverage
  • Tuition assistance
  • Employee Discount at all Northern Tool companies
  • Paid Time Off
  • Retail manager bonus plan
  • Commission plans
  • Annual Incentive Plan programs


  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental and Vision Plans
  • 100% coverage for in network preventive care
  • 100% coverage for in network preventive medications
  • Disease prevention and management including weight loss support through Omada
  • Tobacco cessation support
  • Company sponsored fitness and wellness challenges
  • Employee Assistance Program (includes 24/7 support and up to 3 in person counseling sessions at no cost)
  • Accident and Critical care coverage
  • Short term disability
  • Long-term disability (company paid, provides up to 60% of monthly covered earnings)
  • Flex Spending Accounts for Medical and Dependent Care Expenses
  • Grand Rounds – health care advocate to support employees with accessing quality care
  • Learn to Live – mental health online support/resources for all employees and family members

  • Transparency In Coverage


  • Volunteer Time Off – paid time off to volunteer!
  • Charitable Matching Programs
  • Community Health Charities sponsor
  • Regular donations made to 360 Communities
  • Supporter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Made in Minnesota, Nurturing Trade + Excellence Program
  • Regular donations to communities impacted by storm disasters
  • Member of Make Time to Vote organization


  • MN Top Workplaces recipient for 5 years in a row – recognized as a top scorer in work/life balance
  • Work/life balance continually scores at the top in engagement surveys
  • Remote work options
  • Generous PTO plan
  • Volunteer Time Off (VTO) – paid time off to volunteer
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Caregiving support – all employees eligible for a company paid membership to Bright Horizons to support finding resources and receive discounts to meet care giving needs
  • Reasonable retail hours, no big box hours here!
  • Member of Make Time to Vote organization – paid time off to vote


  • Career growth and advancement
  • Regular 1-1s and coaching
  • Access to talent management technology to support individual career development and aspirations
  • Access to many Learning + Development offerings online and in person
  • Partnerships with many educational programs, organizations, and institutions
  • Internship and apprentice offerings
  • Stretch assignments and opportunity to try out new things!
  • Tuition assistance
  • Various leadership development programs for leaders at all stages in their management career

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Hiring FAQs

How will I know if my information has been received?
Shortly after completing the application you will receive an email confirmation that we have received your information.

Do I have to fill out the application to be considered for a position, or can I mail my resume, email my resume or drop it off in person?
In order to be considered for any given role at Northern, you must complete the online application process.

Do I need to re-apply as new opportunities are posted?
Yes, you need to apply for all positions for which you'd like to be considered, even if it is a position you've applied for previously. Log into your account and select the new role for which you would like to apply. Your information will already be in our system, so you don’t need to fill out the application in its entirety again, so it is a quick process. You will receive an email confirmation letting you know that your information was successfully re-submitted.

How can I check the status of my application?
If you have not heard from us after submitting your application, you can assume that we have reviewed your application and felt that we had other candidates whose experience and qualifications were better suited for the opportunity for which you applied. We apologize that we cannot reach out to every candidate to let them know the status of the application.

I do not see a job posted where I live, or I am interested in employment with Northern but there are no current openings that match my background. Can I be notified when a job in my location or field of interest comes available?
Yes. On our main careers page, please click the link to Join our Talent Network. Joining our Talent Network will enhance your job search and application process. Whether you choose to apply or just leave your information, we look forward to staying connected with you. By joining our network you will:

  • Receive alerts with new job opportunities that match your interests
  • Receive relevant communications and updates from our organization
  • Share job opportunities with family and friends through Social Media or email

What is Northern’s hiring process?
Our recruitment team or Store Manager will review all resumes and/or applications that are submitted for a specific role. We will typically conduct a telephone interview with those candidates that are best suited for the position. If we feel the candidate meets the necessary requirements and core competencies for the role and our culture, the candidate will be referred on for an in-person interview with the Hiring Manager. Depending on the position, you could be invited back for follow-up interviews as well.

How much time should I allow to fill out the application?
The application takes about 5-10 minutes to complete. You may exit our online application system at any time, save your answers and return to finish and submit your application when you are ready to do so.

What should I do if I am experiencing technical problems with the online application?
We apologize if you are experiencing technical problems while using our Careers site. The internet browsers that that are supported by our Applicant Tracking System are Internet Explorer 9-11, Firefox, Chrome and Safari.

If after reading this FAQ section, you have not found a solution for the issue, please go to Jobvite Support for additional help. Please describe in detail the problem(s) you are experiencing.

I saw a position posted on a job board but it is not posted on your website. Is it still available?
Our Careers site has the most up-to-date information regarding openings at Northern Tool. Job boards do not always get updated immediately. If the position is not posted on our website, it is not available any longer.


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