Don Kotula starts Northern from his garage in Eagan, MN, selling hydraulic parts.
The Distribution Center in Charlotte, NC, is established. Retail expansion continues through the Southern sea-board states and Minnesota.
Hotline Catalog is introduced.
The first Northern Hydraulics catalog is mailed out. Northern Hydraulics moves headquarters to Cliff Road, Burnsville, MN. The first retail store and warehouse are built.
Customer Service Department is created.
250,000 sq. ft. warehouse is opened in Savage, MN.
Company relocates to new 180,000 sq. ft. Corporate office in Burnsville, MN. NorthStar is founded.
In keeping with a growing diversity of products, Northern Hydraulics changes its name to Northern Tool + Equipment.
NorthernTool.com is launched.
Northern celebrates 15 year anniversary.
Charlotte Warehouse moves to Fort Mill, SC.
Northern Tractor & Power Co. established.
New branding images are introduced, including a new logo and advertising campaign to coordinate stores, catalog and Internet ventures.
Powerhorse is introduced featuring two-way log splitters.
Northern Gift Card rolled out.
Northern ventures into Ningbo, China, to grow manufacturing operations. Kotula’s “The Guys with the Goods” catalog and Kotulas.com launched.
Northern expands its NASCAR presence by sponsoring Erik Darnell in the No. 6 Ford Fusion in the Nationwide Series.
Northern develops global market with business venture in Chile.
A focus on proprietary brands including Klutch, Kitchener, Wel-Bilt, Ultra-Tow, Roughneck and NPower.
262,500 sq. ft. warehouse opened in Arlington, TX.
Northerntool.com mobile website launched.
Northern Tool acquires The Golf Warehouse and Sportsman Guide.
Strongway is founded.
Hotline is rebranded to Advantage