Students in Hibbing High School’s Industrial Technology Program Get Gift from Alum’s Company

Tools for the Trades program

The donation from Northern Tool + Equipment will help hundreds of students for years to come

(Burnsville, MN) —  Oct. 17, 2023  — Northern Tool + Equipment (NTE) is donating $5,000 worth of tools and equipment to founder Don Kotula’s alma mater, Hibbing High School. The donation is part of NTE’s Tools for the Trades™ program.

“I started my career in a scrap yard on the Iron Range selling hydraulics, and the business evolved into Northern Tool,” said Don Kotula. “I’ve never forgotten my roots, and I’m thrilled to be able to give back to my alma mater. We hope this donation will help students find a love for the trades.”

Tools for the Trades™ is designed to address the trade labor shortage by providing professional-grade tools to high school career and technical education (CTE) programs.

“These donations give students and instructors access to equipment used on job sites and can prepare the next generation of tradespeople,” said NTE co-owners Ryan and Wade Kotula.

Hibbing High School has more than 1,000 students, and hundreds of students are enrolled in their Industrial Technology programs.

“This generous donation will help our CTE programs. Students in our welding and manufacturing classes will benefit from having new industry-standard tools and equipment,” said Hibbing High School Principal Ranae Seykora.

About Northern Tool + Equipment:
Northern Tool + Equipment is a family-owned company serving both DIYers and trades professionals tackling the tough projects. A leading supplier of more than 100,000 high-quality tools and equipment for over 40 years, the company’s highly-trained team has an immense breadth of knowledge to help customers in-person at more than 130 retail stores, online and over the phone through their fully-staffed contact center. From helping customers get the right tool for the job to assisting with parts and repairs that keep tools running at peak performance, customer service is at the foundation of Northern Tool’s mission. With a passion for serving their communities and helping to fill the trades labor shortage, the company’s Tools for the Trades™ program donates high-quality tools directly into school classrooms, helping teachers show students the value of working in the trades. Learn more about Northern Tool + Equipment at and stay connected through social media: Facebook (@northerntool), Instagram (@northern_tool), Twitter (@northerntool), YouTube and Pinterest.

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