Our History

Our 40 Year History

Beginning as a thought in 1979,  two friends became partners and started a company in a small corner office of Bargain Supply Company, a hardware and tool supply house in Louisville, Kentucky. Word moved fast about this new company offering a more rugged and dependable grade of machinery for hobbyists and the Do-it-Yourself (DIY) market. It took just a few short years to discover that the same demand existed in the industrial division of the wood-working machinery.

In the mid 80’s they began to offer industrial woodworking machinery as well as continue to offer machinery for the hobbyist and DIY market.  A cross road in 1992 steered the company to an almost exclusively classical solid wood industrial machinery offering,  which has been the foundation of Northtech ever since.  In 1994 the decision was made to  relocate across the street to Northtech’s own 30,000SF building. This new space allowed for a much needed parts and service department,  which rocketed  Northtech Industrial Machinery into machinery for other industries outside woodworking. Often stocking over 800 new and used machines, Northtech grew into these other areas such as metal working and plastic machinery steadily.

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Former Northtech owner negotiating an 8 machine order from current Northtech owner. (1992)

Over the next two decades Northtech became a staple in factories of all sizes across America, and in 2016 the Northtech name was acquired and reorganized by the Koetter family of Starlight Indiana.  Being the second and third generation of a family-owned woodworking business that started in 1959  just a few miles from Louisville, the Koetters had already partnered with Northtech for over 25 years on machinery. This partnership made Northtech one of the primary machinery  suppliers in what grew to be an almost 800,000SF  woodworking powerhouse in the Midwest.  Along with this new leadership, machinery experience and energy came the third building to showcase a Northtech logo. Northtech Machine LLC’s new home is inside the former 398,000SF Kimball International woodworking facility in Borden, Indiana. This new space ensures Northtech’s ability to provide our current and future customers dependable machinery that is backed by an industry leading parts and service department for generations to come.  Now, the Koetters are dedicated to providing  our customers with the same machinery and after sale service they demanded when they were the customer.

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102 Walnut St
Borden, Indiana 47106

Office: 812-967-7400
Fax: 812-967-7401

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Friday 8am to 4pm EST
No appointments needed unless outside standard hours.

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