Rockler’s founder, Norton Rockler, dies

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Rockler Woodworking & Hardware founder Norton “Nordy” Rockler passed away on Dec. 28, 2020, at the age of 98.

Nordy founded the Minnesota Woodworkers Supply Company in 1954 in North Minneapolis as a mail order business, which later became The Woodworker’s Store with the opening of the first retail store in 1977. In 1996, the company was renamed Rockler Woodworking & Hardware and has since expanded nationally and internationally.

“My father was a pioneer and innovator in his field and left an incredible legacy in woodworking and furniture making,” said Ann Rockler Jackson, executive chairman of Rockler Cos. Inc.

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