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SJF in Winsted Gives Employees Room to Grow

This article was originally published in the Herald Journal – Volume 95, Number 44.  The author and photographer is Starrla Cray.


What’s to like about working at SJF Material Handling in Winsted?

“Everything,” according to Marty Zitzloff, who has been with the company the past 24 years.

In both 2013 and 2014, Minnesota Business Magazine named SJF as one of the state’s 100 best companies to work for, based on an in-depth employee satisfaction survey. “We sort of break all the traditional rules of how business is run,” said president/sales manager Stafford Sterner, whose father, Gerald Sterner started the material handling company in 1979.

Employees are often promoted from within, and have the freedom to transition to different departments.

Zitzloff, for example, originally started at SJF as a welder.

“It was a lot of on-the-job training, and a few outside classes,” he recalled, adding that he later became the shop and yard supervisor.

Six years ago, Zitzloff decided to get into sales. He didn’t have any formal sales experience, but was familiar with the products SJF offers.

“Marty has had a lot of success here,” Stafford said. “We find opportunities for anyone who wants to apply themselves.”

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New Product – Kundel Cranes

SJF is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Kundel Cranes to offer their full  line of Kundel SnapTrac Cranes and other lift solutions  through both SJF’s  online store and accompanying  solutions sales division.

“Kundel Cranes has earned a reputation for providing one of the most cost-effective solutions for moving heavy material in the workplace” said SJF President Stafford Sterner.  Kundel crane systems are designed to be modular for easy expansion and reconfiguration. These bridge cranes feature an 8′ or 12′ bridge span and are available in several runway lengths. They can also provide custom bridge, or run lengths for any application.  In addition to their excellent structural track record, Kundel provides an internal electrical system option on their cranes that eliminates the pesky overhead wires of traditional bridge cranes.

SnapTrac cranes are easy to integrate into any work environment and are very easy to expand when needed. These kits come with everything you’ll need to erect a new bridge crane in less than a day. For more information and pricing on SJF’s lineup of Kundel lifting solutions view our bridge cranes online.

View Bridge Cranes in the Store

Featured Client: Maglio Minnesota

Maglio Minnesota is an approximately 25,000sq.ft. produce wholesale facility located in Oakdale, MN. Maglio Minnesota, specializes in receiving raw produce from growers throughout the country and sanitizing, sorting, and packing that produce into finished usable product for customers and consumers.

Vance Haugen was initially called out to Maglio to take a look at one of their cooling rooms.  They wanted to look at expanding available storage space to manage the increasing number of product that they needed to store. Vance informed them about a new flow rack product we carry (ExGlobe High Density Horizontal Flow Rail) and they expressed some interest.  The manufacturer’s rep accompanied Vance on another meeting and Maglio liked the product.

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Featured Client: Metro Mold and Design

Metro Mold and Design (MMD) is a Rogers, MN based, one stop shop for rapid mold manufacturing, custom plastic injection molding, thermoset plastic molding, extrusion blow molding, and precision CNC machining.  With an expanding operation, they contacted SJF in the fall of 2013 to assist in a layout and move into an new shipping warehouse.  MMD was at the time occupying and older warehosue with little lighting and low cieling, and was planning a move to a newer building with a 32′ ceiling.

The plan was to install very narrow aisle (VNA) rack to max out warehouse space in the new building.  After discussing it with SJF, MMD decided on a different plan altogether.

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Industry Insider ‘Sneak Peak’

If you haven’t heard of the Industry Insider, let us clue you in.  The Industry Insider is SJF’s weekly email newsletter that contains all the inside information on equipment available for immediate sale.  This is equipment that can be had for up to 80% off retail prices.  We also often offer specials or coupons that are available to Insider members only.  If you haven’t already heard of the Insider, check it out here.

Here’s the most recent Insider – just so you can see what you’re missing…

Premium Sizes of Pallet Rack

Priced to Sell Fast!
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SJF just acquired some very nice pallet racks. All of the equipment below is currently in stock at SJF’s MN headquarters, and is available for immediate shipment.

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Teardrop Pallet Rack
52 ea. – 42″ x 16′ Uprights – $80 ea.
100 ea. – 42″ x 18′ Uprights – $85 ea.
500 ea. – 96″ x 3-3/4″ Beams – $17.50 ea.
222 ea. – 96″ x 4″ Beams – $17.50 ea.
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T-Bolt Pallet Rack
100 ea. – 42″ x 216″ Unarco T-Bolt Uprights – $85 ea.
132 ea. – 42″ x 192″ Unarco T-Bolt Uprights – $80 ea.
450 ea. – 96″ x 3.5″ T-Bolt Beams – $16 ea.
940 ea. – 96″ x 4″ Unarco T-Bolt Beams – $16 ea.
690 ea. – 96″ x 5″ Unarco T-Bolt Beams – $18 ea.
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SJF Among 100 Best MN Companies for 2014

SJF today was honored to be named to Minnesota Business Magazines “The 2014 100 Best Companies to Work For.”

2014 marks the 2nd consecutive year SJF Material Handling Inc. (SJF.com) based in Winsted, Minnesota has been named to the “Top 100″ list published each year by Minnesota Business Magazine.

About the Nomination (From MN Business Magazine)

People spend about one-third of their lives at work, so for a company looking to attract top talent, it helps to score high marks in employee satisfaction. Businesses featured in our 100 Best Companies to Work For Awards have done just that. This award salutes Minnesota organizations setting the standard for employee well-being. The 100 Best are chosen using data gathered from an anonymous employee satisfaction survey administered by an independent research group. Only the top Minnesotan companies, as judged in areas such as work environment, employee benefits, employee happiness, and leadership, are selected for inclusion in the list.

Event Detials: A celebration of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in Minnesota will be held June 5, 2014, 6 p.m. at the Saint Paul RiverCentre