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Tutorial Guide – New Style vs. Old Style Teardrop Pallet Racks

 In this short tutorial, Material Handling veteran Jason Dieter shares some insider insights about the different styles of beams that work with the many versions of teardrop style pallet rack. Jason not only demonstrates the difference between old style and new style racks, but also reveals some of the hybrids found in the marketplace as well.

A View of the rack from up top

Old Style VS. New Style Teardrop Pallet Rack


SJF Stocks Over 20 Acres of New & Used Material Handling Equipment at it’s Winsted, Minnesota Location.

Check out our overhead views of the SJF Material Handling’s Winsted, Minnesota location – the nation’s largest stocking distributor.

Main-Facility-Yard2 Used Warehouse Storage Racking
Main-Facility-Arial2 20 Acres of Warehouse Equipment
Main-Facility-Tent1 New Pallet Racks
Main-Facility-Yard1 Used Pallet Racks


Employee Spotlight – Eric Moen


ERIC MOEN (3 of 3)Name: Eric Moen

Dept: Sales

Years at SJF: 4

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Motorcycle Riding and playing with my dog, Molly.

Biggest Pet Peeve: When people don’t follow through with what they say they are going to do.

ERIC MOEN (2 of 3)Name something about you that people would be surprised to know: I have been in sales my entire life. Starting when I was 11 years old, selling spices in Cub Scouts, and going to Mississippi to sell books going door to door. I loved it.

What question would you like to answer that you didn’t get asked? Are you Single? And the answer is Yes!

SJF Supports Eric Thovson & Family in Local Swim-a-thon Fundraiser

Eric Thovson & Family

Eric Thovson & Family

Thovson and family shown here sporting SJF colors were out in force this past month supporting High Tides Swim Club and the USA Swimming Foundation. The purpose of the event was to  raise some donations via the Swim-a-thon challenge.

Eric’s daughter Bella completed an impressive 240 laps in 1 hour and 53 minutes for a total of 6,000 meters (almost 4 miles).  Pretty awesome Bella! Erick swam a total of 1,800 meters adding to the total. Eric & Bella’s effort helped  rack up some additional donation dollars for the event.

The event saw over 56 athletes ranging in age from 7 to 48 years old participate in this event in support of our non-profit organization dedicated to providing developmental and competitive swimming opportunities to children in the greater Hutchinson area. USA Swimming clubs have over 12,000 registered athletes aged 18 and under in Minnesota and it is the single largest organized activity for kids in the United States.

This event raised over $10,000 thanks to the support and generosity of it’s sponsors. 95% of the money raised stays with our local club to help fund our scholarship program for swimmers with financial hardships. The other 5% goes to the USA Swimming Foundation to support national initiatives.

Ericks involvement in swimming had been as a Dad and President of the Board of Directors until recently. Erick is now back in the water as an official member of United States Masters Swimming. For now it is fitness driven, but at some point Erick claims he may get up the courage to race in a Master’s meet. Maybe about 30-40 pounds from now. One thing is for sure, the Sales team at SJF will surely taunt him relentlessly in his quest.
Keep and eye open in the months ahead for further updates. Till then, keep your head above water Eric and keep strok’en.

Eric THovson - SJF Material Handling Inc.

Eric Thovson

Bella Thovson

Bella Thovson


Featured Client- Soul Flower

Soul Flower was founded in 1999 by Mike and Peggy as a way to promote a bohemian, eco-friendly, and peaceful lifestyle. Our little shop on Grand Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota was a gathering place for college students and locals looking for ‘cool threads for kind heads’. Since those days, Soul Flower has made a few changes… they no longer have a retail store, but have expanded with a digital catalog, an online retail shop, a wholesale catalog, and a screen printing team. One thing that hasn’t changed is our dedication to offering our customers thoughtful, eco-friendly clothing styles at an affordable price – and of course the best customer service anywhere!

In 2014, Soul Flower contacted Eric Moen at SJF to assist in a new addition to their expanding warehouse, and he was happy to oblige.  Eric can be reached at or directly at 320 485 4963.

Soul Flower Warehouse

Soul Flower Warehouse

Soul Flower Warehouse

Soul Flower Warehouse

Soul Flower Warehouse

Soul Flower Warehouse

SJF hosts annual Christmas celebration & awards presentation for employees


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This past Friday SJF held its annual Christmas day celebration and employee appreciation dinner. Each year SJF’s owners take time to reflect upon the past years activities with its employees. 2014 was a year which  saw several salespeople hitting personal milestone marks. Jason Dieter and Vance Haugen were recognized as 2014 million dollar+ club  members hitting impressive personal yearly sales numbers along with teammates Kendal Kalamaha & Eric Moen each surpassing  2 million+ sales marks respectfully. As for Kendal &  Eric, neither are strangers to sales excellence. Kendal was last years overall SJF sales champion while Eric Moen has put up impressive numbers each and every month throughout the year. In the end, the claim  for overall sales title went down to the wire with Erics final tally  being  just enough edge out Kendal Kalamaha  ( the 2103 champ), for the 2014 sales crown. Competition among SJF’s sales people is always fierce but friendly. The one thing they all agree on is  without the help and support from the many people within the organization what they do in sales would not be  possible.   Our shop , yard and shipping folks are truly the life blood of the company and the unsung hero’s  that make it all happen for our clients each and every day.

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Other award winners included Joe Bachel. Joe was awarded a special plaque in recognition for an impressive 20 years of service. Joe has single handedly kept SJF’s equipment running each and every day for the past 2 decades.  His coordination & management of the outside crews is instrumental in getting equipment in and out of the yard on a daily basis. Joe  has proven himself as  one of those rare people who can always find a way to get it done.

Lorie Bachel, Ed Salonek and Greg Labow were recognized for the extraordinary effort and long hours they sacrificed to get the new inventory and data management systems up and running. Brian Springer, Dave keeper and Matt Johnson were also recognized

for their contributions to the design, manufacture  and installation of the sweep sorter project at  Fun Company in Mankato Minnesota this fall. Last but not least special recognition was given to the entire SJF shop, dock & yard crew teams.  Arguably the unsung hero’s of SJF Christmas 2104 (4 of 22)the company, the effort they put forth throughout the past year getting products picked, packaged & and shipped accurately and on time. Their efforts  resulted in SJF receiving a record number of customer 4-& 5 star reviews from clients across the USA in 2014.  For your efforts, we salute you!

In the end, 2014 went down in the book as a memorable year that saw many new challenges. 2014 marked a transition from something old & comfortable to something new & bold. A year that saw individuals put aside personal differences to come together to work & succeed as a team. It was a year where everyone’s participation made a difference and has set the stage for an exciting year to come.




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