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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

 

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

 

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 emoen@sjf.com 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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New Employee Kitchen & Lunchroom completed just in time for Chili Cook-off

SJF Material Handling  -  Lunch room -1The final finishing touches today were put on SJF’s  newly refurbished company lunch room.  Several weeks in  waiting and just in time for Christmas, the new lunch room will be completed just in time to host  SJF’s annual employee chile cook-off wars.   With credit card in hand, Menard’s was raided and supplies requisitioned resulting in a total kitchen makeover for the employees lunchroom. The revamp  included but was by no means limited to  new tiled floors, a hipster paint job, new 100% certified imitation wood cabinets, scratch & dent  appliances,  fully functional electrical outlets and more.  All construction was done under the watchful eye of sales solutions specialist and resident celebrity   “Rusty Iron Chef”   Vance Haugen ( seen above in his snappy colored red shirt). Vance’s review –   2 thumbs up & a full 5 stars approval rating.

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SJF runners accept challenge – take on Turkey-Day Tag-a-lone 5K Race

It staTurkey Tag-a-longrted with your typical Wednesday  afternoon taunt among coworkers which lead to a 5K race challenge on a frigid Thanksgiving day.

Kendal Kalamaha (who’s no stranger to accepting a challenge) and Jason Deiter  ( who’s not shy about creating one) overcame some cold frigid weather and a blistering wind to participate in this years annual  Turkey Tag-a-long 5k run in Howard Lake Minnesota.   It was one of those ” if you do it I’ll do it to” scenarios that got both men out on the course and across the finish line.  While it may have been  Kendal’s 1st official 5K race, he is no stranger to running long distances. Kendal has been an avid runner for the past 2 years often waking at 4 AM to put in as many as 4-5 miles/day before leaving for the office.  Jason is no rookie to competition himself having been an avid distance runner and a

local legend a few years back.  At the end of the day,  Kendal  finished with an impressive  25:26:5 time. Kendal’s effort  for 5K was good enough to earn him a 10th place finish  in a field of over 120 runners .    Jason’s  31:22:00 time was good enough to beat over half the field and a 40th place finish. Not bad for going right from the couch  to the starting line in frigid conditions.  When Jason and Kendal aren

SJF Material Handling ( Kanda & Jason)

Kandal Kalamaha & Jason Deiter

‘t running races or  taking on challenges they can be found working at SJF Material Handling in Winsted, MN.  There Jason , Kendal and 6 of their sales coworkers work with businesses  nationwide  who are looking for  new & used material handling  & warehouse equipment…or at least..  when they are not taunting each other over the next new challenge.