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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

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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.

SJF Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Yesterday, Sam Sterner accepted the ALS #IceBucketChallenge.  He subsequently challenged the SJF Sales Staff, and being as there are so many of them involved, we had to break out the skid loader to make sure everybody got a piece of the action.

Check out the video after the jump.
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SJF Employee Spotlight

Hello, readers!  We are going to try out something new today.  We have decided to take one of our employees and shine the spotlight on them so that you can better understand who we are and what makes us tick.  We also want to thank the incredible people we have working here who fill orders, load trucks, refurbish equipment, do paperwork, and all of the other messy jobs that come with running a successful material handling equipment company.

That said, our first Employee Spotlight falls on Shawn Heaver.

Shawn has been at SJF for 9 years.  He runs the day to day dock operations as well as works in the yard fulfilling orders from time to time.
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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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SJF Goes Responsive

SJF just released the new fully responsive layout of their website.

“The new design allows users across all devices to have a consistent, engaging experience.” says Kent Powell – SJF’s web designer/developer. “Responsive design allows us to focus on one web property (sjf.com) rather than fracture the site into desktop, mobile, and app versions.  The site automatically adapts to the medium being used to display it. ”

This new design is currently applicable to all of the used/feature pages on SJF.com as well as the home page – with the rest of the site to follow soon.  This new design makes the old mobile site (m.sjf.com) obsolete.  The old site will remain active for a time, however future development will be focused solely on the main sjf.com domain to make the entire site accessible from all devices.