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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

New Upgrades Make a Safer More Efficient Workplace

Hello again, readers!

Today I’d like to tell you about some improvements we have going on at SJF’s headquarters in Winsted, MN.  These updates are part of an initiative to make the shop safer and production easier on the employees.  First, SJF is installing a brand new crane-way.  This overhead structure will allow workers to more easily move rack, conveyor and carousel projects around the shop easily.

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Summer Fishing Contest (2013)

SJF just announced the start of the summer 2013 fishing contest.  All employees and their immediate families are invited to participate in this catch & release contest.  The contest runs from May – October and will feature monthly as well as overall contest winners.

Winners will be determined using a point system based on the length & species of fish caught per month and over the entire time period.  In other words, you may not win a specific month, however you can still win by having the most points at the end of the contest.

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Material Handling Myths, Monsters & Secrets

Hello, my name is Rhonda Remer, and being the newest addition to the SJF project sales team, I’d like to offer some inside perspective from the trenches. I have worked in online sales & support for 6 years and just recently started working in client project sales about four months ago. In my short time in direct sales, I have uncovered 2 simple truths. The first one, I had to learn. The second is a truth that I’d like my customers to learn.

First and foremost though, project sales is harder than it looks. And by hard, I mean time consuming. Don’t get me wrong, the lead opportunities are great at SJF. There’s no shortage of customer interest & quote requests. Whether it’s by phone or email, when I do speak with customers they don’t always know how to put into words what they envision in their minds. The back and forth translation of needs & wants takes a lot of time. There are days where I feel like a child on an Easter egg hunt with an eye patch and a broken hip. It’s not that we don’t have the equipment, (we have loads of equipment!) it’s just that with used equipment, having the exact material at the exact time a customer needs it can be a challenge.

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Featured Client: Central McGowan

Central McGowan, Inc. is a leading distributor of welding and industrial equipment, supplies, abrasives, safety equipment, automation and robotics. Serving industrial, medical, specialty, and beverage companies for over 60 years, Central McGowan maintains a commitment to provide high quality and cost effective solutions to clients in MN and beyond.

For several years, Central McGowan has relied on SJF  to prioritize efficiency and functionality in their ever evolving warehouse design. The latest project utilized a smaller floor space with higher ceilings. With less floor space, comes the challenge of keeping enough room between racks to operate a forklift while still getting the most storage out of the pallet rack system. SJF delivered uprights that fit the needs as well as assisting in planning a custom layout to optimize the space requirements. SJF also filled the order in a short amount of time by cutting down used beam material to make standard 8 foot beams that looked brand new, which also reduced the price.

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SJF’s Holiday Party – 2012

On Friday December 21st at noon,  SJF Material Handling shut down operations to celebrate the past year with a Holiday Luncheon for all employees.

Sam Sterner, SJF’s lead buyer, proved he can track down more than just equipment by spear-heading the food acquisition which was catered by Dicky’s BBQ Pit out of Eden Prairie, MN.   All employees were in attendance, including SJF’s  Founding Father,  Gerald (Jerry) Sterner.

After everybody enjoyed their BBQ, several awards were presented.  Here’s a recap.

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