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2018 “Fit as a Fiddle Contest” Ends – Winner: Ed Salonek

Final tally is in on the SJF Phase III “Fit as a Fiddle” Contest…

Please join us in congratulating Ed Salonek in our Accounting Department for losing the most weight, with an astounding 4.622% body weight lost! A close second place went to Tom Moore in the Sales Department, with 4.491% body weight loss, and third place went to Denise Rosenau in the Web & Marketing Department, with a 1.202% body weight loss.

Ed walks away with not only better health, but also the grand prize – an Yoga Lenovo laptop, sponsored by MedVelocity.

In total, 29.6 lbs. was shed by the group, with 11 employees participating.

A special thanks goes out to MedVelocity for sponsoring this contest and providing not only the prizes, but also positive motivation throughout the contest duration.

New Products – Crank-Out Cantilever & Sheet Metal Rack

SJF is proud to announce two brand new up-and-coming products to our eStore:

Crank-Out Cantilever RackingCrank-Out Cantilever at SJF.com

Crank-Out Cantilever allows for easy overhead accessibility when storing and retrieving heavy bar stock, tube, pipe and more. With just a turn of a crank, the fully loaded arms extend all the way into the aisle for maximum loading and unloading ease of use.

Reduce:

  • Machine down time by placing a crank-out cantilever next to a saw, laser or other fabrication machinery
  • Man hours by eliminating a forklift driver when material change over is necessary
  • Aisle way space by being able to load and unload a crank-out cantilever with an overhead crane
  • Manufacturing floor space by utilizing vertical space and still gain access to multiple types of stock material
  • Potential injuries caused by man handling heavy stock material

Sheet Metal Storage Racking

Sheet Metal Storage RackingThe Sheetmaster 100 is perfect for fixture and sheet metal storage. Ideal for use with vacuum lifts, hoists, sheet lifts, magnets and forklifts.

Reduce…

  • Machine down time by placing a sheetmaster next to a sheer, laser, turret punch or other fabrication machinery
  • Man hours by eliminating a forklift driver when material change over is necessary
  • Aisle way space by being able to load and unload a sheetmaster with an overhead crane
  • Manufacturing floor space by utilizing vertical space and still gain access to multiple types of sheet material
  • Potential injuries caused by man handling heavy sheet products

Heavy Duty Shelves

With a standard rack height of 7 ft., units with 4 – 8 shelves have clearances ranging from 5 15/16″ – 15″

  • Shelves are of all-welded construction
  • Steel decking is optional
  • Shelves extend a full 100% with a 5,500 lb. load capacity, on 4 roller bearings

Contact SJF for more information on these new products at (320) 485-4974 or support@sjf.com.

SJF Honored at Minnesota’s Top 100 Companies Celebration

Earlier this year, SJF Material Handling received notice that it had been named one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2018 by Minnesota Business Magazine. The awards program and dinner honoring this year’s award recipients took place on Thursday, June 28 at the JW Marriott Minneapolis Mall of America.

Qualifications for the “100 Best” Award

To be awarded this honor, the following excerpt from Minnesota Business Magazine states:

Minnesota is known for being a great place to live and work, with top-notch companies in many industries headquartered here. Each year, these companies submit nominations for the 100 Best Companies to Work For Awards by Minnesota Business magazine. This award recognizes Minnesota’s top companies and, time after time, helps the winners attract key employees who make all the difference.

The “100 Best” were determined by the resulting scores of an anonymous online questionnaire filled out by the employees of each participating company — to determine which companies in Minnesota excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits, and overall employee happiness, making them the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

This is the 4th time SJF has been named to this prestigious list and we are very proud of the accomplishment!


SJF Material Handling Employees

Pictured from left: Denise Rosenau, Sam Sterner, Matt Johnson, Vance Haugen, Tom Moore, Justin Erkenbrack, Stafford Sterner, Frank Sterner, Eric Thovson.

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

SJF Named One of Minnesota’s “100 Best Companies”

SJF Material Handling is honored to be named to Minnesota Business Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2018. This is the 4th time SJF has been named to this prestigious list.

Qualifications for the “100 Best” Award From Minnesota Business Magazine

Minnesota is known for being a great place to live and work, with top-notch companies in many industries headquartered here. Each year, these companies submit nominations for the 100 Best Companies to Work For Awards by Minnesota Business magazine. This award recognizes Minnesota’s top companies and, time after time, helps the winners attract key employees who make all the difference.

The “100 Best” were determined by the resulting scores of an anonymous online questionnaire filled out by the employees of each participating company — to determine which companies in Minnesota excel in the areas of work environment, employee benefits, and overall employee happiness, making them the 100 Best Companies to Work For.

SJF will be honored in a celebration awards program and dinner on Thursday, June 28th at JW Marriott in Minneapolis.

Whatta Fish!

Tom Moore, SJF Solutions Specialist, recently caught this 17+ lb. Northern. That's quite a fish!

Tom Moore, SJF Solutions Specialist, recently caught this 17+ lb. Northern. Now that’s a fish!

Employee Spotlight – Ed Salonek

Ed Salonek, SJFToday in our Employee Spotlight is Ed Salonek, Controller and Human Resources Manager. Ed is a busy guy but always seems to have a smile on his face and something to joke about.

It’s not unusual to see him here in the office on a weekend or an evening and even then, he’s smiling. Having one full time position is enough for most people but Ed takes care of two departments, and important ones at that. I’m sure he wonders occasionally what he’s gotten himself into as Ed the HR Manager, but what keeps us on the straight and narrow is that we know he’s also Ed the Controller, who makes sure we get paid. 🙂


Name: Ed Salonek

Title: Controller and Human Resources Manager

Years at SJF: 11 years

What do you like most about working at SJF? I enjoy the mixture of accounting and programming\customization with Epicor.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Camping, watching Wild hockey, hunting with Mocha

What’s your favorite day? Saturday

Biggest pet peeve? Lazy people.

Name something about you, that people would be surprised to know: I like to work, got it from my parents.

Jerry Sterner Passes Away at 87 Years

Gerald "Jerry" Sterner

Jerry Sterner, 1930-2018

The Sterner family, along with the SJF Material Handling family, are deeply saddened to inform our clients, friends and partners of the passing of our founder, Gerald “Jerry” Sterner on Wednesday, January 10th at the age of 87. He passed shortly after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Jerry opened the business in 1979 as SJ&F Enterprises and was a very active participant in every facet of the business until his retirement, where he turned the reigns full-time over to his sons.

He was a huge sports fan and especially enjoyed watching the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was active in many community organizations prior to health problems. He also enjoyed extensive traveling all over the world with his wife Veronica, including The Holy Land.

Jerry was an excellent businessman and was generous and highly respected by his employees. There are many, many stories of his adventures still being shared at SJF, from driving misadventures to rolling up his sleeves and working right along with the employees. He will be greatly missed!

Service Arrangements

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 15, 2018, 11:00 AM at St. Victoria Catholic Church, 8228 Victoria Drive, Victoria, with Father Robert White presiding. The family will receive friends 10 – 11 AM at the church. The internment will be held at a later date at Holy Trinity Catholic Cemetery, Winsted.

Obituary

Gerald “Jerry” Joseph Sterner, age 87, of Victoria, MN, formerly of Winsted, MN, died Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Waconia Good Samaritan Society, Waconia, MN.

Jerry was born October 23, 1930 in New Germany, MN, to Frank and Anna (Schmidt) Sterner, one of 6 children. He graduated from Waconia High School in 1948. On June 20, 1953 he married Veronica Mallak at St. Adalbert’s Catholic Church in Silver Lake, MN. They had five sons, two which they lost in infancy. Jerry was proprietor of Sterner Lighting, Sterner Industries, and SJF Material Handling of Winsted, MN. He was a resident of Winsted before moving to Victoria, MN. Jerry was a member the Knights of Columbus, the Catholic Order of Foresters, Winsted American Legion, and St. Victoria Catholic Church. His catholic faith was very important to him. He always wanted his family to work together. He enjoyed sports, golf, fishing, hunting and being with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his infant sons, Gerald and Jerome, parents, and brothers, Leander and Joe.

Survivors include his loving wife, Veronica; sons, Stafford (Diane) of Bloomington, James (Paula) of Waconia, Frank (Paula) of Waconia; 7 grandchildren, Megan (Shaun) Boll, Caitlin (Ryan) Kiskis, Sam (Kelli) Sterner, Nicholas, Josh and Jesse Sterner, Scarlett (Logan) Barnes; 4 great grandchildren, Parker, Isla, William and Jack; sisters, Marie, Janet and Diane; other relatives and friends.

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