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Lunchroom completed just in time for Chili Cook-off

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The 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 chili 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-long 5K Race

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It started 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 year’s 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’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.

Featured Client- Advantage Sign and Graphic Solutions

Advantage Sign and Graphic Solutions, a national leader in the sign and graphics industry for over 20 years, has been a client of SJF’s since 2011.  Recently, they went though a building expansion in one of their eleven national locations, and called on SJF for a quick turnaround to meet their needs.  Advantage Sign and Graphic Solutions is a top rated website with over 400 ratings and a 5 star rating.  This project and material was coordinated by Jason Deiter at SJF.  He can be reached at jdeiter@sjf.com.

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The new warehouse at Advantage Sign and Graphic Solutions.

Featured Client: United Mailing Services

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More than twenty years ago, United Mailing Services, Inc. (UMS) got its start in the owner’s basement. That was in 1989 when mail was sorted by hand. Since then UMS and the United States Postal Service have gone through many changes. By 1997 UMS expanded throughout the entire state of Wisconsin. Being a privately owned business which does work share with the United States Postal Service, UMS has become a leader in the automation industry.

UMS serves hundreds of clients, ranging from small local businesses to Fortune 500 companies throughout Wisconsin. In 2011 they expanded their business once again by offering high-speed digital color print to better serve the needs of their customers.

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SJF’s New Sweep Sorter

SJF engineer Matt Johnson & systems integrator Frank Sterner team up with SJF’s fabrication pros to create, fabricate and program a first-of-its-kind sweep sorter.

This is a very specialized piece of equipment capable of sorting hard to sort packages and bagged product (aka Halloween & other Costumes). This was specifically designed for a Minnesota client to quickly process and fill incoming sales orders quickly while minimizing errors.

This system will allow the company to vastly increase the number of orders they can process as well accommodate future growth and product demand.

 

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SJF Presents Rusty Iron Chef – French Toast

Our Friday morning cooking crew has returned with yet another gripping episode of Rusty Iron Chef. This time, Master Chef Vance Haugen and Sous Chef Jim Sinz put their talents to work making french toast and bacon for the hungry SJF office team.  As a bonus – Vance shares his special homemade syrup, and Jim teaches us how to make another delicious topping.  Will they pull it off?

Featured Client – Cameron’s Coffee

Cameron’s Coffee is a Minnesota based premium coffee roaster, with a unique roasting and packing plant made to deliver the freshest and smoothest coffee around.  Focusing on sustainable practices and minimal carbon footprint, they are a leading provider of coffee across the nation.

With all their roasting done locally in Minnesota, and with a boom in coffee drinking, Cameron’s was in need to consolidate and simplify their operations.  They contacted SJF to assist in a three phase move into a larger warehouse.  Three existing coffee storage warehouses were consolidated into the new larger warehouse, along with their display fabrication shop.

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SJF Presents – Rusty Iron Chef – Part 2

The saga continues…

Watch as Vance puts the finishing touches on the scrambled egg breakfast he made for the staff of SJF Material Handling.  Will Vance emerge as the next rusty Iron Chef??

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