Lowering Equipment Handling Costs

Forklift

A business has to strike a balance between providing good quality service with proper investment and keeping costs low in order to make a profit. With rising costs, the challenge of maintaining this balance is becoming increasingly more difficult. With respect to handling of material, this is generally seen as consuming the most time in unproductive practices and take up approximately 40% of the staff’s efforts in the field. To deal with this and ensure timely and high quality installations, there are a few things that ought to be managed well.

Choose the correct equipment

Choosing the correct equipment goes a long way in reducing costs. Often, the same equipment is used to manage very different jobs, and in many cases this equipment may not be very appropriate for some of those jobs. This reduces the efficiency of work, so it is always better to invest in the correct equipment for the work undertaken. It must also be kept in mind that using certain equipment for purposes which it is not meant for can reduce its life and end up in loss in the long run.

Licenses

Licenses are required for the usage and handling of different equipment, especially in an industrial environment. There can be stringent checks, especially for heavy duty equipment such as cherry pickers or forklifts, where a License to Perform High Risk Work is mandatory. If the license is found lacking or outdated, then heavy fines can be imposed on the operator and the business. This being the case, equipment is often kept unused and the staff not working while waiting for these licenses. It would be beneficial to have staff complete the necessary license training and assessments ahead of time so the license is in hand by the time work starts..

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Summer Fishing Contest Update – 6/19/2013

Catch & Release-update
Brian Springer
Brian Springer

Currently, stage 1 of the employee Fishing contest  is winding down fast.

As of June 19, Brian Springer’s  15 3/8″ Crappie entry takes the lead with only 12 days remaining in June.

SJF’s fishing contest winners win prizes, raise money for charity and bragging rights to boot!

Keep up with the results and view photos of employees and their entries at this blog:

http://www.sjf.com/blog/tag/fishing2013

15-3/8" Crappie
15-3/8″ Crappie Caught by Brian Springer

Photos from “100 Best” Dinner

MN Business Magazine 100 Best Companies to Work for in MN - 2013

As mentioned before in this blog SJF was nominated as one of the 100 best companies to work for in MN by MN Business Magazine.  This past Thursday night, the dinner and awards ceremony was held at The Depot in downtown Minneapolis.

Several of SJF’s employees enjoyed an evening of food, drinks, and excellent conversation as well as a very nice slideshow put together by MN Business Magazine.

Once again, SJF management would like to thank all of our employees for making this possible.

Enjoy the Photos!

Photos from 100 Best Dinner

Summer Fishing Contest (2013)

Catch & Release Contest

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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Featured Client: Gorman Company

Featured Client - Gorman Company

Gorman Company was founded in 1939 as a plumbing supply business in Jacksonville, Florida. Since that time, Gorman has grown from one location, to a company consisting of over 35 locations.  Gorman’s product lines include supplies for plumbing, pool, and septic & well systems.

Gorman has come back to SJF several times and placed orders for wire mesh bins to hold plumbing supplies in a storage area of their facility.  They have found these bins to be useful in keeping PVC parts neatly stored, organized, and ready for use when needed.

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Featured Client: Vertellus

Pallet Rack System

Vertellus‘s site in Zeeland, Michigan specializes in the manufacture of fine chemicals and custom manufacturing. Products produced here are used as intermediates for the pharmaceutical, personal care, and imaging industries as well as polymers for composite binders. Vertellus Zeeland ‘s technical expertise includes high-pressure catalytic hydrogenation, quaternization reactions and chiral resolution.

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Featured Client: Kelly-Moss Motorsports

Kelly-Moss Motorsports Racking

Kelly-Moss Motorsports offers maintenance, performance tuning and enhancement, parts sales and much more to race teams all across the USA.  Kelly-Moss is a complete full service auto facility, working on both customer race cars and general automotive maintenance in their street shop.  The complex also houses the Level Five Motorsports racing team. With over 22 years of experience with all major car brands, Kelly-Moss is proud to make racers’ dreams come true.

Kelly-Moss utilizes SJF’s pallet racking to store and organize cars for clients, keeping them professionally maintained in their new 50,000 square foot facility, located just hours from Chicago and Milwaukee.

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SJF is honored to help Kelly-Moss store these beautiful cars safely and efficiently.

SJF Among 100 Best Companies to Work for in MN

MN Business 100 Best Businesses to Work For in 2013

SJF is honored to be named on the 100 Best Companies to Work for in MN for 2013.  This list is compiled by Minnesota Business Magazine based out of Minneapolis, MN.

About the Nomination (From MN Business Magazine)

[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.

There will be an award ceremony to honor all of the companies on the list on Thursday, June 6th.

Thanks, MN Business Magazine and thank you SJF employees for making this possible!

You can view the full list of nominees here.

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