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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??

SJF Presents – Rusty Iron Chef – Part I

We recently thought it’d be fun to show you how our sales staff stays motivated on a Friday.  Our very own “Rusty Iron Chef” Vance Haugen hows us how to keep the troops happy and well-fed with his take on scrambled eggs.

This Friday tradition has been happening now for some time, and Vance, Jason and Jim decided to give it the “Iron Chef” treatment.  Watch now, as Vance begins to whip up some delicious breakfast for the SJF staff.
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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.

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Employee Spotlight – Vance Haugen

Vance HaugenWell, it’s finally happened – our employee spotlight has shone its beam into the deep and dark world of our sales department.  No matter the risk to body and soul, your intrepid reporter will brave this chasm of depravity and malfeasance* to bring you ever closer to understanding the people who make SJF tick.

Today, we get to meet Vance Haugen.  Vance would be considered one of the elder statesmen of the sales department, having been here for over 7 years.  Let’s learn a little more about Vance Haugen and what drives him to be one of SJF’s top-notch solutions specialists.

*It has been brought to my attention that not everybody would take this as the joke that it is.  I truly like and admire all of my coworkers, but it’s always fun to give them a bit of a hard time – especially the sales guys.


Name: Vance Haugen

Years at SJF: 7.25 years

What do you like most about working at SJF? Working with my Associates.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Golfing and spending time with my Grandchildren.

What’s your favorite day of the week? Friday.

Biggest Pet Peeve? When I’m supposed to be somewhere and other people are holding me up.

What is something about you, that people would be surprised to know? I enjoy cooking.

Focus on the positive

Today, we’re checking in again with Rhonda Remer.  Rhonda has been in sales for over a year and from time to time, we like to get her perspective on how her journey in material handling sales is coming along.

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In July, I was $2,000 shy of the coveted $100,000/month mark in sales.   It would have been my second time to hit the milestone. I was initially a bit deflated but then I decided to step back and look at things from a different perspective.  What have I learned?  How much progress in my new position have I actually made? I will focus on thePreview positive.

1: I have a lot more knowledge about material handling products than when I started this gig. I’ve sold many different kinds of conveyor, carton flow track, balers, cantilever, hoppers, safety equipment, totes and bins, and of course Pallet Racking and accessories. This leads right into…

2: My knowledge has value.  A good way to gauge this is when new people start in the department.   SJF recently hired three new Solutions Specialists – all with extensive sales experience.  It is refreshing for me to be able to transfer knowledge on equipment and internal processes, as opposed to being the one who is asking all the questions.    I realized that my Greenhorn status has changed – I’m no longer the ‘new gal.’
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