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New Product – Lift Products, Inc. Lift Tables

SJF is now representing Lift Products, Inc’s line of lift tables.  Lift Products is known in the industry as having a high-quality product.  They offer many models available in several sizes.  SJF currently has available online their light duty lift tables, medium duty lift tables, heavy duty lift tables as well as their popular Roto-Max work positioner.

All of Lift Product’s tables can be customized either in size or with optional add-ons.  For details, please call an SJF representative at 800-598-5532.

Check Out Lift Products, Inc. Lift Tables

Equipment Wanted – 6/4/2014

SJF is Currently looking for the following equipment in good condition.  We pay CASH for used equipment.

View our “Most Wanted” list & tell us about equipment you have for sale.

or contact Sam Sterner: 320-485-4970 or samsterner@sjf.com

(Please include photos, quantities, location & additional equipment details in your email. )
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SJF Employee Spotlight

Hello, readers!  We are going to try out something new today.  We have decided to take one of our employees and shine the spotlight on them so that you can better understand who we are and what makes us tick.  We also want to thank the incredible people we have working here who fill orders, load trucks, refurbish equipment, do paperwork, and all of the other messy jobs that come with running a successful material handling equipment company.

That said, our first Employee Spotlight falls on Shawn Heaver.

Shawn has been at SJF for 9 years.  He runs the day to day dock operations as well as works in the yard fulfilling orders from time to time.
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SJF is Hiring – Looking to Expand Inside Sales Division

SJF Material Handling Inc. in Winsted MN 55395 is looking to hire an experienced sales professional to join the company’s existing inside sales team at its Winsted Minnesota location.

This is an inside sales position based out of SJF’s headquarters in Winsted, MN. Work hours are 8-5 Monday – Friday.

Compensation is commissioned based, offering unlimited earning income potential for a highly motivated sales professional.

SJF Offers:

  • Aggressive commission based compensation, with no cap and unlimited earnings potential from day 1.
  • CRM, accounting, product and freight pricing software training
  • Matching 401 K
  • Medical and Dental Insurance
  • Flex spending plan
  • Vacation and Personal Time off accrual

Job Description

  • Service existing accounts, quote equipment, document, and process orders for fulfillment.
  • Service both new and existing accounts by providing product and pricing support.
  • Provide same day follow-up on all company provided leads and client requests.
  • Provide pricing and product information to new and existing customers who call by phone.
  • Provide all written documentation needed for order pricing, picking and processing to the fulfillment department for processing daily.

Read the Full Description on SJF’s Employment Page

SJF in Winsted Gives Employees Room to Grow

This article was originally published in the Herald Journal – Volume 95, Number 44.  The author and photographer is Starrla Cray.


What’s to like about working at SJF Material Handling in Winsted?

“Everything,” according to Marty Zitzloff, who has been with the company the past 24 years.

In both 2013 and 2014, Minnesota Business Magazine named SJF as one of the state’s 100 best companies to work for, based on an in-depth employee satisfaction survey. “We sort of break all the traditional rules of how business is run,” said president/sales manager Stafford Sterner, whose father, Gerald Sterner started the material handling company in 1979.

Employees are often promoted from within, and have the freedom to transition to different departments.

Zitzloff, for example, originally started at SJF as a welder.

“It was a lot of on-the-job training, and a few outside classes,” he recalled, adding that he later became the shop and yard supervisor.

Six years ago, Zitzloff decided to get into sales. He didn’t have any formal sales experience, but was familiar with the products SJF offers.

“Marty has had a lot of success here,” Stafford said. “We find opportunities for anyone who wants to apply themselves.”
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New Product – Kundel Cranes

SJF is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Kundel Cranes to offer their full  line of Kundel SnapTrac Cranes and other lift solutions  through both SJF’s  online store and accompanying  solutions sales division.

“Kundel Cranes has earned a reputation for providing one of the most cost-effective solutions for moving heavy material in the workplace” said SJF President Stafford Sterner.  Kundel crane systems are designed to be modular for easy expansion and reconfiguration. These bridge cranes feature an 8′ or 12′ bridge span and are available in several runway lengths. They can also provide custom bridge, or run lengths for any application.  In addition to their excellent structural track record, Kundel provides an internal electrical system option on their cranes that eliminates the pesky overhead wires of traditional bridge cranes.

SnapTrac cranes are easy to integrate into any work environment and are very easy to expand when needed. These kits come with everything you’ll need to erect a new bridge crane in less than a day. For more information and pricing on SJF’s lineup of Kundel lifting solutions view our bridge cranes online.

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Featured Client: Maglio Minnesota

Maglio Minnesota is an approximately 25,000sq.ft. produce wholesale facility located in Oakdale, MN. Maglio Minnesota, specializes in receiving raw produce from growers throughout the country and sanitizing, sorting, and packing that produce into finished usable product for customers and consumers.

Vance Haugen was initially called out to Maglio to take a look at one of their cooling rooms.  They wanted to look at expanding available storage space to manage the increasing number of product that they needed to store. Vance informed them about a new flow rack product we carry (ExGlobe High Density Horizontal Flow Rail) and they expressed some interest.  The manufacturer’s rep accompanied Vance on another meeting and Maglio liked the product.
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Featured Client: Metro Mold and Design

Metro Mold and Design (MMD) is a Rogers, MN based, one stop shop for rapid mold manufacturing, custom plastic injection molding, thermoset plastic molding, extrusion blow molding, and precision CNC machining.  With an expanding operation, they contacted SJF in the fall of 2013 to assist in a layout and move into an new shipping warehouse.  MMD was at the time occupying and older warehosue with little lighting and low cieling, and was planning a move to a newer building with a 32′ ceiling.

The plan was to install very narrow aisle (VNA) rack to max out warehouse space in the new building.  After discussing it with SJF, MMD decided on a different plan altogether.
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