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SJF Kicks off the New Year Fit as A Fiddle

February 28th concluded SJF’s 2 month Fit as a Fiddle contest.

11 eager and motivated participants entered, but in the end the overall results were mixed. Five individuals lost a total of 65 lbs. while 6 hapless souls actually gained weight.  (Really??)

Marty Zitzloff shed 22 pounds!

Marty Zitzloff shed 22 pounds!

On Feb 28th, Marty Zitzloff was officially announced the big winner.  Marty managed to shed a very impressive 22 lbs!

Marty generously purchased Subway sandwich gift cards for all the participants from his winnings. (What a guy!)

A special shout out has to be given to Rhonda Remer for spear-heading the contest.  Rhonda set the ground rules, collected money, attended the weigh-ins, calibrated the scales, and also policed any and all attempted cheating.

Thanks to everyone who ponied up and participated.

We’re looking forward to posting another challenge soon.

A year in the Life of Material Handling Sales

December 20th marked my 1 year anniversary in SJF fully commissioned sales.  I have to say – It was a year that flew by fast. I learned an enormous amount about our different product and service offerings and was introduced to the fast and furious world of fully commissioned sales.

At the end of the year, when all things were tallied, I’ll admit I was a bit deflated. Although my end of year grand total was nothing to sneeze at ($700K+), the monies earned weren’t where I was hoping they would be.  But to keep a little perspective, I still have a roof over my head and food in the fridge, so I decided to stay on course for year 2.

Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary

As luck would have it, in the very first month or 2014, I reached a personal sales goal of over $100K sold in one month.  This one winning month provided me hope, inspiration and a new drive to see what else I can accomplish in wild world of material handling sales.
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Featured Client: Putco

PUTCO is a world leader in Automotive Accessories such as Trim, Lighting, Mud Flaps and Step Bars.  Putco has literally thousands of products for all major makes and models of car and truck available in a nationwide dealer network. If you’re looking to spice up your ride, look no further than Putco.

When Putco contacted SJF, they were looking for a lot of racking at a savings. They needed to fill a new 127,000 sq. ft. facility so used equipment was definitely on their radar. SJF had just secured two large used inventories that could have filled PUTCO’s needs but with new pricing being very competitive and not subject to availability issues, they turned to new. SJF supplied new Mecalux Interlake Pallet Racks and MECO Cantilever racks as well as the installation while meeting PUTCO’s timeline and pricing requirements. Jason Deiter was the solutions specialist on this project.
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Featured Client: Uponor

Uponor is one of the world leaders in the production and development of plastic pipe systems.  With production units in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America, Uponor serves clients world wide providing radiant heating and fire safety systems for both commercial and residential use.

Over the last few months, Rhonda Remer has helped them procure multiple overhead air doors for use in their warehouses. This branch of Uponor is located in Mississauga, Ontario Canada and is just one of SJF’s many Canadian customers.  We’re glad we could help them keep out the cold Canadian air this winter!
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SJF Named to Supply Chain “Power 50” List

Over at Supply Chain Opz, they just released their “Power 50” list.  This list represents the most outstanding supply chain blogs and their contents. This list is curated based on an algorithm using social shares (tweets, likes, google+ mentions, etc) to determine the best of the best Supply Chain Blogs on the web for 2014.

Google +, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter

SJF is proud to be listed in such company as…

  • Penske
  • Bastian
  • Ryder
  • DC Velocity
  • and many more…

as one of the top influential blogs in the Supply Chain and Logistics industry.  Check out the rest of the list here.

Featured Client: Cooper Standard

Cooper Standard is a leading global automotive supplier.  With solutions for everything from in the body sealing, fuel, brake and emissions, thermal management and anti-vibration and many other segments of the industry. Cooper Standard is committed to meeting the specific needs of customers through solving engineering challenges or developing systems for future vehicles.

SJF’s Jason Deiter supplied a mix of new Interlake/Mecalux Pallet Rack and used Interlake Cantilever Rack to meet Cooper Standard’s pricing and lead time needs. As you can see from the photos, the used cantilever racks look almost like new, yet we were able to supply them at over 60% savings off similar new material.
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Featured Client: Dex Media

Dex Media is a marketing solutions leader trusted by more than 600,000 local business clients nationwide. Dex is committed to helping its clients create and grow their customer relationships by providing a customizable mix of marketing solutions that include websites, print, mobile, social media and search engine marketing.

When Dex Media was preparing a facility for new business and needed to retrofit existing racking with a roller track product, Jason Deiter at SJF answered the call. The result was adding 900+ lanes of Keneco Beam Track to existing structural rack framework. Special attention needed to be payed to the dimensions of the existing racking and the channel size of the beams so that the hangers and the Beam Track would install straight off the truck with no hassle.
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Huge Million Dollar Rack Sale in Progress

SJF today announced the completion of the 3rd major pallet rack tear down and removal project this week. In the past 60 days SJF has acquired, removed and shipped in excess of over 3000 pallet rack uprights and 40,000 used pallet rack beams from several large distribution centers spanning 3 different states.

Pallet Rack Uprights

A Field of Uprights

Since the 1st of the year, SJF has been on a pallet rack buying spree for its clients and for inventory. National acquisitions manager Sam Sterner has been traveling nonstop during January. Sam has been the go to man on all of the recent projects. He is personally overseeing the removal, banding, loading and transportation of all the equipment to SJF’s main warehouse facility in MN.

With another 25 trailer loads of equipment currently in transit to MN, the project was made even more challenging this week with temps dropping in the -25 below 0 range in Minnesota this week.

As 2014 gets under way, 42” uprights and 96″ beams continue to be in large demand from clients looking for good, clean, used warehouse storage racks. The recent acquisitions of these sizes position SJF as a key supplier in the national used pallet rack equipment market.

empty warehouse

Job Done!

With over 1 million dollars of good, clean rack in prime sizes arriving daily, the latest acquisition provides SJF the ability to service even the largest requests for used pallet rack material.

SJF prides itself as being the go to source for used material handling equipment in the USA today. Acquisitions like this cement SJF’s standing as the nation’s largest stocking distributor of used material handling equipment in the USA.

View more photos and pricing on this prime-sizes pallet rack on our Teardrop Pallet Rack page at SJF.com

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