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Lift Truck Extravaganza!

As part of the recent warehouse acquisition in South Carolina, SJF purchased over 25 great forklift trucks!

These trucks are all in excellent condition, have relatively low hours and can be used for a variety of warehouse tasks.  Below, find a summary of each lift truck type currently available, and links to them on the SJF.com website.

Bendi Swivel Front Forklifts

Bendi Swivel Front Forklifts

5 ea. available – Model B30
Quad Mast (204″/258″)
Additional Batteries & Chargers Available

$21,000 ea.

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2013 Reloaded

SJF’s 30+ Year Tradition Continues

This year’s annual Christmas Buffet & Awards event featured BBQ pork & beef with homemade corn bread, shrimp cocktail, desserts, craft beer and even some Serbian moonshine compliments of our installers in Chicago. 2013 proved to be a great year for the company as demonstrated by a record 6 member of the inside sales team qualifying for induction into the “million dollar club”.

Production

2013 marked a year where the production shop turned out great product in record time. Let’s face it … everyone wants it yesterday.
The yard crew also did an outstanding job pulling equipment and getting orders shipped accurately and on time. This was an amazing task on more than a few occasions to say the least. The office staff barely maintained their sanity in 2013 but rumor has it there is light at the end of the tunnel in 2o14. I for one will believe it when I see it.

Operations

Lori, Ed, Frank and the rest of the staff had their hands full in 2013 to put it mildly. Incorporating new technologies, changing processes, adding and learning new systems while continuing to process sales orders without delay or incident can prove rather challenging at the best of times. Not a feat for mere mortals – but they found a way to get it done. A great team effort by everyone here.
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New Upgrades Make a Safer More Efficient Workplace

Hello again, readers!

Today I’d like to tell you about some improvements we have going on at SJF’s headquarters in Winsted, MN.  These updates are part of an initiative to make the shop safer and production easier on the employees.  First, SJF is installing a brand new crane-way.  This overhead structure will allow workers to more easily move rack, conveyor and carousel projects around the shop easily.

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Featured Client: Permobil

Permobil has been a leader in the power wheelchair industry for more than 45 years. An innovative and sought-after company, their products are asked for by name and are well known for exceptional quality and reliability.  Permobil proudcts are trusted by therapists, prescribers, dealers and consumers world wide.

Permobil contacted Kendal Kalamaha at SJF last fall with a request to design a high-density storage system for their palletized power wheelchairs. These pallets were unique in that they were a european pallet size, and a bit lighter than is typical for American pallet loads. This meant that for a dynamic flow system, the braking would have to be custom tailored to the application.
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Featured Client: Marco

Marco, a 100% employee owned company, has been the leader in providing the Upper Midwest voice communications, data networking, and printer services since 1985.  Marco can plan, design, and install all components necessary for your voice, data, and printing networks.  With 33 locations spanning five states, their corporate headquarters was in need of a change.  Marco bought land and planned construction of a new warehouse and corporate office off I94 in St. Cloud, MN.

This facility was going to allow their two current warehouses in downtown St. Cloud to be consolidated into one.  Marco contacted SJF to assist with the planning and installation of their new warehouse.
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Featured Client: TTI Floor Care

TTI Floor Care shipping area prior to SJF involvement.

TTI Floor Care shipping area prior to SJF involvement.

TTI Floor Care is the national leader in innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction in floor care products. Their distribution centers in the Cleveland, Ohio area are home to three of the most powerful brands in floor care products, including Hoover, Dirt Devil, and Orek. In early 2013, Chris Hills of CLH Logistics in Ohio contacted SJF to assist with the reconfiguration of one distribution center in the Cleveland area. Housing both the Hoover and Dirt Devil brands, along with the replacement parts for both, more room and organization was needed. Their current set up consisted of shelving and floor stack pallets for the LTL and full load shipping areas. The remainder of the spare parts were stacked on the floor, sometimes seven deep and up to three high, yet every pallet was a different SKU. Pallets awaiting shipment also needed to be stored in such a way that the vacuum boxes would not be damaged prior to transport, a common problem when floor stacking.

Different options were discussed for the spare parts picking area. TTI was currently picking “eaches” for stock to repair centers, while considering a transition to “full case” picks. SJF needed to come up with a way to let “each” picks happen, while allowing the flexibility to transition to full case picking in the future. Discussion of pallet flow and carousels arose, but to keep within budget on the job, a simple multi-lane span track picking area was decided.
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Material Handling Sales Without a Net

It’s been a few months since we’ve heard from our newest sales recruit – In this post, Rhonda Remer checks in with some insights on her 9 month anniversary in Material Handling Sales.

Nine months is the typical gestation time of a baby.  On my 9 month anniversary in Solution Sales, I’m happy to announce that I’ve been blessed with a little “Bundle of Joy.” No – I’m not talking about the birth of an infant, but rather something new to me called Repeat Customers!

Just the other day I was very excited to open my email one morning to see an email that said, “Remember me? We need 100 more decks!
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Featured Client: GPM Inc.

GPM Inc, Headquartered in Duluth, MN makes use of SJF’s “Good-as-New” Cantilever Racks to store steel components (bar stock, pipes, etc.)  GPM manufactures and distributes the toughest, most reliable submersible and horizontal slurry pumps found anywhere in the world…and they’re located right here in Northern MN – who knew?

GPM called SJF because they were looking for a solution for organizing their extra building materials to get it off the ground and out of the way. They evaluated both new and used cantilever racks. Rhonda (their SJF Salesperson) took pictures of the used Monarch cantilever racks that we had on-site and sent them to GPM.  They liked what they saw, and were able to save around 40% off new prices on these used cantilever racks.

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