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Summer Fishing Contest Update – July Results

July's Winning Fish

July’s Winning Fish

The results are in for July.  Once again – Brian Springer takes first place with his 38-1/2″ King Salmon (approx 25 pounds).  What a beautiful fish – and congratulations again, Brian.

Hey, The Rest of the SJF Employees – Are you guys asleep?

Only Kidding…

We had some other entries this month as well, continue reading to see the photos.
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Featured Client: Biery Cheese

Biery Cheese has been in business for over 75 years, providing top quality cheese products to all facets of food markets.  Biery Cheese takes food safety very seriously – as they have to, being a a U.S.D.A., F.D.A., Kosher, Organic, and Military approved facility.  Located in Ohio, Biery Cheese proudly serves clients across the USA.

The project that Biery Cheese contacted us about was the expansion of a run of pallet racking to store some packaging materials (boxes, etc.)  SJF was able to find some recently purchased beams and supports that perfectly fit the bill.
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Company Barbecue – 6/28/2013

Ed & Eric (would you trust these guys with your food?)

Ed & Eric (would you trust these guys with your food?)

To kick off the summer, SJF held a company barbecue in the parking lot last week.  Hamburgers, Brats & Hot Dogs & even some Venison (Deer) were expertly grilled by our very own Eric Moen and Ed Salonek.

We even busted out our custom made SJF grill made from material handling components left over from various projects in the production shop.

All of the employees enjoyed their lunch and then played a little hoops before returning to work for the rest of the day.

Lowering Equipment Handling Costs

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

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

How To Know When Your Forklift Tires Need Replacement

The life of the tire on a forklift is a difficult one. A forklift does not have suspension, so the tires alone are responsible for softening the ride for the cargo and the employee driving the vehicle. Forklift tires will have to traverse over some truly rough terrain at your factory or worksite and on average they will carry more than 9600 pounds at one time. In addition to all of the stopping, turning, reversing and accelerating that the forklift will do, the tires take quite a beating.

This is why it is important to keep a close eye on the tires of your forklift and to replace them when needed. Driving with damaged tires can cause a lot of issues, because the wear on the tires will not be even and will cause the vehicle to become unstable. Also, when the tires are low this means that you run the risk of hitting a dock plate or running into debris on the floor. Furthermore, the damaged tires will contribute to the greater vibration of the forklift, which results in increased driver fatigue and also wears out the forklift faster. The worn out tires will also be more likely to shake and jolt on harder surfaces, which can make the driver lose control or cause the load to become unstable.


Signs of Worn Out Forklift Tires

Driving a forklift with worn out tires is dangerous, so here are some signs to look for that will let you know that you should replace the tires as soon as possible.

  • Take a look at the 50% wear line that is marked just above the tire size. If the top of the tire now meets the wear line, it is time to replace the tires.
  • Examine the surface of the tire. Have pieces of rubber started to fall off? This can be caused by debris and litter on the floor or by the forklift driving over rough surfaces. If chunks of rubber have fallen off the tires, this can cause the forklift to rattle and become unstable when you are driving it.
  • You might also notice tears in the surface of the tires, which is caused by debris on the floor of your workspace or by running the forklift over sharp machinery edges. If you see these, you should also replace the tires.
  • Another sign to look out for are flat spots, which occur when the forklift tires are spun during acceleration or when it performs frequent sharp turns under heavy loads. This can cause the truck to start shaking when it moves.
  • You should also watch out for tires that are under inflated or over inflated, as this can compromise their stability or accelerate the wear. Over inflated tires are more difficult to stop and under inflated tires make it challenging to turn the vehicle.
  • Also, you should keep an eye on the wear of the tire tread. If the tires have started to become bald, this is a sign that they need to be replaced.

If you are concerned about the status of your tires, you can always consult the services of a forklift specialist to take a look at them. They will be able to give you advice on whether or not the tires of your forklift fleet need replacing. If the tires are worn or damaged in any way, they will likely recommend replacement so that the vehicle will not only function better, but also be much safer for you and your employees to drive while you are on the job.

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Aki Hashimoto is a writer who believes that businesses who use heavy machinery and vehicles such as forklift trucks should consider the safety of their staff constantly. By monitoring and replacing forklift tyres when necessary, you will help to improve the safety of your business environment.

Photos from “100 Best” Dinner

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)

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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