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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 on your forklift 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.
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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

Steel Price Update – June 2013

While the US domestic scrap market appeared poised to weaken slightly in June, prices are now beginning to settle at prices that are sideways to slightly up in some regions.  As other cities, including Chicago and those in the East Coast, began to negotiate, it became evident that demand for busheling is stronger this month than it has been recently, and prices for prime scrap grades could even settle slightly higher in comparison to May.

As predicted, while mills try and push scrap prices down, if they are unable to secure their requirements, it would force a backlash from dealers and prices would reverse course.

Read the rest of the article on SteelOrbis.com

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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Featured Client: Gorman Company

Gorman Company was founded in 1939 as a plumbing supply business in Jacksonville, Florida. Since that time, Gorman has grown from one location, to a company consisting of over 35 locations.  Gorman’s product lines include supplies for plumbing, pool, and septic & well systems.

Gorman has come back to SJF several times and placed orders for wire mesh bins to hold plumbing supplies in a storage area of their facility.  They have found these bins to be useful in keeping PVC parts neatly stored, organized, and ready for use when needed.

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Featured Client: Vertellus

Vertellus‘s site in Zeeland, Michigan specializes in the manufacture of fine chemicals and custom manufacturing. Products produced here are used as intermediates for the pharmaceutical, personal care, and imaging industries as well as polymers for composite binders. Vertellus Zeeland ‘s technical expertise includes high-pressure catalytic hydrogenation, quaternization reactions and chiral resolution.
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New Product: Maximum Density Flow Rail

Maximum Density Flow Rail is designed to provide all of the benefits of traditional high-density pallet racking (drive-in, push-back, pallet flow) with none of the drawbacks. This flow rail system can easily store pallets up to 10 Deep!

Here are just a few of the benefits a maximum density flow rail system can provide you.

  • Can be installed/retrofitted on most existing racks & drive-in rack systems
  • No power necessary – No motors to maintain or batteries to charge.
  • No incline necessary – Not gravity feed. No rail incline needed.
  • Can be operated with a fork truck to store & retrieve pallets
  • Rails are Horizontal – Not angled or gravity fed
  • No flow rail brakes to adjust or troubleshoot
  • Each lane can hold a different product SKU
  • Rail is Maintenance Free and Rust Proof!
  • Can be used in low temperature environments
  • Easy to modify track length

Read more about this revolutionary new system & view photos and videos of its operation on our website.

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