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Guest Post: Preventing Workplace Injuries

Today, we have an excellent guest post from our friend Tom Reddon from National Forklift Exchange.

Material handling can be a dangerous industry. More often than not, accidents occur due to the use of improper equipment for the job, or an insufficient amount of employee training. In fact, OSHA estimates that 78% of all workplace accidents occur in the material handling industry alone. That’s a hard number to swallow when you consider the potential harm facing your employees. So how can help your business avoid being the next victim of workplace injury? Here are some of the best ways to create a safe working environment for your personnel.
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Material Handling Myths, Monsters & Secrets

Hello, my name is Rhonda Remer, and being the newest addition to the SJF project sales team, I’d like to offer some inside perspective from the trenches. I have worked in online sales & support for 6 years and just recently started working in client project sales about four months ago. In my short time in direct sales, I have uncovered 2 simple truths. The first one, I had to learn. The second is a truth that I’d like my customers to learn.

First and foremost though, project sales is harder than it looks. And by hard, I mean time consuming. Don’t get me wrong, the lead opportunities are great at SJF. There’s no shortage of customer interest & quote requests. Whether it’s by phone or email, when I do speak with customers they don’t always know how to put into words what they envision in their minds. The back and forth translation of needs & wants takes a lot of time. There are days where I feel like a child on an Easter egg hunt with an eye patch and a broken hip. It’s not that we don’t have the equipment, (we have loads of equipment!) it’s just that with used equipment, having the exact material at the exact time a customer needs it can be a challenge.
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3 Rack Systems – Just Acquired

UPDATE – 3/26

NJ Rack System Shipping to Winsted, MN

NJ Rack System Shipping to Winsted, MN

 

The New Jersey Rack System is currently shipping to our Winsted, MN headquarters.  Many thousands of beams, uprights & rack accessories are available right now for shipment to your facility!

Call 800-598-5532 with inquiries about this pallet rack.

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Just Purchased – 3 Nice, Clean Pallet Rack Systems!

These are large systems of teardrop pallet racking – FOB NJ, NE and KS.

These systems represent quantities in excess of 9000 ea. 96″ Beams and 1500 Uprights (36″, 42″ & 44″D).  Styles include both Teardrop and T-Bolt.  These popular racks will not last long, and we encourage anybody interested to get them now before we have to freight them back to our central MN location.

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Online Flash Sale – 3/13/2013

SJF just posted the coupon code for Wednesday’s flash sale via the Industry Insider.  This sale features an additional 10% off any pallet rack starter or adder kits, wire decking, floor scales, hoppers, ladders and cantilever rack.

What’s the Industry Insider?
I thought you’d never ask!

The industry insider is SJF’s email distribution list that goes out on a semi-weekly basis.  In it, you’ll find notifications on the newest acquisitions made by SJF (many that are not posted online) coupons and discount codes (like the one for the flash sale) and news about SJF and other industry topics.

So if you missed this sale and you’d like to be notified of the next one, sign-up at the link below.  It’s free and you can unsubscribe at any time!

Sign up for the Insider Here

Featured Client: Central McGowan

Central McGowan, Inc. is a leading distributor of welding and industrial equipment, supplies, abrasives, safety equipment, automation and robotics. Serving industrial, medical, specialty, and beverage companies for over 60 years, Central McGowan maintains a commitment to provide high quality and cost effective solutions to clients in MN and beyond.

For several years, Central McGowan has relied on SJF  to prioritize efficiency and functionality in their ever evolving warehouse design. The latest project utilized a smaller floor space with higher ceilings. With less floor space, comes the challenge of keeping enough room between racks to operate a forklift while still getting the most storage out of the pallet rack system. SJF delivered uprights that fit the needs as well as assisting in planning a custom layout to optimize the space requirements. SJF also filled the order in a short amount of time by cutting down used beam material to make standard 8 foot beams that looked brand new, which also reduced the price.
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Featured Client: Modern Molding

Modern Molding, Inc. (MMI) of Delano, Minnesota, provides custom-made thermoplastic injection molded parts to the worldwide market with complete solutions for engineers, project managers, and purchasing agents. With unsurpassed technical support, Modern Molding helps manufacturers and engineers find the right solutions for any injection molding or tooling need.
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Featured Client: Tetra Pak

Tetra Pak is a multinational food packaging and food processing company of Swedish origin. Operating in more than 170 countries and with over 22,000 employees, Tetra Pak is currently the largest food packaging company in the world (measured in sales). The companies head offices are in Lund, Sweden and Lausanne, Switzerland.

Tetra Pak offers packaging solutions including  filling machines and processing solutions for dairy, beverages, cheese, ice-cream and prepared food.It’s products line include accumulators, cap applicators, conveyors, crate packers, film wrappers, line controllers, straw applicators and more.

Tetra Pak currently has 2 divisions in Winsted, MN. where they manufacture equipment for the company’s food processing operations. SJF has worked closely with Tetra Pak from it’s early days in the Winsted area. Over the years SJF has provided Tetra Pak with a wide range of equipment ranging from static cantilever & pallet racking to automated carousels, controls & automation software.
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New! Take a Virtual Tour of SJF

Virtual Tour Button

Look for this button on our site to take the tour!

Now you can go on a virtual tour of SJF Material Handling — right from your desktop computer.  We have just released a new feature to our website where clients can go on a virtual walk through the yard.  At this time, the tour encompasses only a few rows of our large inventory, but come this spring, there will be additional areas added – including the new buildings, the shop, indoor warehouse storage, and perhaps (if we have enough requests) the offices.

To take the tour, simply look for the image at right on our website (sjf.com).  Click on it and you’ll be able to use the arrows to walk up and down the rows and rows of rack components we have available for sale.

Are there any other corners of SJF you’d like to see on a tour? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

(Visit this link to find the tour button.)

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