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SJF Road Crew: Week in Review

The last two weeks started with a 14 hour day in Worthington, MN.  SJF recently purchased 540 pallet positions of Drive-in-Rack from a company located there.  Sam Sterner headed down in the morning to assist in the final teardown, banding, and loading of the components.  This is truck 1/2 for the day leaving loaded with uprights and rails for the system, headed straight to a customer in Fargo, ND.


The Worthington, MN shipment occurred on Wednesday, December 14.  Friday, December 16 and the following Monday were spent in Plymouth, MN installing pallet rack for a new Polaris Industries showroom.  The rack was set to allow display of ATVs and accessories for sale.



The week of 12/19 also had the arrival of several trucks from a recent purchase in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  These trucks came loaded with rack now available in stock in Winsted, MN.  A brief list includes-

48”x20′ Speedrack Uprights – 204 ea

108”x4” Speedrack Beams – 621 ea

96”x4” Speedrack Beams – 528 ea

48”x 20′  Teardrop Uprights – 40 ea

48”x52” Wire Deck – 653 ea

48”x46” Wire Deck – 747 ea

Many other items including many sizes Speed Rack uprights and beams, Teardrop Rack Uprights and beams, Sturdi-built, Palmer Shile, Ridge U Rack uprights and beams, and many other sizes of wire decking.  Call an SJF sales representative for more details!

The recent weeks also included the testing for SJF’s carousel software. The first run through should be up and running soon for our first customer here in the Twin Cities metro!  This is an exciting new venture in carousel controls, and can drastically improve efficiency in your carousel system.  The best part, it works with any and every carousel. Contact us today with more information on this new product!


Four days before Christmas, Sam Sterner headed to Rogers, MN to band up another recent purchase of Sturdibuilt pallet rack.  This included 144”x6” and 144”x3.5” Sturdi-Built beams, 48”x10′ Sturdi-Built uprights, and 144”x5” Teardrop beams.  These were brought right down the road to our stock in Winsted, MN.  These are very nice, heavy duty beams available now!


The month of January looks to be just as busy for us here at SJF.  Already in the works is truckloads of conveyor leaving Phoenix, AZ; three carousels we purchased in the Twin Cities; a large warehouse full of structural racking in Ohio; and many more projects around the country, so stay tuned!


Merry Christmas from SJF

SJF Christmas
Thank you everybody for your support this past year.
We hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday season.
Stafford, Jim & Frank Sterner – Owners
Craig Fasching, Jason Deiter, Marty Zitzloff, Eric Moen,
Kendal Kalamaha, Vance Haugen, Rich Cihak – Sales
Rhonda Schuler – Shipping/Online Orders
Lori Foster, Ed Salonek – Finance
Kent Powell – Marketing/Web Development
Matt Johnson – Engineering
…and the entire manufacturing, yard and shipping crew that make things happen

Steel Price Updates – December, 2011

US scrap market could be up $20/long ton in December

Steel BeamsSources in the US scrap market tell Steel Business Briefing to expect shredded scrap prices in December to be up at least $20/long ton, reversing a recent downward trend.

“It looks as if December will be up $20-30/l.t for all grades,” said one Mid-Atlantic region scrap dealer. “I don’t know why.”

S-based iron ore miner Cliffs Natural Resources announced Monday that it is cutting production at one of its five iron ore mines by nearly 50 percent, due to a major steelmaking customer shutting off a blast furnace for planned maintenance.

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Steel Price Updates – November, 2011

Steel BeamsScrap drop may not affect already lowered US plate pricing

The falling price of scrap may not lead to a further drop in the US price of plate, as the product has already steadily declined in price over the last six months.

The scrap benchmark price Nucor uses to set its raw material surcharge for longs and plate products dropped $30/long ton earlier this month. Nucor could raise its base price $30/short ton to offset the drop in the surcharge and keep prices flat.

Source: Steel Business Briefing

US scrap export prices to Turkey fall, but rise to the Far East

Turkish mills continue to pressure ex-US scrap prices lower, while scrap export prices from the US to the Far East are beginning to recover.

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Surplus Rack, Pallet Supports, Generators, Compressors

New Pallet Rack Purchases

Recently posted for sale on – available immediately.  FOB MN. (click pictures and links for sizes and prices)

T-Bolt Pallet Rack

Teardrop Pallet Rack

Speedrack Pallet Rack

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Steel, Copper Price Updates – 10/25/2011

Schnitzer: Scrap markets still active despite price decline

Steel BeamsWhile ferrous scrap markets have become “cautious” in recent weeks with prices falling, prices are still strong overall, believes Tamara Lundgren, ceo of US-based Schnitzer Steel Industries. She was speaking on a conference call yesterday to discuss the company’s quarterly results; the call was monitored by Steel Business Briefing.

“Our customers have a need for scrap but they are watching world events and keeping inventories low,” she said.


SDI execs see stable scrap market

Executives at minimill steelmaker Steel Dynamics Inc and scrap unit OmniSource say ferrous scrap will likely remain fairly stable this year, though they cautioned the scrap environment is still volatile and their outlook uncertain.

Speaking yesterday on a conference call to discuss third quarter results, Mark Millett, SDI president and coo, said he doesn’t anticipate any dramatic moves in scrap pricing unless there is an appreciable change in domestic steel mill utilization. The call was monitored by Steel Business Briefing.

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Safety Sensing Equipment

Safety Sensing Edges

Sensing Edges

SJF is proud to announce another new addition to our product family – Tapeswitch Sensing Products.

Tapeswitch is a leader in the safety sensing equipment field and provides a multitude of safety sensing products for all sorts of industrial applications including:

Pinch Protection, Obstruction Detection, Collision Sensing, Contact Sensing, Personnel Protection and much more…

These sensors can be used with conveyors, lift equipment, carousels, packaging equipment, or any other equipment that might present a safety hazard to employees.

Tapeswitch products not only include the sensing edge, but also incorporate a 4-wire fail safe controller. Here’s the principle behind the fail-safe system in each and every tapeswitch product:
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October’s Top 6 Picks – Equipment Bargains

Save Up To 85% on Featured Equipment
Direct from SJF’s Sales Specialists…

Don’t miss these “best-of-the-best” items hand-picked by SJF’s professional material handling equipment sales team. These guys are scouring our inventory on a daily basis to find those hidden jewels that they like to share with their best customers. Here we reveal their picks for the Best of the Best for October.

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