Changing Times During a Pandemic

Sales meeting during Covid-19
Our fearless sales team, from left to right: Tom Moore, Vance Haugen, Justin Erkenbrack, Kendal Kalamaha, Janae Witte, Jason Deiter, Rhonda Remer, Eric Thovson, Frank Sterner and Staff Sterner.

Our meetings at SJF are looking quite a bit different these days…

Due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, most of the office staff, including sales, worked remotely from their homes for almost 4 months. We’re happy to report that we were given the go-ahead to bring employees back into the office, but with important safety measures in place, including wearing masks and social distancing.

As a safety precaution, we’ve moved our sales meetings from the conference room, where everyone comfortably sat elbow-to-elbow, to the lunchroom. We’ve also conducted full company meetings in the shop area, where everyone can spread out safely. It’s been a bit of a change, but one that we know is important.

I think we’re all wondering how long this is going to last, or if it will become our “new normal.” But in the meantime, it sure is funny looking at people wearing masks all day and wondering if they are smiling underneath them!

Employee Spotlight – Tom Moore

Tom Moore, SJF Solutions Specialist
Tom Moore, SJF Solutions Specialist, recently caught this 17+ lb. Northern. That's quite a fish!

Today in our Employee Spotlight is Tom Moore, Sales & Solutions Specialist here at SJF. He’s been with SJF for several years, so he knows the material handling business inside and out.

Tom is a relatively quiet guy… until he has something to say. I think he likes to save his daily allowance of words for important stuff, not just random chatter.

Even though Tom isn’t a big talker, he is, however, well known around the office for his clever remarks and interesting theories. It’s not unusual to hear him say something that stops everyone in their tracks and cracks them up. He keeps us laughing, often when we least expect it!

There is one major exception and that is if you ask him about fishing. Then he’s got a wealth of information and things to say about one of Minnesotan’s favorite pastimes. He and his wife enjoy spending time on local lakes or at their cabin, enjoying nature in search of “the big one.


Name: Tom Moore

Title: Sales/Solutions Specialist

When did you start working at SJF? July, 2014

What do you like most about working at SJF? The people here at SJF. We have a great team!

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Fishing. If I am not at work, I am either fishing, planning to go fishing or thinking about fishing.

What’s your favorite day? Mondays. I’m ready to get back at it after the weekend.

Biggest pet peeve? Driving slow in the fast lane.

Name something about you that people would be surprised to know: I’m an open book so if you want to know something, just ask.

What question would you like to answer that you didn’t get asked? What’s my favorite lake to fish? Long Lake.

Congrats to the HLWW Track Teams!

Congratulations to the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Boys Track team for their outstanding 1st place win at the True Team Section 4A on Tuesday, May 7. Also snagging a 2nd place trophy was Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted’s Girls Track team at this same event.

We have two very proud parents in our SJF family that are especially enjoying the excitement of the win – Rhonda Remer and Jason Deiter, both in the Sales department.

Rhonda’s son, Remington (11th grade), and Jason’s son, Chase (8th grade), are members of the HLWW Track team and competed in this meet.

Congratulations Lakers!!

Employee Spotlight – Matt Johnson

Employee Spotlight - Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson, SJF EngineerAfter 14+ years, we finally decided to feature Matt Johnson, our resident SJF Engineer, in the SJF Spotlight. Matt is our Lead Engineer at SJF. He is involved in various stages of the sales cycle and is often called in to assist customers during and after product implementation. He also works with all departments and can definitely be called the “Go to Guy” for SJF.

Family is a priority for him. He has a wife, Alisa and two kids, Callen and Ella. In the summer, he does camping and family trips. In the winter you can find him back in his hockey skates while coaching his son. He’s also a football fan, although his loyalties don’t lie with the Minnesota Vikings but with the (gulp) Green Bay Packers. We’re working on forgiving him for that, however therapy may be required… 😉


Name: Matt Johnson

Title: Engineer

When did you start working at SJF? 2004

What do you like most about working at SJF? Every day is different. There are always new challenges.

What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at work? Spending time with family camping, fishing and skating or playing hockey.

What’s your favorite day? Friday. I look forward to the weekend.

Biggest pet peeve? When people don’t listen well enough to retain information. Or people who complain about something but are not part of the solution.

Name something about you that people would be surprised to know: I had hair down the middle of my back in Jr. High School.

What question would you like to answer that you didn’t get asked: Do you like being in the Spotlight? No. I don’t.

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