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This article was originally published in the Herald Journal – Volume 95, Number 44. The author and photographer is Starrla Cray.
What’s to like about working at SJF Material Handling in Winsted?
“Everything,” according to Marty Zitzloff, who has been with the company the past 24 years.
In both 2013 and 2014, Minnesota Business Magazine named SJF as one of the state’s 100 best companies to work for, based on an in-depth employee satisfaction survey. “We sort of break all the traditional rules of how business is run,” said president/sales manager Stafford Sterner, whose father, Gerald Sterner started the material handling company in 1979.
Employees are often promoted from within, and have the freedom to transition to different departments.
Zitzloff, for example, originally started at SJF as a welder.
“It was a lot of on-the-job training, and a few outside classes,” he recalled, adding that he later became the shop and yard supervisor.
Six years ago, Zitzloff decided to get into sales. He didn’t have any formal sales experience, but was familiar with the products SJF offers.
“Marty has had a lot of success here,” Stafford said. “We find opportunities for anyone who wants to apply themselves.”