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Featured Client: Excel Industries

Excel Industries is a leading manufacturer of turf care products.  Excel Industries produces the Hustler Turf Equipment and BigDog Mower Company product lines in their single production facility in Hesston, Kansas.  As the producers of the first zero-turn mower in 1964, Excel Industries has a long history of turf equipment experience.  In late 2012 Excel Industries entered into the mass market arena with the introduction of the Raptor product line.

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Featured Client: Metro Mold and Design

Metro Mold and Design (MMD) is a Rogers, MN based, one stop shop for rapid mold manufacturing, custom plastic injection molding, thermoset plastic molding, extrusion blow molding, and precision CNC machining.  With an expanding operation, they contacted SJF in the fall of 2013 to assist in a layout and move into an new shipping warehouse.  MMD was at the time occupying and older warehouse with little lighting and low ceiling, and was planning a move to a newer building with a 32′ ceiling.

The plan was to install very narrow aisle (VNA) rack to max out warehouse space in the new building.  After discussing it with SJF, MMD decided on a different plan altogether.
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Featured Client: Putco

PUTCO is a world leader in Automotive Accessories such as Trim, Lighting, Mud Flaps and Step Bars.  Putco has literally thousands of products for all major makes and models of car and truck available in a nationwide dealer network. If you’re looking to spice up your ride, look no further than Putco.

When Putco contacted SJF, they were looking for a lot of racking at a savings. They needed to fill a new 127,000 sq. ft. facility so used equipment was definitely on their radar. SJF had just secured two large used inventories that could have filled PUTCO’s needs but with new pricing being very competitive and not subject to availability issues, they turned to new. SJF supplied new Mecalux Interlake Pallet Racks and MECO Cantilever racks as well as the installation while meeting PUTCO’s timeline and pricing requirements. Jason Deiter was the solutions specialist on this project.
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Featured Client: Uponor

Uponor is one of the world leaders in the production and development of plastic pipe systems.  With production units in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America, Uponor serves clients world wide providing radiant heating and fire safety systems for both commercial and residential use.

Over the last few months, Rhonda Remer has helped them procure multiple overhead air doors for use in their warehouses. This branch of Uponor is located in Mississauga, Ontario Canada and is just one of SJF’s many Canadian customers.  We’re glad we could help them keep out the cold Canadian air this winter!
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Featured Client: Cooper Standard

Cooper Standard is a leading global automotive supplier.  With solutions for everything from in the body sealing, fuel, brake and emissions, thermal management and anti-vibration and many other segments of the industry. Cooper Standard is committed to meeting the specific needs of customers through solving engineering challenges or developing systems for future vehicles.

SJF’s Jason Deiter supplied a mix of new Interlake/Mecalux Pallet Rack and used Interlake Cantilever Rack to meet Cooper Standard’s pricing and lead time needs. As you can see from the photos, the used cantilever racks look almost like new, yet we were able to supply them at over 60% savings off similar new material.
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Featured Client: Permobil

Permobil has been a leader in the power wheelchair industry for more than 45 years. An innovative and sought-after company, their products are asked for by name and are well known for exceptional quality and reliability.  Permobil proudcts are trusted by therapists, prescribers, dealers and consumers world wide.

Permobil contacted Kendal Kalamaha at SJF last fall with a request to design a high-density storage system for their palletized power wheelchairs. These pallets were unique in that they were a european pallet size, and a bit lighter than is typical for American pallet loads. This meant that for a dynamic flow system, the braking would have to be custom tailored to the application.
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Featured Client: Marco

Marco, a 100% employee owned company, has been the leader in providing the Upper Midwest voice communications, data networking, and printer services since 1985.  Marco can plan, design, and install all components necessary for your voice, data, and printing networks.  With 33 locations spanning five states, their corporate headquarters was in need of a change.  Marco bought land and planned construction of a new warehouse and corporate office off I94 in St. Cloud, MN.

This facility was going to allow their two current warehouses in downtown St. Cloud to be consolidated into one.  Marco contacted SJF to assist with the planning and installation of their new warehouse.
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Featured Client: TTI Floor Care

 

TTI Floor Care shipping area prior to SJF involvement.

TTI Floor Care shipping area prior to SJF involvement.

TTI Floor Care is the national leader in innovation, quality, and customer satisfaction in floor care products. Their distribution centers in the Cleveland, Ohio area are home to three of the most powerful brands in floor care products, including Hoover, Dirt Devil, and Orek. In early 2013, Chris Hills of CLH Logistics in Ohio contacted SJF to assist with the reconfiguration of one distribution center in the Cleveland area. Housing both the Hoover and Dirt Devil brands, along with the replacement parts for both, more room and organization was needed. Their current set up consisted of shelving and floor stack pallets for the LTL and full load shipping areas. The remainder of the spare parts were stacked on the floor, sometimes seven deep and up to three high, yet every pallet was a different SKU. Pallets awaiting shipment also needed to be stored in such a way that the vacuum boxes would not be damaged prior to transport, a common problem when floor stacking.

Different options were discussed for the spare parts picking area. TTI was currently picking “eaches” for stock to repair centers, while considering a transition to “full case” picks. SJF needed to come up with a way to let “each” picks happen, while allowing the flexibility to transition to full case picking in the future. Discussion of pallet flow and carousels arose, but to keep within budget on the job, a simple multi-lane span track picking area was decided.
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