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SJE Releases New Purpose Statement, Values

After over 15 years, local pump controls manufacturer SJE has released a new purpose statement and values. The goal was to simplify the values and make them more impactful for its 443 employees, about 240 of whom work in the Detroit Lakes headquarters. The new purpose statement is: “United as employee owners, we improve lives and positively impact communities around the world by providing exceptional control solutions.” Suckert highlighted the importance of corporate citizenship in the statement. Through the SJE Foundation and the Charitable Funds Committee, SJE’s employee owners help choose how they would like to make a positive impact on the community. SJE donates to many charities and events at its different locations, such as the United Way and the Heart Walk. She explained that SJE also generates wealth among its employee owners, which then spreads around the community. The values were released each day in videos that President and CEO Dave Thomas shared with the employee owners via email. These light-hearted videos took a different approach than simply explaining the values. Instead, the team responsible for the values release decided to create short cartoons featuring employee owners in theoretical situations that explain why each value is important. Thomas and Suckert both featured as cartoon versions of themselves. “This is a project that’s been in the works now for over a year, and these values have been chosen very carefully to reflect our evolution as a company, as well as our goals moving forward as we write the next chapter in the history of SJE,” said Thomas. The new values are unity, humility, agility, drive and ownership. Ownership in particular plays a unique part in SJE’s culture because the company is 100% employee owned. “As an employee owned company, we know that culture is really important and a big part of what makes a place great to work,” said Vice President of Human Resources Natasha Nodsle. “We currently have several positions open and hope that these new values really resonate with both current and future employees.” At the end of the week after all the videos were released, employee owners also received a backpack and mug with a corporate seal that had values logo printed on them. Between the videos and the employee gifts, the release was designed to be a fun kick-off to what will eventually become a long-term part of SJE’s culture. “We wanted to do something fun and different to really catch people’s attention with this release,” said digital designer Linda Norland, who filmed the videos. “Values can be such a critical part of company culture if taken to heart.”

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SJE celebrates grand opening of new facility in Ashland, OH

SJE held a Grand Opening Thursday, March 28, 2019, to celebrate the completion of their new 51,000 sq. ft. facility located in Ashland, Ohio. Over 60 visitors attended the event, which included a ribbon cutting, tours, product demos and refreshments. President & CEO Dave Thomas cut the ribbon outside the new building despite a sprinkling of rain. Afterwards, visitors went inside to look at the facility. Ashland employees offered tours of the new building and gave product demos. Persons in attendance included the mayor of Ashland, Matt Miller, as well as SJE’s business partners, building contractors and officials from the city and county. “This is a larger facility than we had previously and we’re all on one floor, which improves communication and collaboration, and just gives us a chance to continue to grow and expand,” Thomas said. “We’re anticipating significant growth in our panel products and we do a lot of panel manufacturing here in Ashland.” After the grand opening, an internal event was held for employees and their families. Employees had the opportunity to show their loved ones their new workspace. To end the fun, they used an overhead crane to break a bottle of champagne against the wall in the warehouse, christening the new building. The new facility is located at 2221 Ford Drive in the Ashland Business Park. SJE acquired CSI Controls in 2008 and manufactures products in Ashland for all three of its brands (CSI Controls, PRIMEX and SJE Rhombus). About 65 employees work at this branch. “The future is bright for this location, for the employees here,” Thomas said. “We’ve invested a lot in making this a permanent home for us.”

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CSI Controls Introduces CSION™ Indoor Alarm System

CSI Controls® introduces the CSION™ indoor alarm system, a sleek new alarm featuring a modern design and easy installation. This new alarm helps protect homes from potentially costly damage due to flooding, pump failure or freezing pipes and is perfect for any homeowner. When the tank level rises, the high-water float activates the alarm (audible and visual) to alert the homeowner of potentially threatening liquid level conditions. The sleek design of the CSION™ alarm incorporates an LED alarm light ring that illuminates red for alarm one and amber for alarm two. Two sensor inputs allow users the flexibility to choose which separate liquid level conditions to monitor. The alarm features a large, easy-to-use test/silence button located conveniently on the front of the enclosure. Simply press to test or silence the alarm. The light ring will stay illuminated as long as the alarm condition exists. The CSION™ also monitors low temperature conditions. When the temperature drops below 40°F (4°C), the low temperature indicator LED turns from green to red and the alarm sounds to alert the homeowner of the condition. This function can be disabled in cold climates. The “Power On” LED indicator light illuminates green for primary power, amber for battery backup and red when battery backup is low. The alarm will chirp when the battery is low. In addition, the CSION™ includes auxiliary contacts for attachment of remote devices and has an automatic alarm reset. The switching mechanism operates on low voltage and is isolated from the power line to reduce the possibility of shock. The complete package includes a standard Control Duty Narrow Angle Low Current Mechanical Float control switch. The CSION™ is CSA Certified and covered by CSI Controls’ three-year limited warranty.

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SJE’s new Ohio facility opens for business

After 9 months of construction, SJE’s new facility in Ashland, Ohio, is officially open. About 67 employees work at the new facility, which is located 2 miles north of the old location at 2221 Ford Drive. “We are excited to finally be in our new Ashland location.  It is a great example of the commitment we have made to our team and the Ashland community,” CEO and President Dave Thomas said. “The new location, in combination with our other SJE facilities, will support our plans to continue the fantastic level of growth we have seen in recent years.  More importantly, it will enable SJE to improve efficiency, quality, and service as we strive to provide an exceptional customer experience.” The new 51,000 square foot manufacturing facility was designed by Patrick Blees, AIA, principal of C.M. Architecture and built by local general contractor Simonson Construction Services. Blees worked with SJE leadership to create a building that would enhance all aspects of SJE’s operations and support the company’s commitment to their customers, employees and the community. “The fact that SJE is an employee-owned company added tremendous energy and value to the design process because everyone cared so much about optimizing the work environment for the SJE teams,” Blees said. Located in the Ashland Business Park, the new facility was built to replace an older building with an outdated, multi-level work environment. Both time and energy efficiency were a factor in the design, as well as creating a modern look. “Guided by SJE’s focus on innovation, we enhanced the traditional square manufacturing ‘box’ in favor of a striking modern building with abundant natural light, energy-efficient HVAC systems, manufacturing production areas on a single floor, collaborative work spaces and numerous employee amenities,” Blees said. SJE will host a grand opening celebration at the new location on March 28, 2019.

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SJE moves into new St. Petersburg, Florida, location

SJE recently moved their Florida office to a new building in St. Petersburg. The new building is over 80% larger, providing much needed space for growth. “The old building was very small and the panel building area just wasn’t big enough for our future growth,” Mark Santarossa, Location Manager, said. “Our production running through this office is increasing and we now have the space to invest and expand.” The new facility has 17,500 square feet, bringing the production space up to over 10,000 square feet. This allows extra room for growth in the panel building area. Other benefits of the new building include a one-level layout, better employee common areas, and a conference room. The new building address is 10040 18TH St. N, Suite #1, St. Petersburg, FL 33716. It is about a 6-mile drive southeast from the old location. SJE is a leading water/wastewater controls solutions provider and systems integrator with over 40 years of expertise. SJE markets three brands—SJE Rhombus, CSI Controls, and Primex—that deliver industry-leading pump controls for a wide range of residential, commercial, municipal, and industrial applications. With corporate headquarters located in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, SJE does business globally from eight locations across the United States and Asia. SJE is a 100% employee-owned, privately held company and was named the 2017 Employee Owned Company of the Year. To learn more, visit

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