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HOJ ENGINEERING AND SALES INC.
existing warehouse management system
(WMS). Several large warehouse operations use WOS in the latter manner for
e-commerce fulfillment. "We manage a
sector of business for these companies
where traditional warehouse management
systems don't do well," Hoj says. "We can
deploy into a variety of environments to
help our customers."
The idea for WOS came from HOJ Engineering's consulting team in response to
the concerns it had heard from several of
the company's customers.
Consulting services are at the core of
HOJ Engineering's offerings. Founded by
Tim Hoj's father, Henning Hoj, in 1964,
the company offers material-handling
solutions and products including forklifts,
conveyors, cranes, matting, work stations,
carts, safety netting, racking systems,
shelving and process controls. The company also offers services including forklift,
conveyor and aerial work platform training.
The company sells equipment from a
number of different vendors including
Nissan Forklifts and Hytrol Conveyor Co.,
each of which the company has worked
with for decades.
"Our consulting team is our first level of
contact with our customers," Tim Hoj says.
"After our consulting team helps clients
find a way to improve their processes, our
sales group will put packages together."
HOJ Engineering's customers include
manufacturers and warehouse operators
throughout its home state of Utah as well as
throughout the United States and internationally. The company's largest client base
is in service distribution and online order
fulfillment. HOJ Engineering also provides
systems and services to third-party logistics
providers who maintain warehouses and
distribution centers for manufacturers.
"We're proud to see our customers succeed by employing our tools to lower their
costs and gain efficiencies that help them
ship more products," Hoj says.
HOJ Engineering recently enhanced its ability to help its customers when it consolidated
its operations into a single, 50,000-squarefoot facility in Salt Lake City.
The new headquarters, which opened
in January, combines three parts departments that were previously located on the
same street, but in different buildings. The
new office also creates unity among employees through an open floor plan that
includes stand-up ergonomic desks.
"This office helps unify the whole brand
and creates a central place for employees
and customers," Hoj says. q
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