Ajax Colleague Gives His Community A Hug

Ajax Colleague Gives His Community A Hug

Machinist Sean Rasmussen Helps Kickstart Diaper Drive For Minnesota Families

Add this to your vernacular: “Diaper Desert”.

As in, “there are no diapers on store shelves in my neighborhood”.

The one-two punch of COVID19-related shortages and riot-torn streets have left several neighborhoods in the Twin Cities without stores that carry baby care products. This presents an enormous challenge to parents and caregivers who now must travel outside their own neighborhoods to find diapers, wipes, formula, and other baby care necessities.

In response, Ajax Metal Forming Solutions colleague Sean Rasmussen and his friend Justin Michael, both of St. Cloud, Minnesota, have kickstarted Operation Diaper Drop with a goal of recruiting friends and co-workers to shop for diapers in suburban stores and then bring them to their workplace or other drop-off locations.  The Operation then collects the products and sends shipments to distribution centers all over Minneapolis and St Paul that serve families in devastated neighborhoods.

“I encourage everyone to find a way to help families in need,” Sean said. “There’s a lot of healing that needs to happen here in the Twin Cities, and serving others through Operation Diaper Drop is a great way to get started.”

Ajax provided 900 Huggies diapers to Operation Diaper Drop. “Ajax wants to be part of the solution,” said Ajax president Kent Djubek. “We’re very proud of Sean’s initiative and gladly support his effort.”

Thanks, Sean, for helping others and serving your community!  For drop-off locations and hours, visit the Operation Diaper Drop web site.

Curt Jasper Inducted Into Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor

Curt Jasper Inducted Into Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor

Ajax Human Resources Manager Courtney Mickelson and Director of Operations Curt Jasper shown at the company’s continuous improvement board.


Ajax Metal Forming Director of Operations Curt Jasper was inducted into the Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor on October 6, 2019 at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, Minnesota. The Court of Honor recognizes service members who have distinguished themselves during their military service and within their communities.

Curt has achieved the rank of Command Sargent Major, the highest enlisted rank in the United States Army.

“The Court of Honor is an inspirational achievement for everyone in the Minnesota National Guard – young and old, enlisted or commissioned,” said Col. Brian Melton, Camp Ripley Garrison Commander. “The exceptional example of service each inductee embodies has motivated us all for several decades and will well into the future.”

“Curt continues to make invaluable contributions to our company and his community,” said Ajax President Kent Djubek. “Our colleagues here at Ajax join Curt’s friends and family in celebrating this great honor.”

Forming A Citizen

Forming A Citizen

The path to American citizenship is neither fast nor easy.  It’s not supposed to be.  Find out how the Ajax HR department helped make an employee’s dream possible.

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Tooling Innovation Gets Tight Results

Tooling Innovation Gets Tight Results

Ajax was recently challenged with producing a four-nut backing plate for a refrigeration unit hinge. The company’s solution checks all the tight tolerance boxes.  The article gives you a view from the tool designer’s perspective. Includes Video.

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Erick Ajax Receives 2016 Skills Champion Award

Erick Ajax Receives 2016 Skills Champion Award

Erick Ajax, Co-Owner of EJ Ajax and Sons, received the National Skills Coalition 2016 Skills Champion Award for his outstanding work to ensure our country’s policymakers invest, aggressively and effectively, in the skills of America’s workers.

award-logo-skills-summitErick has worked with National Skills Coalition as an employer partner for a decade, serving on the original NSC Leadership Council. He is a founding member of Business Leaders United and currently serves on its Executive Committee. Erick has been an outstanding advocate for effective workforce policies, particularly those that leverage and build upon private sector investments, all while leading a successful company and sector partnership in Minnesota. E.J. Ajax invests over 5.5% of its annual payroll in employee education, and believes strongly in the value of employer-led partnerships to prepare workers for jobs within his industry. Erick is a founding board member of M-Powered, a Minnesota-based manufacturing sector partnership.

Over the last decade, Erick has helped to raise the visibility of the skills gap, sector partnerships, and the need for federal skills policy to be informed by small and mid-sized employers. In addition to seeding and informing dozens of media pieces locally and nationally over the years, he has successfully cultivated Senator Franken (D-MN) as a skills champion in Congress. He has hosted the Senator for site visits at M-Powered, engaged in joint press activities with the Senator, and was his guest at the State of the Union. Ultimately, Erick helped to inform the Senator’s Community College to Career Fund Act, which is based on the successful sector partnerships that he visited in Minnesota.

Each year, The National Skills Coalition’s annual Skills Champion Award recognizes a Coalition member whose exceptional organizing and advocacy efforts have moved the skills agenda forward in their state or in Washington, D.C. over the past year.  The winner embodies the Coalition’s mission to seek an America that grows its economy by investing in its people, so that every worker and every industry has the skills to compete and prosper.

Fall Newsletter

Fall Newsletter

The EJ Ajax fall newsletter is published!  Check out this issue, which features a profile of EJ Ajax Toolroom Lead Patt Patterson, plus our most recent award, event news, equipment news, and a message from Erick Ajax. (more…)