Ajax Again Earns Top 150 Workplace Honors

Ajax Again Earns Top 150 Workplace Honors

“Even today, with all that’s going on around us that we can’t control, our colleagues continue to make Ajax a great place to work.”
– Kent Djubek, Ajax President

“There are plenty of well-run companies here in Minnesota that are really good places to work.  Our Top 150 Workplaces recognition places us among them. We’re honored,” said Ajax President Kent Djubek.

“Although we’re not always perfect, neither are we satisfied with being average. Through a continuous effort to improve, we can unleash our potential as individuals and as a company. In that way, Ajax will remain a great place to work.”

Ajax is a Top 150 Workplace

Ajax is a Top 150 Workplace


Ajax has been recognized as a Star Tribune Top Workplaces company each year since 2014.

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Nearly 3,000 companies were invited to participate.

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

View the complete Top Workplaces list here.

Ajax Repeats As A MNSHARP Worksite

Ajax Repeats As A MNSHARP Worksite

Back in mid-February 2020, Ajax hosted members of the Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation (WSC) unit to renew the Ajax MNSHARP Worksite status.  As with previous years, the WSC visit focused on the type of improvements that make the Ajax workplace as safe as possible.

Ajax just received word that the 2020 renewal application was approved. Ajax is once again a MNSHARP Worksite. Mission accomplished!

“One lost-time injury is one too many,” said Ajax President Kent Djubek. “We’ve been a part of the MNSHARP program for many years. We’re willing to take extra time to make these continual improvements because we know they prevent injuries,” he said.  In 2019, Ajax was one of only 37 MNSHARP Worksites.

The Process

The Ajax Safety Team works directly with MNSHARP auditors to develop and implement the company’s written safety program. Key elements of this program include management leadership and employee involvement, allocation of resources to address safety issues, systems that identify and control workplace hazards, and a plan for employee safety training and education. The Ajax team then pursues an aggressive compliance work plan to make the program changes and improvements.


MNSHARP recognizes companies whose managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs that go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards, and result in immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses.

Incentives for participant companies include assistance from the department’s Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation (WSC) unit, public recognition for employers and employees, and exemption from Minnesota OSHA Compliance scheduled inspection lists.

To achieve this status, each company works together with WSC to develop and implement an effective written safety program. Key elements of this comprehensive program include management leadership and employee involvement; allocation of resources to address safety issues; systems that identify and control workplace hazards; and a plan for employee safety training and education.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), encourages employers to operate exemplary safety and health management systems by offering participation in recognition and exemption programs. MNSHARP is Minnesota’s version of that program.

Thanks and congratulations, Ajax Safety Team!

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.

Ajax Helps Uni-Systems Knock It Out of The Park

Ajax Helps Uni-Systems Knock It Out of The Park

Globe Life Field, the new Texas Rangers Major League Baseball park in Arlington, Texas, is complete and ready for play. Ajax Metal Forming Solutions provided high-strength low-alloy fabricated structural parts for the huge retractable roof atop the $1.1 billion facility, which can seat up to 40,300 fans for baseball games. Ajax was tapped by Uni-Systems of Minneapolis, Minnesota, to form bulb seal landing panels for the massive idler beams that help the huge roof move.

Uni-Systems is the leading provider of retractable roof systems in the United States. The company has designed, fabricated, and installed the most prominent retractable roofs on professional sports stadiums over the past decade, including those at Minute Maid Ballpark and Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas; Marlins Ballpark in Miami, Florida; Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana; Cowboys Stadium near Dallas, Texas; and University of Phoenix (Cardinals) Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Uni-Systems holds many patents for retractable roofing systems and more than any other company has advanced the engineering and technology related to kinetic architecture.

The 5.5-acre retractable roof at Globe Life Park features clear roof panels that allow natural light into the ballpark when closed.
At 1.7 million square feet, the massive Globe Life Field dwarfs the previous Texas Rangers stadium.

“It’s fun to be associated with such a high-profile construction project,” said Ajax Vice President of Sales Don Wellman.  “The engineering that goes into retractable roof systems is simply amazing. The size and scope of this project is hard to imagine until you see the photos of the completed stadium. We’re delighted to play a role.”

The retractable roof at Globe Life Field can close in about 15 minutes, a significant advantage in Arlington, where frequent rainstorms cause game delays.  Club management had previously cited weather as the reason Ranger game attendances were lower than that of other Major League Baseball teams.

FDA Approval!

FDA Approval!

Great news!

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for the “Coventor” ventilator prototype developed by the Bakken Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota.  Ajax worked directly with the project leaders at BMDC to produce enclosures for the prototype.

The FDA’s approval enables the project to move from prototype to finished product. Ajax colleagues are now forming enclosures for the manufacturer. About 1,400 units will be completed by early next week.

Our thanks go out to all the Ajax colleagues who have been putting in long hours to form and deliver parts for this emergency life-saving machine.

Some background on the project is here.

Press on, Ajax!