Steve Jobs famously said, “I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” While most of us would think twice about going to work on our last day on Earth, the quote is a testament to the importance of making sure that, if you’re going to spend half or more of your waking hours doing something, you enjoy a sense of fulfillment and have some fun along the way.


At AK, making sure we enjoy what we’re doing each day is an ideology that’s deeply rooted in the company culture. It’s no secret happy people are more effective, and a persistent positive outlook has played a major role in the success we’ve been fortunate enough to experience as an organization. That’s why it’s with both excitement and humility that we announce AK Material Handling Systems’ recognition as a 2016 Minnesota Business magazine Top 100 Company to Work For. 2016 marks the fifth consecutive year we’ve had the honor of receiving the award, so it felt appropriate to reflect on the values that have been cultivated at AK throughout the years by letting members of the organization express their own experiences as parts of the AK Material Handling Systems culture and what they think makes AK a great place to work.

“I’m proud to work for a company who truly cares about their team members and works to provide a company culture that integrates our multi-generational workforce. We strive to consistently work as a team where no one is left behind. This creates an environment where we want to come to work everyday!” – Linda Anlauf – Pallet Rack Specialist

“Leading a company that has made the Top 100 Companies to work for provides some of the most rewarding and very proud moments I have throughout the year. What is even more rewarding, and what I am truly passionate about is our employees and being able to help each and every one of them grow personally and professionally. I lead a really fun and cool group of individuals, and we build off each others’ strengths and weaknesses, and we work hard so that we can have fun doing it. Seeing our employees setting and exceeding their goals, and being an integral part of this success is simply awesome. Our energy and enthusiasm is contagious, and everyone is left wanting more. That is what gives me the passion to invest in each employee — because we care and we give back. That’s when our culture is at it’s best.” – Josh Smith – Director of Sales and Operations

“We are a growing company year by year. We have many obstacles to over come year by year. And year by year we make and set new goals to grow and better ourselves to make this a great company!” – James Jungbauer – Lead Warehouse Specialist

“The company culture of AK represents positive motion moving forward. Selling our products and services is only one part of the bigger picture of taking care of our people and their families and contributing to the greater community.” – Al Boston – CEO and Owner

Thank you to all of the people who help make AK Material Handling Systems the great place to work that it is. From employees to management, family and friends to industry partners, it is truly a team effort, and one that we plan on continuing in the years to come.

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About AK Material Handling Systems

We deliver value to our customers by providing the absolute best combination of quality products, helpful customer service and competitive pricing. We specialize in warehouse layout & design, pallet rack systems, engineered sales, mezzaninesmodular offices and completed turn-key warehouse systems. For more information email us or call (800) 722-5908