0

Automotive Trivia

friddle-t-shirt

Friddle: Which division of GM offered the Regal Grand National?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which Japanese automotive brand offers the Frontier
pickup truck
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Nissan

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Troy H.

Filed under The Friddle
0

Retirement Photo 7-18-14

At left: 34-year Associate Tom Schrader, VP of Marketing; At right: 47-year Associate Gary Burress, Authentic Division, Engine Builder.

This week at JASPER, we celebrate the careers of two valued longtime Associates, VP of Marketing and Strategic Planning, Tom Schrader and Authentic Division, Engine Builder Gary Burress.

Tom started with JASPER in 1980 as an Outside Sales Representative. As the story goes, Tom showed up at JASPER founder and then President, Alvin C. Ruxer’s house on Christmas Eve inquiring about a sales job. Mr. Ruxer was so impressed with Tom, he called present-day CEO and Chairman of the Board, Doug Bawel and said, “get over here, there’s this guy at my house that I want you to meet, he said that he wants to be a salesman for us.” The rest is history, over the years Tom introduced JASPER to new industries and established numerous customer relationships as he oversaw the Marketing and Inside Sales Divisions.

In 1967, high-school graduate Gary Burress began his career at JASPER running parts. He became an engine builder and later became a builder for the JASPER Authentic Division. Gary has shared his wealth of knowledge building “the antiques” with the next generation of builders as he looks forward to his retirement. I had a chance to document one of Gary’s final builds this week and during that process I asked him, “how do you know to do that?” He responded with a smile, “47-years of experience, that’s how! – I’m having fun!”

In both Tom and Gary’s word’s of farewell, they shared their excitement for JASPER’s future endeavors and why we should all take advantage of the 401K and other great benefits JASPER has to offer.

 

 

Filed under Jasper Events

It was another great Fourth of July weekend for JASPER Race Products in Daytona. Michael Waltrip Racing driver Brian Vickers, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, came in second in the holiday weekend Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. Denny Hamlin and Clint Bowyer, both running JASPER 4-Speed Transmissions finished sixth and ninth respectively.

A recap of finishes for JASPER 4-Speed Transmissions and Differentials follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Coke Zero 400 presented by Coca-Cola – Daytona International Speedway

2nd    Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
6th     Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
9th     Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
15th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
17th   Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
18th   Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
19th   Michael Waltrip (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
20th   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
28th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings

4th     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
5th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
6th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
9th     Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
12th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
14th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
16th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
26th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
38th   Michael McDowell (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Nationwide Series – Subway Firecracker 250 presented by Coca-Cola – Daytona International Speedway

6th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
7th     Darrell Wallace, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
17th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
21st   Elliott Sadler (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

Filed under Race Report
0

Automotive Trivia

friddle-t-shirt

Friddle: Which Japanese automotive brand offers the Frontier pickup truck?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: PCA is an acronym for which North American car club?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Porsche Club of America

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: CJ C.

Filed under The Friddle
0

Automotive Trivia

friddle-t-shirt

Friddle: PCA is an acronym for which North American car club?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Who drove the first pace car in automobile racing history?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Carl G. Fisher

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Joyce K.

Filed under The Friddle

Brad Keselowski, starting from the pole position, took the win at Kentucky Speedway running a JASPER Differential. This was Keselowski’s second win at the Kentucky track in three years, and it guarantees him a spot in the Chase. Keselowski also started from the pole in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race and finished second. Kyle Busch, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, finished second and third respectively in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races.

A recap of finishes for JASPER 4-Speed Transmissions and Differentials follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts – Kentucky Speedway

1st     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
2nd    Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
4th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
9th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
19th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
23rd   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
26th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
42nd  Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings

4th     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
5th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
7th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
10th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
14th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
17th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
19th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
25th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
39th   Michael McDowell (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Nationwide Series – John R. Elliott HERO Campaign 300 presented by Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over – Kentucky Speedway

2nd    Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
3rd     Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
5th     Ryan Blaney (JASPER Differential)
10th   Elliott Sadler (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
36th   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

Filed under Race Report
0

Fundraiser is a Sweet Success

2014 Pie in the Eye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thumbs up from third-place contestant Sara Schmidt

Today marked the finale of the Jasper Engines Team #77′s sixth annual Pie in the Eye fundraiser. As in the past, this event took place at high noon in the Jasper facility’s north parking lot. JASPER Associates paid a quarter per vote to see their favorite three of twelve participants get a “pie in the eye.” For the second year in a row, the Indiana Tool and Die division provided the number one pick.

Chris Hochgesang was voted as this year’s grand champion, followed by Michael Lamkin of the Sales Department and rounding out third was Sara Schmidt, the Transmission Division Manager. There was even an independent competition within the fundraiser between Maria Ramirez and Josh Budd for a forth pie. This two-week event raised a grand total of $1,674 for the Dubois County Relay for Life, a good start for their $15,000 goal. Thanks to all who participated and donated to this worthy cause.

Filed under Jasper Events
0

Automotive Trivia

friddle-t-shirt

Friddle: Who drove the first pace car in automobile racing history?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What automotive brand has offered the YJ, TJ and now
the JK
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Jeep

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Ted N.

Filed under The Friddle
0

Automotive Trivia

friddle-t-shirt

Friddle: What automotive brand has offered the YJ, TJ and now the JK?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: In which U.S. city is JASPER’s eastern-most branch
located
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: (Boston Branch) Southborough, MA – longitude
(-71.57226100000003)

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Filed under The Friddle

POD305

Jasper Engines and Transmissions has expanded its Gas Engine Remanufacturing Division within the Jasper, Indiana, facility.

The Jasper facility utilized four remanufacturing lines (called PODs) in which an engine went from a core, to a finished product, within one remanufacturing unit.  Each POD has specific engine families that it remanufactures.  This allows each POD to become specialized with those engine families, which helps JASPER produce a quality product and produce it more efficiently.

The need for a fifth POD was realized as early as November, 2013, as increased sales of JASPER remanufactured Ford modular engines (4.6L and 5.4L Triton V8 and 6.8L V10) exceeded the Gas Engine Division’s maximum production. “We were selling 28 units per day at the start of the year,” said Randy Bauer, Jasper Facility Gas Division Manager.  “We’re currently averaging 33 sales per day of these units.”

“We were spending a considerable amount of overtime to produce these units,” Bauer said. “With this engine family remanufactured in a separate POD, we’ll reduce the amount of overtime that our Associates are working, and at the same time improve the ergonomic part of their work.”

The new POD, named POD 305, began gas engine remanufacturing on June 1st after months of development, and the relocation of JASPER’s Differential Division.  A team of Associates handles engine remanufacturing duties within five areas: disassembly, prep and repair, head machining, block machining and assembly/testing.

This POD expands on an open concept method used in other areas within the Gas Division.  “We had open floor space available to configure each department in a U-shaped design,” said Bauer.  “We found this design to be very successful in the disassembly and assembly areas in our other PODS, so it was used in each area of 305, said Bauer.”

“The U-shaped design gives Associates more room to work, and it’s more visible and manageable for Team Leaders to check in on progress,” he said.  “This is in contrast with areas in our existing PODS that utilize a linear form of remanufacturing, where work space is at a premium.”

The open concept of POD 305 also allows customers to see what happens while they are on tour.  “The linear fashion of the old-style PODs is very cramped, and it’s hard to get tours to view the processes,” Bauer said.  “With POD 305, customers will be able to see from the aisle way, looking into the area, and get a much better view of the quality of our product.”

With the formation of the Power Drive Transmission facility later this year, the Gas Division is anticipating additional floor space within the Jasper Facility to transform their existing PODs in a similar fashion.

For more information on the complete line of remanufactured gas engines from Jasper Engines & Transmissions, please call 800-827-7455.