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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What does the automotive-related acronym TPMS stand for?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: In terms of Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN), what
does the acronym WMI stand for
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: World Manufacturer Identifier

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Nick G.

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JASPER Opens South Bend, Indiana, Branch

Jasper Engines and Transmissions has opened a new branch location in South Bend, Indiana.

The Branch is located at 3303 Williamson Richardson Ct, Suite 200, in South Bend.  The branch will receive four factory truck deliveries per week that will allow JASPER to increase customer service in this area.

“The territories within the South Bend branch were initially serviced by our Indianapolis, Chicago and Grand Rapids, Michigan, locations,” said Kevin Powell, JASPER National Operations Manager.  “We found a need to open a branch in South Bend because it will allow us to better serve our customers in that market with more days of service, earlier deliveries and faster core pickups.”

I am excited for the opportunity to offer the increased customer service, and the additional delivery days for our northern Indiana and southern Michigan Customers,” said Mike Smith, JASPER Regional Vice President.

The South Bend branch gives JASPER a total of 43 branch locations throughout the United States.

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A Christmas Luncheon of Epic Proportions

JET Christmas Luncheon
The “Full Meal Deal” Christmas Luncheon at the Jasper facility 12-10-14.

On Wednesday, December 10th the Jasper facility celebrated Christmas with a catered luncheon that left everyone’s belly full. One-inch smoked pork chops, mashed potatoes and gravy, an assortment of vegetables, rolls and chocolate brownies! The Crawford facility had their special lunch yesterday and the Willow facility celebrated last week. JASPER drew names for over $11,000 in cash prizes. This year, there were special gifts for everyone in attendance, a $25 Bass Pro Shops gift card and pocket planner!

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: In terms of Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN), what does the acronym
WMI stand for
?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: In 1955, Chrysler and what other company announced the
development and production of the world’s first all-transistor car radio
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Philco

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Danny S.

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: In 1955, Chrysler and what other company announced the development
and production of the world’s first all-transistor car radio
?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: Which US automaker offered the “Dial-A-Matic” memory
power seat
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Ford Motor Company

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

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JETT Demonstrates Philanthropy in Local Communities

Members of JETT (Jasper Endows Today and Tomorrow), met on November 6, for their second annual Granting Party. Four charities from Dubois County were represented at the evening event: Freedom Reins, Mentors for Youth, Anderson Woods, and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Two charities from Crawford County were represented at the evening event: Habitat for Humanity of Crawford County and Prevent Child Abuse of Crawford County. Each charitable group took about 10 minutes to educate the JETT members on their focus, who they serve and, if they receive this year’s grant, how they would use the money.  After the presentations, the members of JETT took time to weigh out the merits and possible outreach of the organizations and then took an anonymous vote. In the end, it was Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Habitat for Humanity of Crawford County who were awarded over $10,000 in grants to be used to better their organizations.

Habitat for Humanity of Crawford County was officially presented a check on November 25 at the Jasper Engines and Transmissions Crawford County facility. Reggie Timberlake, Habitat Director, accepted the check which was presented by several members of JETT. Habitat for Humanity of Crawford County is a locally run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged. Volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build Habitat houses. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor – “sweat equity” – into building their homes and the homes of others. Their mortgage payments go into a revolving Fund for Humanity that is used to build more houses. Members of JETT also volunteered a work team, for a day, in support of the project.

CASA was officially presented with a check on November 26 at the Jasper Engines and Transmissions corporate office in Jasper. Deeana Hubler, Director of CASA and Nicole Hurrle accepted the check which was presented by a number of JETT members. Court Appointed Special Advocates are community volunteers trained to represent the best interests of children who are part of the court system due to abuse or neglect. Court Appointed Special Advocates can make a huge difference in a child’s life during this uncertain time.

The JETT members are extremely proud to be able to offer grants to worthy organizations like CASA and Habitat for Humanity of Crawford County and are very thankful for the support shown to them by the upper level management at Jasper Engines and Transmissions. Mark Balsmeyer, one of the founding members of JETT, summed it up by saying, “What an amazing opportunity! Not only were we able to grant funds to CASA and Habitat for Humanity of Crawford County, but we were also able to put $6,500 into our JASPER endowment fund which will continue to grow so it can be used for future generations.”

About JASPER Endows Today and Tomorrow

JASPER Endows Today and Tomorrow was formed early in 2013 by a group of Jasper Engines and Transmissions Associates. The mission of JETT is to create a unique giving experience for the company’s Associates and their families in order to help them to gain a deeper understanding of the concept of philanthropy and how it can fit into the lives of practically everyone. The group has nearly doubled their membership, increasing from 29 members in 2013 to a roster of 50 in 2014.

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which US automaker offered the “Dial-A-Matic” memory power seat?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: Which American automaker produced the (full-size crossover
SUV)
Taurus X
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Ford

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: M. Read

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather for family, feasts and football. As we celebrate this year, let’s pause for a moment to reflect and give thanks for the truly important things in life. We all have a lot to be thankful for, however we must also remember those who are less fortunate.

We wish you safe travels and joyful times with family and friends this holiday weekend.

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Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano finished 3rd and 4th, respectively, in the NASCAR Chase, giving both a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission and a Differential places in the Top-4 finishes of the Championship run.

Congratulations to Kevin Harvick on winning the 2014 NASCAR Championship, as well as on a great racing season.

Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch finished 1st and 2nd, respectively in this weekend’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race. Both drivers were running the JASPER 4-Speed Transmission.

A recap of finishes from this weekend’s NASCAR Series races at Homestead-Miami Speedway follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series –Ford Ecoboost 400 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

3rd      Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
6th      Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
7th      Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
8th      Clint Bowyer (JASPER  4-Speed Transmission)
16th    Joey Logano (JASPER  Differential)
17th    Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
21st    Michael McDowell ((JASPER Differential)
23rd    Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
39th    Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Chase Championship Round

3rd Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
4th Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)

NASCAR Nationwide Series – Ford Ecoboost 300 – Homestead-Miami Speedway

1st      Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
2nd     Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
4th      Ryan Blaney (JASPER Differential)
8th      Brad Keselowski ((JASPER Differential)
9th      Elliott Sadler (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which American automaker produced the (full-size crossover SUV) Taurus X?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: What is the automotive term for angular displacement from
the vertical axis of the suspension of a steered wheel in an automobile, measured
in the longitudinal direction
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Caster Angle or Castor Angle

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Gail G.

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