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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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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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Gobble, Gobble, it’s Turkey Time

2014 JASPER Turkey Distribution

Yes, it’s turkey time! Dating back to what is traditionally known as “The First Thanksgiving” in 1621, turkeys have been at the centerpiece of this holiday feast. With turkey being the most common dish of a Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving is commonly known as “Turkey Day.”

For over 40 years it has been Jasper Engines and Transmissions’ tradition to distribute turkeys to its Associates before the Thanksgiving and Easter holidays. Between the Jasper and Leavenworth (Crawford County), Indiana facilities, JASPER distributed 1,400 turkeys, with another 360 certificates for turkeys distributed among our 43 branch locations. The Associates were also given the option to donate their bird to a local charity. A number of turkeys were donated to local food banks, churches and a nursing home. Our Willow Springs, Missouri manufacturing facility is scheduled to distribute turkeys next week.

Whether you like your turkey roasted, deep fried, smoked, steamed, grilled, turduckened, brined, marinated, or rotisseried. Sit down and enjoy some time with family and friends this upcoming holiday. We all have a lot for which to be thankful.

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A Little Halloween Fun for a Great Cause!

Jasper facility, October 31, 2014

Today is casual/costume day here at JASPER. For just a dollar donation, Associates dressed in casual attire or in full costume, such as these pictured adult-size trick or treaters! All proceeds collected from each of JASPER’s five remanufacturing facilities will be donated to area food banks. So far, the Jasper facility alone has raised over $200! Thanks to all who participated in this fun day raising money for a great cause. Enjoy the pictures and have a safe and Happy Halloween!

 

Nosferatu

Hmmm… Hippies, Snow White, a Ninja and Nosferatu?

 

Superheros

Superheros were sighted in Jasper Certified Components (JCC)!

 

Snow White

Snow White and one of the Dwarfs in the Sales Office!

 

Mario

Mario and a Leprechaun!

 

Jack O' Latern

And a Backwards Human Jack O’ Lantern in Indiana Tool and Die (ITD)!

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Mmm…Soup Day

Thank you to everyone who stopped in today to support the annual Inside Sales Soup Day fundraiser. We collected $294! All proceeds collected today will be donated to Dubois County Community Meals, providing home cooked meals for disadvantaged families. It’s a fantastic organization, which was founded by one of our very own Jasper Sales Associates, Ed Zoglman, who has since retired. Thanks again and have a great weekend!

 

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Years of Service Trip for JASPER Associates – Indianapolis, IN

 

JASPER 30-35 Year Associates
This year’s group of 30 and 35 Year JASPER Associates.

The Years of Service trip, September 5-7, to Indianapolis was for JASPER Associates who recently achieved 30 and 35 Years of Service. There were 55 eligible Associates. JASPER is very fortunate to have such a dedicated group of individuals.

Banker's Life Fieldhouse

 

 

 

 

 

 
Shooting Hoops, Pacers style!

The group toured Banker’s Life Fieldhouse and was given the chance to shoot a few hoops on the same floor where the Indiana Pacers play. After some social time and check-in at the Marriott Downtown hotel, Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre provided the evening meal and production of “Oklahoma.”

Yard of Bricks
Pucker up, this group poses before kissing the bricks!

After breakfast at the hotel, the group headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for a guided grounds tour and a lap around the track. Many Associates took the opportunity to kiss the “Yard of Bricks” at the Start/Finish line, drive through Gasoline Alley, take pictures at the Victory Podium and visit the Hall of Fame Museum. After a mouthwatering lunch at Dawsons on Main in Speedway, the afternoon was free for Associates to explore downtown Indianapolis, do a little shopping, or enjoy some down time in the hospitality suite. Next up was delicious German cuisine at the Rathskeller Restaurant.

Sunday morning breakfast in the hotel was followed by church and another sports fan’s dream stop at Lucas Oil Stadium. This stop included a walk through of the Colts locker room. Many remarked that they’ve been there for events but had no idea of everything behind the scenes. Sunday lunch was Italian at Buca di Beppo, followed by a visit to the Indiana State Museum where the group had time to browse the many displays of history before heading home.

A great time was had by all. JASPER appreciates the service and dedication of our Associates!

 

 

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More Information on JASPER’s Power Drive Facility

PowerDrive

 

Jasper Engines & Transmissions officially started transmission production at its new Drivetrain Remanufacturing facility in Jasper, Indiana, September 8th.

The first transmission remanufactured was a front-wheel drive GM 4T65E.  It was the culmination of a well planned and dedicated strategy that took place since the announcement to acquire the 220,000 square foot building in April.

“It’s been an incredible accomplishment,” said John Schroeder, JASPER Vice President of Drivetrain Remanufacturing.  “It’s been a team approach, including Associates from all of the departments within the Transmission Division and other support groups.”

JASPER remanufactures transmissions in work areas called PODs, in which a transmission goes from a core, to a finished product.  Each POD has specific transmission families it remanufactures.  This allows each POD to become “specialized” and enables JASPER to produce a quality product more efficiently.

A total of 14 PODS are planned for the Power Drive Facility.  Higher volume transmissions will be remanufactured in what is called a Mega-POD.  “These combine two, or more, PODS into one for shorter cycle times and greater efficiency,” said Schroeder.  “It’s been successfully used at our Crawford County, Indiana, Facility for many years, and we want to integrate this with three of our high-volume transmissions at Power Drive.”

One change in the remanufacturing process at Power Drive, is how transmissions are dynamometer tested.  “Groups of three to four PODS, or one Mega-POD, will have their own dynamometer, instead of sending a transmission to a separate test area,” said Schroeder.  “This will allow for immediate feedback to Associates building their respective unit, so issues can be addressed in real time.”

A long-term goal for Power Drive is to begin all new transmission product launches from the new facility.  “Once our New Product Group releases a transmission for remanufacturing, we’re only going to release it to the Power Drive location,” said Schroeder.  “Once we’ve achieved the volume to support that unit for the customers, then we can either move its remanufacturing to a customary POD, or we can move it to one of our satellite locations, either Crawford County or Willow Springs.”

An added benefit to Power Drive is it will give JASPER a tremendous amount of growth capacity that could not be achieved with the Engine and Drivetrain Divisions sharing one building.  “At Power Drive, we’ll only use about 60% of our available space in this initial move,” said Schroeder. “There will be many improvements, but the main focus at Power Drive will be laying out space in a method that works for the now and for the future, he added.”

Power Drive is JASPER’s fifth remanufacturing facility, joining Wernsing Road and Jasper West, both in Jasper, Indiana, Crawford County, Indiana, and Willow Springs, Missouri.  As space is vacated at the Wernsing Road Facility, JASPER’s Engine Division will begin their expansion projects.

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First Transmission Produced at the New JASPER Power Drive Facility

JASPER Power Drive

Proud Owner/Associates! The first transmission produced in our NEW Power Drive facility passed through final assembly just before noon on Monday, September 8th, 2014. After assembly, transmissions are dynamometer tested, painted and ready for shipment. The pictured JASPER remanufactured GM 4T65E transmission, is the first of many models to be built at this facility. Congratulations to everyone!

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A Lasting Tribute Visits JASPER

October Calendar Contestant

JASPER’s October of 2014 Calendar Winner tours the Jasper facility.

On Thursday afternoon, Noel Clemmer (2014 JASPER Calendar Winner) and his wife stopped by the Jasper facility in their 1947 Ford COE truck, as they made their way to the annual Frog Follies in Evansville, IN.

Noel selected a 7.3L diesel engine and a 4:10 rear end assembly remanufactured by Jasper Engines & Transmissions to give his truck new life and dependability. Noel built the complete bed and installed the cab on a ’94 Ford ambulance frame. He also moved the engine compartment back six feet to place it under the bed!

Noel’s customized truck is a very cool piece of American history. But more importantly, it’s a tribute to Noel’s father and mother. The M3B designation on the truck stands for Mom’s 3 Boys. After their father passed away in a mining accident, Noel’s mother raised the three boys by herself. We’re sure that Noel’s father and mother would be proud of the hard work and love their son put into this lasting tribute!

 

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