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Morgenthaler Gears Up for Busy 2015 Schedule

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Chad Morgenthaler described his 2014 season back with the Bassmater Elites as “decent” . He showed some of his potential with a 2nd place finish in Toledo Bend, Texas.

2014 is in the books for JASPER-sponsored angler Chad Morgenthaler. The Coulterville, Illinois, native described the previous year as “a decent season”, though he said it was nice to show some potential his first year back with the Bassmaster Elites series. “This group of 108 anglers are extremely talented, and continuously push you to give 110%,” he said.

The highlight of Chad’s 2014 season started at the Classic in Guntersville, Alabama. “I was able to take that momentum and capitalize on it for several months,” said Morgenthaler. “This eventually led to my best tour event finish – a 2nd place at Toledo Bend, Texas.”

JASPER has been Morgethaler’s primary tour sponsor since 2006. He describes the sponsorship as the rock of his career. “They (JASPER) have provided the stability for me in a very volatile sport,” he said. “They have also shown me how to maximize marketing and promotions from their NASCAR experiences.”

Morgenthaler added. “JASPER has shown me what hard work and dedication can do for your career, and allowed me to feel as if I am part of a giant family.”

With 17 events on Morgenthaler’s 2015 schedule, he chose to sum up next year in one word: INSANE. “2015 will take me from the East Coast to the West Coast and from New York to Texas,” he said. “To have a successful season, it will take some diligent planning and an extreme amount of focus. I plan on approaching the year one event at a time, while maximizing the off days for recuperation and listening to my wife Debbie when she advises that it’s time to focus on family time.”

“I would like to thank JASPER for the opportunity to spend time with their Preferred Installers and Outside Sales Representatives through the VIP fishing program,” said Morgenthaler. “The program has allowed me to meet some outstanding people and develop some great personal relationships throughout the years. I’m very excited that the Elite Series will visit new waters next year, allowing the program to expand into additional territories.”

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JASPER Celebrates Record-Breaking Knockout Year

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A Group photo of 86 JASPER Outside Sales Representatives received awards.

On January 27th, JASPER celebrated a record-breaking “Knockout Year” in sales and company performance. JASPER continues a pattern of unprecedented growth throughout its many divisions, and subsidiaries including; Jasper Innovative Solutions and Jasper Electric Motors.

Awards were presented to Outside and Inside Sales Representatives, and Customer Service Representatives for categories based on growth, sales volume, increased profits and customer retention. Butch Stewart from our Columbia, South Carolina branch received the Platinum Award, an achievement of five consecutive years of $250,000 territory growth, an all-time first.

Throughout their three-day visit, Representatives from our 43 nationwide JASPER branch locations participated in classes pertaining to new products and the latest product processes and updates. As our Sales Representatives return to their respective territories, we will continue to grow here at home to provide immediate availability of the best drivetrain products in the nation.

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JASPER Sales Representatives Support JETT

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JASPER Outside Sales Representative, Paul Henderson, snatched raffle tickets from the hand of Regional VP Joe McDonald.

JASPER’s continued support of our Associates and communities was demonstrated in a big way by our Outside Sales Representatives during the National Sales Meeting on Monday, January 26th.

Through the first of two half-pot drawings, our Sales Representatives generously supported Jasper Endows Today and Tomorrow (JETT).  JETT, which consists of a group of JASPER Associates, is a unique giving experience that allows JASPER Associates and their families the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of philanthropy, while combining resources to be used for the betterment of our communities for today and tomorrow.

Meanwhile, a second half-pot drawing was conducted with the proceeds going toward a special Appreciation Day hosted by our Inside Sales group in February.

Thanks to our Outside Sales Reps for their awesome support of two very worthy causes!

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Canada Post Utilizes JASPER in LLV Project

Jasper Engines & Transmission played a major role in the recent refurbishment of several hundred Grumman Long Life Vehicles (LLV) used for Canada Post.

Canada Post recently refurbished 876 LLVs at their Mississauga, Ontario, facility. Each LLV received a JASPER remanufactured GM 2.2L four-cylinder engine. They also received new brake lines and additional LLV components supplied by Jasper Innovative Solutions.

“The LLV Refurbishment Project began in 2012 with an end goal of extending the useful life of our existing purpose-built, right-hand drive, LLV fleet,” said Steve Clark, Canada Post National Fleet Director. “The refurbished LLV’s, destined for mail and parcel delivery service in rural operations across Canada, needed to be reliable and sound for continued postal service use. The project represented a considerable investment of time, expertise and ingenuity, both internally and also from our valued external partners.”

“As the project draws to a close, and the last LLV has crossed the assembly line, I am pleased to say that we have met our goals,” added Clark. “This success would not have been possible without strong partnerships, extreme dedication, and an unparalleled commitment to produce a quality product.”

“JASPER was honored to be a part of this program Steve put together,” said Joe McDonald, JASPER Regional Vice President. “We trully believe at Jasper Engines & Transmissions that giving new life to fleet vehicles is an economical and green strategy that benefits all parties.”

“The partnership that has come out of this endeavor between JASPER and Canada Post will undoubtedly create future opportunities to work together on other projects,” said McDonald.

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A Very Special Christmas Delivery…

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JASPER Associate, Chad Bland readies a delivery truck full of gifts for local children.

JASPER picked up a box truck load of new clothing and toys from the Salvation Army in New
Albany, Indiana December 9th.

These items were received from contributors who picked a tag from a Salvation Army Angel Tree.
Each child had a bag of presents. JASPER delivered these bags to the Indiana Department of
Child Services in English, Indiana, which were distributed to the families in need. The boxes (pictured
above) had extra toys to be donated.

This, along with JASPER’s annual Giving Tree program, was a great way to inspire others and
bring hope to kids in need.

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JASPER Nativity Scene – A 20-Year Christmas Tradition

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The Nativity on the front lawn of JASPER’s corporate headquarters.

The December calendar is always packed with activities to bring Christmas cheer upon JASPER
Associates and the local community. Since 1994, JASPER Associates volunteer their time to set up
the lights and life-size Nativity on the front lawn of our corporate headquarters.

There’s a lot of work that goes into setting up the JASPER-crafted Nativity scene. Here are some
pictures taken during this year’s set up.

Merry Christmas to everyone!

 

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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

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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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