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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.
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!
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!
Hudsons, Hudsons, Hudsons! Four groups from the H-E-T Club visited the Jasper facility July 23. These three graced our front lawn.
Recently, members of the Hudson, Essex, Terraplane (H-E-T) Club held an International Meet at the nearby French Lick Springs Resort. Their activities included a July 23rd tour of our Jasper remanufacturing facility.
The H-E-T Club is an organization dedicated to preserving the products of the former Hudson Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan. Hudson produced vehicles for 45 years, from 1909 until 1954. These cars had real chrome bumpers. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore!
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.
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.
From left to right: Sonny Michaelszyn, AMF Auto Clinic; Gene Hammond, Sevys Auto; Mike Crilly, Crilly Car Cures; Frank Ricci, Car Clinic; Jeff Weigle, Chips Auto Center; Tom Wizda, Wizda Auto; Joe Tomlinson, JASPER Sales Representative; Dan Pizzuto, Southern Auto; Craig Hessenauer, JASPER Regional Vice President; Doug Durkee, Durkee Automotive.
Date: Thursday 5/8/14
The day started at 3:30 a.m. at the Christiana Mall in Newark, DE, where we all met to van-pool to the marina. Tom Wizda said, “On an overcast day, the fish really bite.” How little did he know how true his statement would turn out to be.
We arrived at the marina in Chesapeake Beach, MD a little after 6 a.m. and set out on the 50′ Bay Hunter. The mate had barely cast six lines when Tom Wizda landed the first rockfish of the day! The captain’s excellent fish finding skills had us pulling in up to three fish at a time. All keepers, no less. Dan Pizzuto had the feistiest fish. It gave him a great fight and almost wiggled its way off the boat. Doug Durkee and Jeff Weigle helped the mate by manning the net during the furious fishing frenzy.
We trolled the Bay for a while for some catch and release while enjoying a “little boat ride,” said Craig Hessenauer. The boat docked, the fish were filleted and we headed to a local restaurant to enjoy some lunch while discussing important issues facing shop owners today.
Memories were made that will not be forgotten.
JASPER Associate Owner
Jasper Engines and Transmissions has named its Supplier Award winners for 2013. There were 12 total recipients named in the following three categories:
Eagle Precision (Steel and Wave Plates; and Shims)
Auburn Gear (Cases and Housings)
BorgWarner (Friction Material, Sprags and Solenoids)
S.A. Gear (Gears and Timing Components)
NPR of America (Pistons and Piston Rings)
King Engine Bearings (Bearings and Washer Shims)
United Engine & Machine Co. (Pistons)
Exedy Group (Friction Material and Steel Plates)
Sonnax (Valve Body, Plate Cover and Transmission Parts)
Melling Engine Parts (Oil Pumps, Lifters and Pump Gears)
Elgin Industries (Rockers, Timing and Engine Parts)
Modern Silicone Technologies (Gasket Seals)
Each supplier received a trophy honoring their key role to the company as a true vendor partner in 2013.
JASPER presents these awards, annually, to recognize the company’s Partners in Success. The Growth Award winners were based on an increase in the amount of dollars spent from 2012 to 2013 (minimum amount spent was $100,000).
The Quality Award listing was established by joint nominating efforts between JASPER Sourcing and Quality Teams in key areas such as: Corrective Action Requests, Warranties, Quality Control First-Piece History and Quality Issue Resolution.
The Service Award winners were established by joint nominating efforts between Sourcing and Buyers in key areas including: “Can Do” Attitude, Sense of Urgency, Timely Responses, Problem Resolution and High Level of Expertise.
“JASPER is proud to recognize all of the suppliers this year,” says James Corbin, JASPER Quality Systems Manager. “We have developed great relationships with many of our suppliers and they continue to be critical partners in the success of Jasper Engines and Transmissions. In the aftermarket industry, we must all continue to work together to provide the highest-quality product and price to provide the greatest value to the customer.”
That’s right! Thus far, JASPER Associates have donated over 100 pints of blood in the last two days! Jasper Engines & Transmissions is once again hosting blood drives for the American Red Cross at not just one, but all three remanufacturing facilities. Donations from the Crawford facility’s single-day and Jasper’s two-day event have produced a combined total of 128 pints with the Willow Springs drive scheduled for tomorrow.
Here are some interesting facts about blood donations:
• An average adult has about 10 pints of blood and roughly one pint is given during a donation
• Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood
• The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes
• A single donation can save up to three lives.
Thanks again to all of our Great JASPER Associates who have or will be donating. This is just another example of how our Associates are “Doing it Right!”
Pilot Warren Smith prepping the Jasper Engines & Transmissions Balloon before flight!
The Kentucky Derby Great Balloon Race was held this past Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky. Pilot briefing began at 5:00 AM and we were given the green light for flight! We drove out to Bowman field. The field of 31 balloons was ready to race. This was to be a hare and hound race. Just before 7:00 AM, we started our inflation.
A very good crowd was on hand for this early morning flight. The surface wind was light and out of the south. Only 200’ up, the winds switched around to be out of the west and were at 29 mph. The hare balloon flew about 7.5 miles to the east and landed in Tom Sawyer State Park. The “X” target was laid out on the RC airplane field. Around half of the balloons scored on the target. The Jasper Engines & Transmissions Balloon had a very good throw on the target.
The Awards Banquet was held at noon to honor all of the teams. The Jasper Engines & Transmissions Balloon was honored with a first place finish, beating out the United States Champion and the current World Champion. By winning first place, the Jasper Engines and Transmissions Balloon receives an automatic entry into next year’s race.