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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.
Jasper Engines & Transmissions CEO Doug Bawel (left), Lt. Govenor Sue Ellspermann and Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz announced JASPER’s plan to expand manufacturing operations locally, adding 235 new jobs.
Jasper, Indiana (April 30, 2014) – CEO Doug Bawel joined state and local officials in announcing the company’s plans to expand its footprint in Jasper, Indiana, to create additional jobs and reinvest in the former Kimball Plastics manufacturing facility located at 1220 Power Drive in Jasper, Indiana.
“Jasper Engines & Transmissions is a great Indiana economic success story. The company that has prospered and provided thousands of jobs for Hoosiers for over 70 years is expanding again,” said Lt. Gov. Ellspermann. “We continue to see how our business-friendly tax and regulatory policies plus our dedicated workforce make Indiana a place where companies want to expand and locate. Our record-breaking job growth shows that Indiana truly is a state that works.”
The homegrown-Hoosier company, which remanufactures drivetrain components, plans to invest $6.9 million to renovate and equip a 220,000 sq. foot facility presently vacant within ½ mile of its current 367,000 square-foot facility at 815 Wernsing Road in Jasper. The additional facility will become the new home of JASPER’S Transmission Division which includes disassembly, machining, assembly, testing and warehousing of automotive drivetrain components. Bawel said they plan to be fully operational this fall.
JASPER currently employs more than 2,600 Associates throughout the United States, including more than 1,445 in Indiana. The company has already begun advertising for positions in manufacturing, maintenance, information technology, distribution, engineering and quality control positions in Jasper.
“When looking at our options for expansion, no other place measured up to the business climate in Indiana,” said Doug Bawel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JASPER. “Jasper Engines and Transmissions is growing at a high rate and this expansion is thanks to our hard-working Associates and our company’s dedication to excellence in producing our products. This is Phase One of the approval needed for this project as we now await Phase Two which is the City of Jasper’s approval of local real and personal tax abatement. We are excited to grow production here, and are very hopeful, with the State taking the lead, we can bring this project to fruition quickly.”
Jim Thyen, President and CEO of Kimball International, stated “This transaction is clearly a “Win-Win” scenario for everyone: Kimball, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, and the local community. We are extremely happy that we could reach agreement with a local company who we know to be a long-time, good corporate citizen in the community. JASPER’s expansion sends a strong message about the viability of this industrial area and our community’s openness to economic development.”
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Jasper Engine Exchange, Inc. up to $1,150,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The project is contingent upon Jasper Engines and Transmissions receiving real and personal property tax abatement from the City of Jasper.
About Jasper Engines & Transmissions
Jasper Engine & Transmission Exchange, founded in 1942, is a remanufacturer of drivetrain components, including gas and diesel engines, transmissions and differentials. The company also remanufactures marine components such as stern drives, outboard powerheads and lower units, as well as, diesel fuel and air system components. Included in the product mix are engines and transmissions for performance and classic car restorations. JASPER operates three remanufacturing facilities and distributes its products nationwide through their 42 branch locations and two distribution centers. JASPER is committed to providing high quality, value-oriented products with excellent customer service.
The JASPER Rolling Showcase is loaded and ready for trip number two!
Our Performance Crew is once again ready to travel eastward, but this time to Carlisle, PA for the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral. This five-day spring event begins Wednesday, April 23rd and runs through Sunday the 27th. The Carlisle event hosts thousands of collector and classic automotive enthusiasts, over 8,000 vending spaces, 2,000 vehicles for sale at the car corral and even a two-day car auction with well over 300 cars expected to cross the block.
Stop by the JASPER exhibit and check out our many product displays, informative videos; if you have any questions about reviving your ride, feel free to ask one of our friendly representatives. For this show we’ve also loaded some additional items for sale. We’ve included; Jasper EcoTech Flex Lights, JASPER 70th anniversary tacker signs, assorted performance parts & accessories and even a cut-away Cup Car Engine!
From all your friends at JASPER, have a safe and enjoyable Easter weekend!
One of our crew members getting a little track time?
Our Performance Specialists made their way to the Charlotte AutoFair & Swap Meet at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for our first scheduled car show of the year (April 3rd through the 6th).
This world-famous event features 9,500 vendor spaces packed full of restoration parts and cars for sale. Plus, over 1,600 vehicles for sale in the car corral on the oval track. Over 100,000 collector vehicle buyers and restorers are expected to attend!
JASPER’s Rolling Showcase is on site with engine and transmission displays, literature, interactive media and Jasper EcoTech flex light demonstrations. If you’re planning to attend, stop by the JASPER display this weekend for some goodies and see what we have to offer!
Left to right: Craig Leuck accepted an opportunity with the Jasper Production System team. Sara Schmidt succeeded Craig in leading the Jasper Transmission Division. Shari Gress has been named Production Control Division Manager.
Jasper Engines & Transmissions is pleased to announce the following changes to its leadership team and Management Staff.
After 17 years of leading the Jasper Transmission Division, Craig Leuck has accepted a new opportunity with the Jasper Production System (JPS) team. Craig’s primary responsibilities are supporting workshop and event teams, as well as teaching and supporting Continuous Improvement activities throughout the company. Craig began his career with JASPER 19 years ago, spending two years in Facility Maintenance prior to joining the Transmission Division. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to join our Jasper
Production System team,” said Leuck. “This change allows me to further my knowledge of our overall production system, as well as be able to support our Associates and drive improvement throughout our organization.”
Sara Schmidt has been named the new Transmission Division Manager at the Jasper, Indiana, facility. Sara began her career with JASPER eight years ago working in People Services. Sara has worked in the Crawford Transmission Division, Transmission Division Manager at Willow Springs, Missouri, DOJO Manager, and most recently, Division Manager of Jasper Certified Components.
“I am both honored and excited to join the transmission team as we continue building upon its long standing reputation of remanufacturing high-quality products,” said Schmidt. “As JASPER continues on its journey to be the Brand of Choice to our customers, and the Company of Choice to our current and future Associate-Owners, we look for leaders with cross-functional experiences willing to develop processes, develop people and lead change,” said John Schroeder, JASPER Vice President of Drivetrain Remanufacturing. “Both Craig and Sara have proven track records of success and we are confident they will do well in their new roles.
”In addition, Shari Gress has been named Production Control Division Manager. Shari joined JASPER as an auditor, served on the implementation team and eventually became Operations Manager of Jasper Innovative Solutions. She most recently served as Assistant Manager of Production Control. As Manager, Shari will oversee product scheduling, conveyance, part/core procurement and internal parts stores.