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JASPER’s Rolling Showcase will make at least eight appearances at high-profile car shows and performance events from April through October.
Jasper Engines & Transmissions will be on the road for 2014 celebrating over 70 years of business in the automotive remanufacturing industry.
As a way to better educate the public on our remanufacturing capabilities, JASPER has updated its mobile marketing rig, appropriately named the “JASPER Rolling Showcase.” The “Showcase” will make at least eight appearances at high-profile car shows and performance events from April through October.
This year, the JASPER Rolling Showcase will include two new flat screen monitors with interactive media, several product displays, including components from the Gas Engine, Transmission, Performance and Authentic Custom Drivetrain divisions. JASPER Associates are on hand at each event, so visitors can walk up and ask about our remanufacturing processes.
What began as one man’s insight has evolved into the largest mass remanufacturer in the world with an ongoing commitment to quality.
JASPER’s Mission Statement is simple: “Do It Right… And Have Fun!” For over 70 years, JASPER has been committed to being a leading force in the automotive industry.
April 3-6 Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Spring Auto Fair and Swap Meet)
April 24-28 Carlisle, PA (Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral)
June 21-23 St. Paul, MN (MSRA Back to The 50s)
August 1-4 Louisville, KY (NSRA Nationals)
August 23-25 Evansville, IN (Frog Follies)
September 6-7 Pigeon Forge, TN (Shades of the Past)
October 1-5 Carlisle, PA (Fall Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral)
October 10-12 Biloxi, MS (Cruisin’ The Coast)
Matt Kenseth was the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Runner-up. Kyle Busch was fourth in the final point standings. Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano finished the season seventh and eighth in points, respectively. What did these four drivers have in common throughout the season? Their cars were equipped with products from the JASPER Driveline Division.
Sprint Cup Series cars equipped with JASPER products accounted for 17 Wins in 2013, 79 top-five finishes, 139 top-ten finishes, and earned 15 pole position starts. “Everyone was very satisfied with our products in 2013,” says Terry DeKemper, JASPER Driveline Division Manager. “We had no issues with any of our components last year and we’re definitely looking forward to 2014.”
The new season preparation has left the division little time to reflect on 2013’s success. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth will once again have their cars equipped with the JASPER traditional three-rail 4-Speed Transmission. Michael Waltrip Racing drivers Clint Boyer and Brian Vickers will use JASPER’s single-rail version of the 4-Speed. This style of gearbox allows a single external rail to rotate and move two internal forks to engage the four forward gears. “This allows for fewer moving parts outside of the case,” said DeKemper, “and there’s about a pound difference in weight.”
Penske Racing teammates, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano, will have their Sprint Cup Series cars equipped with a JASPER Differential for 2014. “We have various models and designs of differentials, whether a cast iron case or lightweight case is called for,” said DeKemper. “We’re working on a new locker and a new differential pump, and both are seeing a lot of testing right now.”
In preparation for 2014, the JASPER Driveline Division has worked with teams on different gear setups in reaction to rule changes on car height. “The removal of bump stops (devices used to stop a car’s suspension travel) will result in faster speeds,” DeKemper said. “Teams will have to change the gearing on their cars. We’re looking at the gears we have in stock for teams, and we try to predict where things could go during the season.”
Though the lineup of teams using JASPER products has remained the same the past few seasons, the Driveline Division found success with leasing components to other teams in 2013. “The top caliber teams can afford purchasing new and maintaining their own equipment, while intermediate teams would prefer to lease at this time,” said DeKemper. “We see this as a continuing trend, and we see a growing market for us at this time.”
Look for Chad Morgenthaler’s JASPER-Sponsored rig at any of the upcoming 2014 Bassmaster Series events near you.
JASPER-Sponsored professional angler Chad Morgenthaler will compete in the Bassmaster Elite Series throughout 2014. Chad finished seventh in the 2013 Bassmaster Southern Opens division standings, which earned him an invitation to fish in the Elite division this year. Chad was last a regular on the Bassmaster Tour in 2005, a year before the Elite Series was formed.
Bassmaster Elite Series 2014 Schedule
• February 21-23, Bassmaster Classic, Birmingham, AL; Lake Guntersville
• March 13-16, Elite 1 Bainbridge, GA; Lake Seminole
• March 20-23, Elite 2 Palatka, FL; St. Johns River
• April 3-6, Elite 3 Branson, MO; Table Rock Lake
• May 1-4, Elite 4 Many, LA; Toledo Bend Reservoir
• May 15-18, Elite 5 Russellville, AR; Lake Dardanelle
• June 11-15, Elite 6 BASSfest Dayton, TN; Chickamauga Lake
• August 7-10, Elite 7 Philadelphia, PA; Delaware River
• August 21-24, Elite 8 Ithaca, NY; Cayuga Lake
• Sept.18-21, AOY Championship TBD
Bassmaster Southern Opens 2014 Schedule
• January 23-25, St. Cloud, FL; Lake Toho Kissimmee
• March 6-8, Jasper, AL; Smith Lake
• October 2-4, Huntersville, NC; Lake Norman
Thank you! You have come through again! We had lots of great entries submitted throughout 2013, the winning photographs were selected and the calendar design process began.
Entries received throughout 2013 were judged on adherence to the category, equipment appearance and the quality of the photograph or image.
We would like to acknowledge the 2014 JASPER calendar winners:
Bob & Pattie Drennan
1951 Ford Victoria
1950 Chevy 3100
1991 Chevy 1500
1940 Ford Coupe
1967 Chevy Camaro RS
Lake Lynn, PA
1947 Ford COE Truck
1947 Ford Super Deluxe
Rosie & Al Cool
1968 Chevy Camaro
Tom & Jack Breiding
1970 Chevy Chevelle Malibu
1978 Pontiac Firebird
1956 Ford Thunderbird
1966 Chevy Corvette
Gregg & Becki Russell
1950 Chevy 3100
Every qualified entrant received a JASPER hat. Entrants whose work appears in the calendar receive a $100 gift certificate, which can be used to purchase JASPER remanufactured products or wearable items, 24 complimentary calendars and a special JASPER Gift Package.
Congratulations to all our winners!
It’s been a JASPER tradition for Mr. and Mrs. Claus to make their way through JASPER facilities ringing bells, handing out candy canes and spreading Christmas cheer! And this year was no different, it’s amazing how a simple “Ho-Ho-Ho” can make so many people smile. We would like to thank the Claus’ for spending their morning spreading laughter and Christmas Spirit throughout the walls of JASPER.
Another JASPER Christmas tradition is the Giving Tree Christmas Wish Drive, which delivers joy to the community’s kids in need. JASPER Associates shopped for toys, bicycles and clothing for families to pick up December 13th. Each year, it’s a great way to inspire others and bring hope to kids in need at Christmas.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from your friends at JASPER!
Jasper Engines and Transmissions Pro Angler, Chad Morgenthaler, almost passed up his opportunity for a “Golden Ticket” to fish the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. He debated the merits of fishing the Bassmaster Classic Wild Card on Lake Okeechobee in Florida, until he finally decided to make the commitment with one day to spare. Good thing. Chad won the tournament with 15 fish and a total of 63 pounds, 13 ounces. This was Chad’s first win on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail and it also secured his opportunity to fish in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, his fourth Classic.
Chad’s indecision came from the existing financial commitment he had made to the Elite Series for 2014. In the end, he called sponsor, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, who agreed to pay his entry fee. “We have a great relationship with Chad and place a good deal of faith in his abilities and decision making”, said Tom Schrader, VP of Marketing and Strategic Development for JASPER. “We didn’t have to think too hard about paying Chad’s fee when we received the call”, he added.
Chad is, as one can imagine, on “Cloud 9” after his win and has been busy answering congratulatory calls, emails and Facebook postings. “The whole situation is still, to this day, so surreal. I just can’t believe that it fell together the way that it did”, he said. “I always thought my first win would come on Lake Okeechobee and for it to be coupled with a berth in the Classic made it even more special. Without JASPER’s help, simply going to the event would not have been possible for me. This win is as much for them as it is for me”, he added.
At the Jasper facility, Amelia Ebert sorted the donated food for distribution among various food banks.
During the week of October 21-25 Associates from the Jasper, Crawford and Willow Springs facilities participated in the “Let’s Drive for a Ton” food drive to benefit various food banks in all three areas.
The food drive, which occurred in conjunction with “National Make A Difference Day” had a very simple goal… collect a ton (2,000 pounds) of non-perishable food items. The generosity of our Associates shined through as we collected 2,057 pounds of food! Each food bank was very appreciative and thankful for our donation.
Congratulations to all who participated and for showing the true JASPER spirit of giving!
As part of JASPER’s Veterans Day luncheon held on November 11th, representatives of the Indiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) were on hand for a special signing ceremony to re-affirm JASPER’s commitment to the ESGR. The ESGR is an organization dedicated to helping Veterans obtain employment after they leave the military. JASPER currently employs 179 Associates who serve, or have served in the military…. that’s 10% of our workforce! According to the ESGR, the average company’s workforce includes only 1% Veterans. A big thanks to all of our Veterans for not only your service to JASPER, but more importantly, your service to our country!
Jasper Endows Today and Tomorrow (JETT) offers 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.
The charter members voted to offer the inaugural grant of $7,575.00 to Dubois County Community
Meals. “We are going to dedicate the entire fund at this point to reaching out to school-age children
who are either on the free or reduced lunch program, to help bridge the hurdle when they’re not in
school,” said Mike Hagerdon of Dubois County Community Meals.
“We will be offering other groups something to potentially help them also,” said Mark Balsmeyer,
JETT Facilitator. “It may not be money, it may be time and service.”
Each JETT member possess a voting share in deciding which charity will receive the grant from
the group. By combining resources JETT members are making a significant, lasting impact for our
For Immediate Release
November 4, 2013
Weller-Jasper Joint Press Release
John Weller of Weller Truck Parts, and Zach Bawel, President of Jasper Engine and Transmission Exchange announced a letter of intent to purchase Weller Truck Parts has been signed by all parties.
Speaking for the Weller Family, John said “Brothers – Skip, Chris, Paul and I take very seriously our commitment to our Weller Team. We are very proud of what they have built and we want to make sure we have a good plan for the future of our Weller Team and the Weller Brand. We are pleased to announce we have found that fit with our Associates/Employees becoming partners with Jasper Engine and Transmission 100% Associate Owned ESOP. That means all of our people will become Owners in this new venture.”
John went on to add – “Weller will remain an independent company with their products as will JASPER. Both groups will work together to share best practices and make improvements for the betterment of all.” Zach Bawel, President/COO of JASPER, added… “Weller is a very respected brand with a great team. We are excited about the growth opportunities for both companies and are anxious to welcome the Weller Team into our ESOP. Paul and John will be staying on in their current leadership roles and we look forward to growing both Weller and Jasper.”
Although the transaction is expected to close in the spring of 2014, both Weller and Jasper will begin working more closely together. Weller Auto is not part of this transaction and will continue to be owned by the Weller family.
About Weller Truck Parts
Weller Truck Parts started in 1973 as a growth of Weller Auto Parts formed by Harry Weller, Sr. and son, Jr. in 1930. In 1985 the 4 sons – Skip, John, Chris and Paul bought the business and began focusing on remanufacturing. In 2000 John and Paul increased the focus with state of the art remanufacturing facility. Today with 800 Associates, Weller has 29 production and distribution facilities remanufacturing a full line of heavy duty transmissions and differentials.
About Jasper Engine and Transmission Exchange
Jasper Engine & Transmission a 100% ESOP company was founded in 1942. Today they remanufacture a wide range of products in three plants including Gas & Diesel Engines, Automatic and Standard Transmissions, Differentials, and NASCAR Transmissions. They also own Jasper Electric Motors, Jasper Innovative Solutions and Jasper Eco-Tech. They have over 1800 Associate/Owners and over 40 locations throughout the US.