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As adults, we base our decisions and actions on life experiences, education, training and consequences. Much of what we learn on the job is applied at work, but useful off-the-clock as well. A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I decided to renovate the deck, off the front of our house. It needed paint and after further inspection, the wood was so weathered, we decided to replace it. My wife asked me how long to remove the railing, spindles and header trim, my reply was, “about five to ten minutes.” Wrong answer! Most of decking came apart with ease, except for the header trim which was attached with screws that had been puttied over. I couldn’t find the screw heads, and that’s where the lesson begins.
I went into my garage and gathered what I thought were the appropriate tools… a six foot stepladder, a mini-sledge hammer and a pry bar. Rule number one, do not rush the planning stage of any new project. I carried my tools down to the deck area, wearing only shorts, a t-shirt, flip-flops and a pair of safety glasses. At least, I was wearing safety glasses! I crawled midway up the ladder, holding the pry bar in one hand and the sledge in the other. I took a couple of swings, the six foot board barely moved, which meant I just had to swing a little harder, right. Well I did! The board was knocked free, and down it fell onto the ladder’s paint tray extension as it made its way to the ground. It was one of those slow-motion moments. When the board hit the paint tray extension, it catapulted me backwards onto my back with the ladder falling in the other direction. As I laid on the ground, I raised my head only to find the sledge and pry bar feet away in different directions and somehow I was missing one of my flip-flops. Kind of scary how quickly an accident can happen. I was fine, I got my bearings and finished the job without any further drama.
Two weeks later, I was in a safety refresher class here at work. Can you guess the topic… That’s right, Ladder Safety! How ironic, don’t you think? The class went over the do’s and don’ts including: positioning, working height, securement and three-point contact. Again, this blog post is about the importance of applying life lessons, training and all of the things that make us successful in the things we do. So, whether you’re working on the job or at home, remember safety first!
Jasper Engines & Transmissions has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
The BBB has determined that JASPER meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaint. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public. This rating system represents the BBB’s opinion of how the business is likely to interact with its customers. It’s based on information the BBB is able to obtain about the business, including complaints received from the public. The BBB seeks and uses information directly from businesses and from public data sources.
Here at JASPER, we recognize the importance of building trust and respect and in developing customer relationships built on honesty and integrity. The BBB supports JASPER’s ethical interactions with its customers, both the installer and the end-user, in the marketplace. JASPER has been a BBB Accredited Business since October 22nd, 1999. BBB Business Reviews generally explain the most significant factors that raise or lower a business’s rating.
We would also like to thank all of our installers for the favorable comments they post to the BBB, and other forums, about us. We ask that you continue this practice, as it creates a favorable impression in the eyes of vehicle owners who read BBB reviews. These positive reviews not only help JASPER grow, but also the businesses who install our products.
Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather for family, feasts and football. As we celebrate this year, let’s pause for a moment to reflect and give thanks for the truly important things in life. We all have a lot to be thankful for, however we must also remember those who are less fortunate.
We wish you safe travels and joyful times with family and friends this holiday weekend.
On August 5th, Linda Carver retired from JET Transit, a subsidiary of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, after providing over 11 years of excellent over-the-road transit service. We would like to congratulate Linda on logging over 1,000,000 Accident-Free Safety Miles with JET Transit and for being the first female driver to achieve this level with our company. Linda was awarded the Indiana Motor Truck Association Master Driver Award and also competed in the IMTA Truck Driving Championships for several years in the box truck division.
Linda plans on spending her retirement enjoying more time with her seven grandchildren, as well as camping and time in her garden. We wish Linda the best and hope she enjoys her retirment.
How many times have you been on vacation, or driving from Point ‘A’ to Point ‘B’, and you see a Jasper Engines and Transmissions truck pass you by? The chances of this happening are very good. Because without our World Class Drivers on the road, the products we produce would never make it to our customers.
Sure, there are other trucking companies out there, but none compare to the World Class Drivers that we get to call our own.
Here are some statistics that will show you how great JASPER drivers truly are:
• We have 185 drivers between our Over-The-Road and Local Branch Delivery Drivers. These drivers travel a staggering 200,000 miles a week. To put that in perspective, that’s almost a trip to the Moon (238,000 miles), or eight trips around the world (25,000 miles) every week.
• Our 48 Over-The-Road drivers visit all 40 Branches, two Distribution Centers, even a couple of vendors, running 55 different routes, making 162 stops.
• Our 137 Branch Drivers run 425 routes per week and visit close to 4,800 customers.
• And let’s not forget our two shuttle drivers that make those daily trips between the Crawford
County and Jasper facilities to move cores and finished product to the proper locations.
So the next time you are taking a trip around this great country of ours, be on the lookout for one of the many trucks in the JASPER fleet.
Thank you JASPER truck drivers!
The Jasper Engines & Transmissions 2014 calendar is out. We had some great entries, and a big “Thank You” goes to everyone.
But we can’t rest on our laurels – we’re in the preliminary stages for our 2015 calendar. Do you, or your customer, have a vehicle that’s calendar worthy? Don’t hesitate! Send us your entry!
Entrants must submit a high-resolution color photograph and information about their unique vehicle, or performance car or truck, along with the JASPER remanufactured product that has been installed. Vehicles should be placed in a “show” type setting. Low resolution digital images transferred onto photo paper cannot be accepted. High-resolution digital images, 8” x 10” at 300 dpi, are preferred. All entries will be judged based on adherence to the category, equipment appearance and the quality of the photograph.
REMINDER!!! The deadline for 2015 Calendar entries is August 1st. If you have vehicle images, and would like to request an entry form, or for additional information, contact Jennifer Hohl at email@example.com.
Don Bowne of Cambridge City, IN can be seen in the background polishing his 1930 Model A Town Sedan.
The Hoosier Model A’s, a car club out of the Anderson, Indiana area, visited our Jasper facility this morning. “We were all very impressed with the magnitude of the facility and what JASPER’s doing,” stated club member Mike Mattingly. There were eleven Model A’s in the group, one of which was recently brought out of a 40-year storage; its engine was remanufactured by JASPER over 50 years ago.
The Ford Model A of 1928 – 1931 was available in a variety of body styles and came equipped with a water-cooled L-head 4-cylinder engine matched with a 3-speed sliding gear manual transmission capable of speeds around 65 mph.
All of the vehicles in this group were awesome examples of a past era that are being preserved for future generations to admire and enjoy. We would once again like to thank the Hoosier Model A’s for their visit. If you’re a member of a car club and would like to schedule a tour for your group, e-mail Joyce at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great weekend everyone!
Just wanted to thank you for including me in the Jasper tour yesterday. Everyone, from the pilot, to Gayla the tour guide, to Department Managers, to all Associates, were all very gracious and accommodating.
I knew that the Jasper brand was always held in high regard…and, now I know why. It is clear to see that everything – products, people, systems and processes – is all quite impressive. Thanks again for letting me experience all this first-hand.
I look forward to our on-going collaboration.
George K. / ANC Auto Repair
Located on the campus of Ohio Technical College (OTC) in Cleveland, Ohio, is the Jasper Engines & Transmissions Training Center. OTC is the premier provider of specialized technical training to students in a wide variety of transportation fields. The JASPER Training Center provides OTC students the opportunity to work on many of the world’s most technologically advanced vehicles, using the latest high-tech computer diagnostic equipment.
OTC formed a partnership with JASPER in July 2012 to use its products in the school’s Automotive and Auto-Diesel programs. The ASE/NATEF-Certified Automotive Technology program offers relevant hands-on training over the course of 72 weeks, while the Auto-Diesel program combines the automotive courses with Diesel Equipment Technology. Through the partnership, JASPER provides engines, transmissions and differentials, along with manufacturing, marketing and sponsor support to OTC. Students train on the company’s products during the six-week course held in the JASPER Training Center.
The JASPER Training Center consists of five classrooms: three engine labs, one automatic transmission lab and one manual transmission and differential lab. Students learn disassembly, measuring, cylinder honing, how to work with Heli-coil inserts, timing belt installation and proper re-assembly and torque procedures.
“We have classes going all the time as part of the Automotive and Auto-Diesel programs,” says Tom King, OTC Vice President of Enrollment Management and Technical Training. “We’ve started a new six-week course eight times since July and we’ve averaged 20 students per class.”
The JASPER Training Center also trains students on automatic transmissions in rear and front-wheel drive vehicles, which is covered in car diagnostic testing, as well as transmission removal and reinstallation. In addition, differentials are covered during the manual transmission classes.
“The partnership between JASPER and OTC has been very well received,” says King. “It’s been a tremendous opportunity for us to expose students not only to JASPER, but to some of the advanced technologies and training equipment JASPER uses.”
“A huge benefit has been sharing some of the technologies and resources JASPER has, which has enhanced OTC’s curriculum for the students,” added King. “The amount of safety training and professionalism JASPER teaches is very beneficial to our students and has become an integral part of OTC’s program.”
JASPER Customer, Brad Ryan was able to throttle up his JASPER-built Corvette engine on the dynamometer during his visit last week. Picture by Steve Temple of SCT Communications.
A numbers-matching build, including a dyno-run was part of the package Brad purchased. During Brad’s visit he was able to tour the facility and meet with Steve Temple who was writing an article for Vette Magazine, which will feature the 427 cid engine that JASPER built for Brad’s 1967 Corvette. “It’s moments like these, that make my job an absolute pleasure. It’s an honor to be able to work on our customers’ toys and projects,” said Darren Ragsdale, Performance & Authentic Division Manager.