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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.
Rich Mehling (left) and Mark King (right) earn awards at the IMTA Driving Championships
JET Transit had seven drivers compete in the annual Indiana Motor Truck Association’s Truck Driving Championships recently held in Indianapolis. JASPER is pleased to announce that we had two drivers earn awards. Rich Mehling placed second in the 4-Axle Class and Mark King earned the Rookie of the Year award.
The event consists of a written exam, pre-trip inspection and six road course events. The score of each event is added to come up with a total score used to determine the champion in each of eight different classes, as well as a team championship.
JET Transit drivers also participating in this year’s IMTA competition were: Wayne Beavin in the 5-Axle division, Ron Tobin in the Flatbed division, Brian Kuhs in the Sleeper division, Denny Schepers in the Straight Truck division and Bob Pickett in the Tanker division.
Congratulations to all seven drivers who competed and for a job well done.
Frank LaVenia stopped by the factory for a visit in his ’56 Chevy 210 Del Ray. Frank purchased his Chevy’s replacement 350 cid engine and TH350 transmission from JASPER 17 years ago. Over the years Frank has traveled nearly 140,000 miles on this drivetrain, touring through all continuous 48 states, twice! He says that he will complete his third round trip, yet this year. Safe travels Frank!
Earlier this year Jasper Engines & Transmissions announced the following changes within the company’s leadership positions.
John Schroeder has been named Vice President of Drivetrain Manufacturing. John will coordinate the Transmission Divisions at Jasper and Crawford County, Indiana, and Willow Springs, Missouri, along with the Differential Division at the Jasper facility. He has served roles in the People Department (Human Resources), Division Manager of Crawford Transmission and the Jasper Production System (JPS) over his 12 years with JASPER. “I am thankful to have the opportunity to serve the JASPER family in this new role,” says Schroeder. “With a 70-year tradition as our foundation, we are committed to providing the highest-quality product and service to our customers, while improving the lives of our 1700 Associate Owners. I am honored to be a part of this mission.”
Joe Haug has been named Manager of the Transmission Division at the Crawford County facility. Joe spent many of his 33 years within the Transmission Division prior to becoming a Group Leader at Crawford many years ago.” I look forward to this challenge,” says Haug. “In my 33 years at JASPER, I have worked on each level, and it is rewarding to see our Associates grow into new positions as our company continues to grow in the industry.”
Mark Balsmeyer has been named Director of the Jasper Production System (JPS). JPS is a combination of JASPER’s workforce and the processes and systems that guide the company’s remanufacturing procedures. Mark will lead a workshop team in early 2013, along with coordinating future workshops and Continuous Improvement initiatives. During his nine years with JASPER, Mark started his career in Inside Sales, and later managed the Willow Springs and Crawford County Transmission Divisions. “I’m excited to be given this opportunity to apply the lean manufacturing tools that I have learned over the past few years,” said Balsmeyer. “I look forward to teaching these principles to our organization and continuing to build on our never-ending commitment to Continuous Improvement.”
“As JASPER continues to grow and diversify into other opportunities, we will continue to look for leaders with cross-functional experiences within our company to take on additional responsibilities,” says Zach Bawel, JASPER President and Chief Operating Officer. “These individuals have proven themselves within other roles with JASPER.”
With the above mentioned changes, JASPER Executive Vice President of Production, Mike Schwenk, will shift his focus to spend more time leading several support divisions within the company, including: Indiana Tool & Die, Jasper Certified Components, Jasper Electric Motors, our Service Department and others, along with leading JASPER’s Manufacturing Planning Group.
The U-shaped area of POD 302 has made JASPER’s task of assembling a gas engine more efficient. Three of four PODS at the Jasper Facility have been reconfigured in a similar way.
The POD system of remanufacturing within the Gas Engine division at Jasper Engines & Transmissions is being transformed. There are four PODS within the division at the Jasper, Indiana, facility. The most noticeable changes have occured within the past year in three of the four assembly areas. “The improvements made in the assembly processes have stabilized the work flow by balancing the work among the Associates in that area,” said Mark Balsmeyer, Jasper Production System Manager.
This is the first major reconfiguration of the Gas Engine division since 2008, when the change was made from a progressive, or assembly style of remanufacturing, which entailed the disassembly, cleaning and repair in one facility to our POD system. The POD system allows engine remanufacturing, from a core to a finished product, within one manufacturing unit.
Each POD has specific engine families that it remanufactures. This allows each POD to become specialized in those engine families which helps JASPER produce a better quality product, produce it more efficiently and provide better availability to the customer.
Jasper Engines & Transmissions has this trailer scheduled to depart Saturday afternoon to deliver items directly to the People impacted by the tornado in Oklahoma.
Jasper Engines & Transmissions, OFS Brands and German American Bank are collecting items at various locations throughout the county for victims of the recent tornado in Oklahoma.
The following items are being requested: bottled water, Gatorade, wet wipes, diapers, individually wrapped snacks, hand sanitizer, sun screen, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, work gloves, heavy duty trash bags, shovels and buckets. Clothing will not be accepted. Cash donations can be made directly to German American Bank. All German American offices are registered collection sites with the American Red Cross to accept donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief efforts. You can drop off any cash or checks written to the American Red Cross at any of their offices in southern Indiana.
Items can be dropped off in Jasper Friday, May 24 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and tomorrow, May 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Jasper Engines & Transmissions trailer at Christian Church of Jasper, located at 1450 Energy Drive.
The Huntingburg site will be taking donations on Friday, May 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the OFS Brands trailer in the parking lot of Memorial Gym, located at 412 E. 5th Street.
JASPER recently acquired a Haas VF-6 CNC for its Diesel Division. This machine has the ability to resurface an engine block as well as bore the cylinders. “What makes the CNC machine better is that it can resurface a block twice as fast, compared to standard machining practices, without compromising surface finish,” says Ryan Dooley, JASPER Diesel Division Manager. “The machine can bore out the cylinders five times faster than standard machining.”
“It would take about 40 minutes to manually set up a block to be bored and resurfaced,” he added. “With the CNC machine, that process is cut in half.”
Dooley says the Haas VF-6 currently machines the bigger medium-duty engines remanufactured within the division. “It machines all of our Cummins engines, all of our Caterpillar and Duramax engines, and we have future plans to have it machine the counterbore inline International engines,” he said. “This CNC machine currently accounts for about 35% of our production.”
With the new CNC machining process, Dooley says the customer will see added value and benefits from a JASPER product. “We’re able to machine the same block, without compromising quality, in half the amount of time,” added Dooley. “So it’s helped us become more efficient in providing a product to the customer in a shorter amount of time.”
What are your plans for this year’s tax refund? How about spending it on one of your largest investments, your vehicle. That’s right! If you’ve been holding off on a major vehicle repair, now may be a favorable time to invest that tax refund on a one-time purchase for that much needed drivetrain component.
I know this sounds like an advertisement, but it does makes sense. As we rebound from the recent economic downturn, I think most of us would like to get ahead in respects to our own financial situations. By making an investment and repairing that parked vehicle ,with a JASPER product, you’ll be able to save and build that nest egg by not having the hassle of monthly new car payments and inflated insurance premiums.
We all like to treat our families and ourselves to nice things, maybe a vacation, the latest flat-screen TV, or just a simple dinner and a movie. My wife may disagree but, I am not a tightwad. I do enjoy making certain purchases, but I’m also conscience of things I can do to better secure our financial future. A couple of years ago, our minivan’s transmission was slipping horribly. To me, buying the JASPER replacement made sense, not just because I work the company, but because of the piece-of-mind and long-term savings. I can still remember the evening that I picked it up after the installation, it may seem silly but I felt like I was driving a new vehicle off of the lot. I think everyone should experience what I felt that evening, confidence in a product with a great warranty and the reassurance of making a great investment. Just something to think about when you get that refund from Uncle Sam.