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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle:  What was the first model year for the 12-cylinder mid-engined Ferrari
Testarossa?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which Japanese automaker produced the Cosmo grand
touring coupé
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Mazda

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle:  Which Japanese automaker produced the Cosmo grand touring coupé?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which British car company produces the mid-engined
Exige sports car
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Lotus

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced

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Schnaus Named JASPER Regional Branch Operations Manager

Schnaus, Bryan Jasper Engines & Transmissions is pleased to announce that Bryan Schnaus has been named a Regional Operations Manager for the Branch Auditing Department.

Bryan has been a JASPER Associate since 2011.  As Regional Branch Operations Manager, he will oversee the operations at 21 of JASPER’s 43 branch offices from coast to coast.  Bryan will work closely with the staff at these branches to ensure operations are running smoothly and that JASPER continues their tradition of building strong relationships with customers and Associates.

Established in 2002, and known within the company as “The A-Team”, the Branch Auditing Department is responsible for establishing and maintaining the policies and procedures for all 43 branch locations.  Along with establishing standard operating procedures, the A-Team audits branches twice a year to ensure these standards are met. The department also serves as a liaison between the branches and manufacturing, addressing concerns and suggestions for improvement that come from the branches.

“I am extremely proud of Bryan and what he has accomplished in his short career here,” said Kevin Powell, JASPER National Operations Manager. “He has an incredible energy level and has earned the respect of management here at JASPER and our branch management team as well. I’m very excited for him and his future at JASPER.”

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle:  Which British car company produces the mid-engined Exige sports car?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which American automobile manufacturer advertised its
Model J as “The World’s Finest Motor Car”
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Duesenberg

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Terry J.

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Brosmer, Kate

Jasper Engines & Transmissions is pleased to announce that Kate Brosmer has earned the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification. The PHR certification is offered through Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI).

Kate, a graduate of Indiana University, has been Associated with the People Services and Corporate Care department at JASPER for two years.

HRCI has been the global leader in professional credentialing for the HR profession since 1976. Through the combination of formal education, adherence to high ethical standards, demonstrated knowledge and achievement through exam and a renewed commitment to continuing professional development, HR professionals certified by the HR Certification Institute enhance their professional credibility and the organizations they serve.

Today, more than 135,000 HR professionals in 100 countries proudly maintain the HR Certification Institute’s credentials as a mark of high professional distinction.

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JASPER Offers Remanufactured Cummins 6.7L Holset Turbo

Holset Turbo

Jasper Engines & Transmissions is pleased to offer a remanufactured Holset HE351VE turbocharger. This turbo is for 2007 and current Cummins 6.7L diesel engine applications.

“Each JASPER remanufactured Cummins 6.7L Holset turbo undergoes a three-step balancing process,” said Ryan Dooley, JASPER Diesel Division Manager. “The turbine shaft/wheel assembly, and the compressor wheel, are individually balanced on a component balancer.”

The rotating assembly, or center section, is then balanced on a high speed VSR machine. “The center section is balanced at over 70,000 RPM.” said Dooley. “We verify balance is at .05 grams per square inch or below for best operation and improved turbo life.”

In addition to the value-added quality remanufacturing steps to provide a perfect product, great care is taken to ensure each component can stand up to the rigors of everyday life. “Each Cummins 6.7L Holset turbo receives new bearings and thrust packages, 100% new seals on pushrods to keep exhaust gases out of the bearing housing, along with new cross shaft seals to prevent oil leaks out of the actuator drive gear port,” said Dooley. “We also install new stainless steel cup plugs to prevent corrosion.”

The variable geometry of this turbo is controlled by a sophisticated CAN controlled module. “Each of these actuators has its CAN network communication verified and is electronically calibrated to the turbo,” added Dooley.  “100% new seals are used to keep the coolant used to cool the actuator away from the delicate electronics inside.”     

The JASPER remanufactured Cummins 6.7L Holset turbo is covered by a one-year, unlimited mile, nationwide parts and labor warranty. Full warranty disclosure is available at www.jasperengines.com or upon request.

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Lewis County Fleet Services

This Customer Profile takes us to Chehalis, Washington. Situated between Portland, Oregon, and Olympia, Washington, it is the home of Lewis County Fleet Services, a full service auto and truck facility, specializing in fleet repair.

Owner, Bill Franz, had 18 years of automotive experience with Chrysler and Ford as a Master Technician. A friend of Bill’s opened a business in 1990 selling trailers and asked Bill to take care of his trucks. Their fleet grew from 2 to 22 trucks. During that time, word spread of Bill’s quality repairs and, in response, he opened his own business in 1999. The business started with Bill and his wife, Debbie, with two service bays located at 863 Koontz Road in Chehalis. Fast-Forward to today… Lewis County Fleet Services is still on Koontz Road, but now has eight employees working in six service bays and 4,000 square feet of space. Additional equipment at their disposal includes an alignment rack, high-tech driveability diagnostics with OEM scan tools and brake machining tools. “Basically everything except the exhaust,” said Bill.

“Our job is to provide a family-friendly and comfortable environment,” he added. “We use displays and parts to educate our customers to help increase their vehicle knowledge and build trust.” Five of the eight employees are ASE-Certified technicians in various criteria, including Manager, Diagnosis, Transmission, Brakes and two Master Technicians. Lewis County Fleet Services requires technicians to further their automotive education, and reimburses the cost of courses with a passing grade.

Since 2005, Lewis County Fleet Services has been an installer of JASPER remanufactured products, including gas and diesel engines, diesel fuel components, transmissions, transfer cases and differentials. “We will only use JASPER for our remanufactured products,” said Bill, “because of the consistent quality, warranty and reputation in the industry.” “Our customers are our closet friends,” he added. “It is imperative to build a trusting relationship with our customers, so we can help solve the issues with their vehicles which, in turn, affect their lives.” As for the future, Bill’s daughter, Kristi, will take over the business when Bill retires, “which will not be for a longtime,” he quickly added. But for now, Lewis County Fleet Services will continue to provide excellent customer service that exceeds customer expectations.

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle:  Which American automobile manufacturer advertised its Model J as
“The World’s Finest Motor Car”
?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What was the first model year for the Lincoln Navigator SUV?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1998

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

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Automotive Trivia

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Friddle:  What was the first model year for the Lincoln Navigator SUV?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which American Brass Era automobile manufacturer
used the slogan “No Hill Too Steep” “No Sand Too Deep”
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Jackson Automobile Company

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

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JASPER Driveline Division Prepares for 2015 Racing Season

A new year of racing is upon us. The Driveline Division of Jasper Engines & Transmissions looks to build upon an impressive 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Five of the top 10 drivers in the 2014 final points standings drove cars equipped with JASPER products: Denny Hamlin finished third, Joey Logano was fourth, Brad Keselowski was fifth, Matt Kenseth was seventh and Kyle Busch was tenth.

Sprint Cup Series cars equipped with JASPER products accounted for 16 wins in 2014, 72 top-five finishes, 125 top-ten finishes, and earned 15 pole position starts. “Everyone was very satisfied with our products in 2014,” says Terry DeKemper, JASPER Driveline Division Manager. “We’re definitely looking forward to 2015.”

Preparing for the 2015 racing season has left the division little time to reflect on previous success. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth will have their cars equipped with the JASPER traditional three-rail 4-Speed Transmission. Michael Waltrip Racing drivers Clint Boyer and Brian Vickers, along with Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex, will use JASPER’s single-rail version of the 4-Speed that allows a single external rail to rotate and move two internal forks to engage the four forward gears. Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney, will have their Sprint Cup Series cars equipped with a JASPER Differential for 2015.

“These race teams choose JASPER for our quality, durability and longevity with no component issues,” said DeKemper. “That’s huge when you try and run for a Championship… You can’t afford to fall out of one race.”

The JASPER Driveline Division has worked with race teams in response to NASCAR’s implementation of tapered spacers on Sprint Cup Series engines for 2015. The spacers reduce engine horsepower and DeKemper anticipates a busy year ahead as transmission gearing is expected to dramatically change at each event. “The engines will make about 150 horsepower less than last year, and it will be vital for drivers to maintain high engine RPM during the race,” he said. “We’re expecting drivers to do a lot more on-track shifting, even at tracks where they do not normally shift gears.”

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