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Gas Division Renovation/Relocation Nearing Completion

The renovation and relocation project within the Gas Engine Division at JASPER’s Wernsing Road remanufacturing facility is nearing completion.

For the past year, the five reconfigured major production work areas, called PODs, have been laid out with open aisleways, improved daytime lighting fixtures and greater accessibility for materials. The project takes advantage of space left behind by the Drivetrain Divisions (Transmission and Differential) when they moved to Power Drive last year.
 
“What’s left to be done involves moving the production groups that remain on the second floor of our building to the main floor,” said Matt Weinzapfel, JASPER Vice President of Engine Manufacturing. “Our JASPER Authentic Custom Drivetrain Engine Group will move to the main floor and be set up like a regular production POD, in order to take on additional volume. The Lifter and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) support group will also move to the ground floor, which will make them more accessible to the engine remanufacturing work areas.”

Weinzapfel said the process of driving improvement in production has really happened over the last 3-4 years, with a lot of workshop activities and LEAN manufacturing methodologies in those areas. “What we lacked was the floor space to really configure a layout that was conducive to support the changes we were making,” he said. “We’ve driven a lot of improvement in setting standards, making tools available to the operator and having visuals in place for inventory control,” added Weinzapfel. “By making these layout changes, it’s opened up the floor space, allowing the operator a more visual work environment. It’s allowing a Team Leader to effectively lead his team and provide support to the operators who are working in the PODs.”
 
A major goal of the project was the accessibility of Associates to deliver necessary materials to work areas within each POD. This is done through the planning of wide, open aisleways between each set of PODs from which materials can easily flow, and give Associates more room to operate within their respective work areas.
 
Each production POD includes work areas for disassembly, parts prep, block machining, head machining, inspection, final assembly, and live run testing. Supporting departments, including crankshaft, camshaft, rod and pump, are located at the head of the production lines, allowing conveyance Associates to pass through one area of the plant, pick up necessary materials, and deliver to the remanufacturing work areas.
 
 
 

Automotive Trivia 6/24/16

Friddle: What is the name of Hyundai Motor Company's luxury vehicle division?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: What year was the Volvo Car Company founded?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1927
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced

 

 

Automotive Trivia 6/17/16

Friddle: What year was the Volvo Car Company founded?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: 
Which German automobile manufacturer produced the
Ur-Quattro?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Audi
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

 

 

Automotive Trivia 6/10/16

Friddle: Which German automobile manufacturer produced the Ur-Quattro?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: 
What is the name of the driver who won the 100th running
of the 
Indianapolis 500?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Alexander Rossi
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

 

 

2016 "Pie in the Eye" Fundraiser


2016 "Pie in the Eye" Participants
 

This year's "Pie in the Eye" event raised nearly $1,353.00 for Dubois County Relay for Life. It was, by far, the most successful fundraiser in its nine-year history. Third place went to two lucky Associates. Alex Ernst received a pie from last year’s top recipient, Dave Sutton. Chris "Rocky" Arvin earned a “matching” third place pie, and it was thrown by TJ Abrams.

 


Alex Ernst received a pie from last year's top recipient, Dave Sutton.

 


"Rocky" earned a "matching" third place pie, thrown by TJ Abrams.

 


Teresa Kortea won a raffle to throw a pie at second place recipient Jeremie Elliot.

 

The second place pie was given to Jeremie Elliot, who was a willing participant, even raising money for himself. Jeremie raffled off the chance for an Associate to throw his pie, which was won by Teresa Kortea.

 


This year's top recipient was Nicole Tanner from the ITD division.

 

Associates from Indiana Tool & Die held several fundraisers to make sure their candidate, Nicole Tanner, got her just desserts. Their efforts once again paid off as Nicole had $505.50 raised against her, to be this year’s top recipient. “It’s definitely the most fun event we do at JASPER,” said Cori Wilson, event coordinator. “If it weren’t for these Associates donating their faces for us to throw pies at, we couldn’t have done it.” “We know how fortunate we are, as a company, to be able to do these crazy events,” she added. “We’re Doing It Right AND Having Fun!

 



 

Automotive Trivia 6/03/16

Friddle: What is the name of the driver who won the 100th running of the
Indianapolis 500?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: What is the make and model of the pace car for the
100th running of the Indianapolis 500 this upcoming Sunday, May 29, 2016?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS – 50th Anniversary Edition
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced

 

 

Automotive Trivia 5/27/16

Friddle: What is the make and model of the pace car for the 100th running
of the Indianapolis 500 this upcoming Sunday, May 29, 2016?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: What does the automotive related acronym NGK stand for?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Nippon Gaishi Kaisha
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced

 

 

A New Quick and Easy Way to Schedule a Core Pick-up!



The Customer Installation Instructions packaged with each JASPER Product
will include a QR Code which links to the JASPER Core Pick-up Page.


Moving forward, June 1st, 2016 and after, all JASPER Products being produced will include a Core Pick-up QR Code at the lower right folded corner of the Customer Installation Instructions. To use this convenient new service, all you will need is a smartphone or tablet with a QR Code Reader App (which can be downloaded for free from most App Stores). Simply open a QR Code Reader App, scan the Core Pick-up QR Code, enter the Production Number located at the lower left folded corner of the Customer Installation Instructions, enter your zip code and tap the Request Pickup button. You're done! It's just that easy. Customers will also still be able to schedule a core pick-up without the QR Code on the JASPER website or by phone. This QR Code is just another way JASPER can add convenience to you and your busy schedule.

Note: Units already in inventory at our distribution centers and branches will not include this code.
 

 


 

Interns Connect with JASPER

Connect with JASPER, a comprehensive internship program, was started three years ago as an attempt to "connect" with current college students by giving them a well-rounded internship over the summer months. So what does this mean? If we want to attain our goal of being the "Employer of Choice", we must educate our youth on the opportunities available at JASPER. If a college student doesn't realize what job opportunities are available, what's to keep them from going elsewhere?

This program is an 11 week internship that gives 8 college students the chance to learn about remanufacturing, gain valuable lean tools, learn a wide array of life skills and get a chance to create a community service project. All of this is intended to shape our youth by giving them the knowledge they need to succeed in business and more importantly, LIFE.

Connect with JASPER begins with a week in our DOJO Training Center focusing on the history of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, our culture and hands-on skills necessary in remanufacturing.

The team then commence upon a 10 week journey that has them learning and applying workshop principles. These include: creating standards, eliminating hard work, designing intuitive work spaces and leaving the Team Leader of the area doable work.

Along with these tools the team gets a chance to learn very important life skills, such as: how to set up a loan, service a vehicle, save for retirement and what benefits really mean. We also challenge them with a book review and pair them up with a mentor from an area that relates to their current studies.

If that isn't enough, they get to learn about philanthropy and decide on a community service project they can work on together as a team. We have had 14 interns graduate from this program and several have decided to return to JASPER. The next group of interns will actually be led by a former team member. It is our hope that we can continue to grow this program as we move forward into the future!

 

 



 

Automotive Trivia 5/20/16

Friddle: What does the automotive related acronym NGK stand for?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: Since 2004, which automotive brand has manufactured
and marketed the LaCrosse?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Buick
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Amanda M. – Charleston, TN