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The JASPER Rolling Showcase Visits the Heartland...

2013 Heartland Nationals, IA The JASPER Rolling Showcase rolled out earlier this week for its third show of the season. Today and throughout this weekend you’ll find us at the Goodguys 22nd Heartland Nationals in Des Moines, IA.
This year’s show features over 4,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks through ’72. There are many vendor and manufacturer exhibits, an auto cross, swap meet, live music, free entertainment for the kids and a fireworks extravaganza on Saturday night at approximately 9:30pm. Stop by the JASPER exhibit and check out our many product displays, informative videos and on-line pricing. If you have any questions about our products, or reviving your ride, feel free to ask one of our friendly representatives. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: What is the second stroke on a four-stroke internal combustion engine? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automotive brand used the slogan "The Ultimate Driving Machine"? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: BMW Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: John H.

Double Win Weekend in Racing

JASPER 4-Speed Transmission and Differential in the Winning Cars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series Races Respectively It was a double win this past weekend for JASPER Race Products as Martin Truex, Jr. and AJ Allmendinger won the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series events respectively. A recap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers running JASPER Race Products is as follows: 1st        Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 5th        Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 11th      Joey Logano (JASPER Differential) 13th      Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 19th      Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 21st      Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) 23rd      Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 35th      Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) Five drivers running JASPER Race Products are in the Chase standings. Clint Bowyer is 3rd, Matt Kenseth is 5th, Kyle Busch is 8th, Brad Keselowski is 9th and Martin Truex, Jr. is 10th. Five drivers ran JASPER Race Products in Saturday's Johnsonville Sausage 200 Presented by Menards Nationwide Series race at Road America. AJ Allmendinger won the event running a JASPER Differential. The following is a recap of drivers running JASPER Race Products in this weekend's NASCAR Nationwide Series event: 1st        AJ Allmendinger (JASPER Differential) 4th       Owen Kelly (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 5th       Sam Hornish, Jr. (JASPER Differential) 6th       Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 34th     Michael McDowell (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which German automotive brand used the slogan "The Ultimate Driving Machine"? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which U.S. automaker uses the slogan “We are Professional Grade.” in their advertisements? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: GM - (Brand: GMC) Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Matthew T.

Promoting from Within: Changes Made to JASPER Production Leadership

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.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which U.S. automaker uses the slogan “We are Professional Grade.” in their advertisements? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: The Hyundai Tiburon is the predecessor to what sport compact? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Veloster Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

POD Transformation in JASPER's Gas Engine Division

POD                 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.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: The Hyundai Tiburon is the predecessor to what sport compact? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automaker is celebrating the Golden Anniversary of its iconic sports car with a 50th Anniversary Edition? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Porsche (911) Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Sandra C. - Laguna Niguel

A Great Weekend for JASPER Race Products at Dover International Speedway

It was a strong showing for JASPER Race Products, with five drivers finishing in the top ten at Dover International Speedway in Sunday's FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks. Kyle Busch finished fourth with a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, Brad Keselowski finished fifth with a JASPER Differential, Clint Bowyer finished sixth with a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, Joey Logano finished seventh with a JASPER Differential and Mark Martin finished 9th, respectively, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission. A recap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers running JASPER Race Products is as follows: 4th        Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 5th        Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) 6th        Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 7th        Joey Logano (JASPER Differential) 9th        Mark Martin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 34th      Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 38th      Martin Truex Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 40th      Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) Four drivers running JASPER Race Products are in the Chase standings. Clint Bowyer is 3rd, Matt Kenseth is 4th, Brad Keselowski is 8th and Kyle Busch is 9th. In Saturday's 5-Hour Energy 200 Nationwide Series race at Dover International Speedway, Joey Logano, running a JASPER Differential won his first race of the season.  This was his third consecutive win at the Monster Mile. Sam Hornish Jr. finished 7th, respectively, running a JASPER Differential.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which German automaker is celebrating the Golden Anniversary of its iconic sports car with a 50th Anniversary Edition? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Ford produced the lightweight Mustang SSP for law enforcement agencies from 1982 through 1993. What does the acronym SSP stand for? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Special Service Package Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Arlin S.