Jasper Events

Fifth Annual Pie in the Eye

For the past five years, Jasper Engines & Transmission’s Relay for Life team, JET NASCURE, has sponsored the "Pie in the Eye" event to help raise money for the Dubois County Relay for Life. JASPER Associates donated $.25 per vote to see their favorite three of twelve candidates get a "Pie in the Eye." This year’s winner was Brady Walton from Indiana Tool & Die with 333 votes, second place went to Chip Morris from Inside Sales with 154 votes and Ryan Stiles from the Transmission Division rounded out the top three with 33 votes. It should be noted that Brady’s co-workers, along with the patronage of many JASPER Associates, helped boost his votes through break time breakfast sales of delicious snacks. This year’s Pie in the Eye event fetched $655.27, which JASPER will match bringing the event total to $1,310.54. JET NASCURE has already raised $10,322 in donations so far this year. 2013 Pie in the Eye

Ready, Set, Hunt...

2013 Easter Egg Hunt This past Saturday, JASPER hosted its annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of JASPER Associates. Approximately 100 children were present for this year's event. In a matter of only 13 minutes 1,100 plastic, candy-filled, eggs were gathered from the front lawn of the Jasper facility. The lucky youngsters who stumbled upon the uniquely identified, dotted, eggs were entitled to a trip to the prize table. The Easter Bunny and, just for fun, Bubbles the Clown were on hand to emcee the event. We even had a break in the weather, a little sunshine for the morning event.

JASPER Announced “Do It Right” Winners for 2012

In December 2012, six JASPER Associates were recognized by company Chairman/CEO, Doug Bawel, as winners of the annual ‘Do It Right’ Award. Throughout the year, supervisors or fellow Associates can nominate Associates for a ‘Do It Right’ Award. An Associate may be nominated for any form of outstanding service to JASPER, its Associates or customers. A total of 57 Associates were nominated for their services in 2012. At the end of the year, management reviews all the nominations and presents awards to the most outstanding nominees. The number of awards may vary from year to year, depending upon the number of deserving nominees. The winners for 2012 are: Eric Howell/Delivery Driver, Columbia Branch   Eric helped a woman stranded along the side of the road because her car ran out of gas. Eric stopped to give the woman assistance. He gave her cash out of his own pocket and helped her to a gas station. She was very grateful that JASPER employs such kind-hearted people that they take the time to help someone in need. Craig Leuck/Transmission Division Manager, Jasper Facility  On his way back from a conference in Chicago, Craig noticed a car pulled over in the ditch and noticed that the guy working on it wore a JASPER uniform. Though he was close to home, and talked about getting back in time to tuck his daughter in bed, Craig turned the van around to help his fellow Associate. Matt Williams/Maintenance and Casey Foye/Transmission Division, Crawford Facility  A fellow Associate shared with Matt and Casey that her only vehicle for transportation to work was not running and she was not able to pay to get the car fixed. Matt and Casey got a trailer, picked up the Associate’s car, subsequently fixed the car and also paid for the parts. Thanks for putting the needs of others first. Cathy Hayes/Gas Engine Division, Willow Springs Facility  Cathy was responsible for correcting a machining issue on five gas engines. We thank Cathy for her attention to detail and maintaining JASPER’s high quality standards. Chad Taylor/Maintenance, Crawford Facility  Using his Financial Peace University certification, Chad volunteered his own time to help a peer Associate through tough personal times by showing them life improving changes.

JASPER Rolling Showcase Prepares to Roll Out!

Jasper Engines & Transmissions will be on the road for 2013 celebrating over 70 years of business in the automotive remanufacturing industry. As a way to better educate the public on our remanufacturing capabilities, JASPER has updated its mobile marketing rig, appropriately named the "JASPER Rolling Showcase." The "Showcase" will make appearances at eight high-profile car shows and performance events from April through October. The JASPER Rolling Showcase brings along several product displays, including components from the gas engine, transmission, performance and Authentic Custom Drivetrain divisions. JASPER Associates are on hand at each event, so visitors can walk up and ask about our remanufacturing processes. What began as Alvin C. Ruxer’s insight has evolved into the largest mass remanufacturer in the world with an ongoing commitment to quality. JASPER’s Mission Statement is simple: "Do It Right... And Have Fun!" For over 70 years, JASPER has been committed to being a leading force in the automotive industry.

JASPER Rolling Showcase 2013 Travel Schedule

April 24-28 Carlisle, PA (Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral)

June 21-23 St. Paul, MN (MSRA Back to The 50s)

July 5-7 Des Moines, IA (Goodguys Heartland Nationals)

July 19-21 Syracuse, NY (Syracuse Nationals)

August 1-4 Louisville, KY (NSRA Nationals)

August 23-25 Evansville, IN (Frog Follies)

September 6-7 Pigeon Forge, TN (Shades of the Past)

October 10-12 Biloxi, MS (Cruisin’ The Coast)

JET Transit Safe Driving Awards

JET Drivers               JET Transit recently awarded Safe Driving Awards to two drivers, each achieving 250,000 Accident-Free Miles. Bobby Faulkenburg (at left) started with JET Transit on September 3, 2010. Wayne Beavin (at right) started with JET Transit on August 2, 2010. Jasper Engines & Transmissions congratulates both drivers for a job well done.

Senator Donnelly Visits Jasper Engines & Transmissions

                      Senator Joe Donnelly visited Jasper Engines & Transmissions Tuesday morning as part of his "I Work for You" tour. Senator Donnelly met with JASPER’s CEO Doug Bawel and discussed current political issues regarding employment, healthcare and government spending. Senator Donnelly commented that he has always admired our company and considers us a cornerstone of the Jasper economic community. Upon participating in the 2012 Jasper Strassenfest, Senator Donnelly was invited to return for a visit of the Jasper Engines and Transmissions, Jasper facility. After a press conference, the Senator was given a personal tour of the facility by Bawel. We appreciate Senator Donnelly’s visit and his interest in keeping in touch with the business community.  

Linda Carver Named Master Truck Driver

                        JASPER congratulates Linda Carver of JET Transit for earning the Indiana Motor Truck Association's Master Truck Driver Award. Linda was presented this award for her achievement of 1,000,000 Accident-Free miles. That's equivalent to driving around the world 126 times! Barry Miller, IMTA Director of Safety, presented the certificate. Linda joins the ranks of eleven other JET Transit drivers who have earned this certification.

JASPER Says “Thank You” to Our Veteran Associates

A special Veterans Day lunch was recently held for Associates at each of JASPER’s remanufacturing facilities (Jasper, Crawford, Willow Springs) who served in branches of the United States Military.

Veterans Day traces its roots back to 1938, when Congress declared November 11th of each year a legal holiday, known as "Armistice Day." This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and in the early 1950’s American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans’ service organizations urged Congress to change the word "Armistice" to "Veterans". Congress approved this change and on June 1st, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor all American veterans, wherever, and whenever, they had served.

JASPER says "Thank You" to the men and women who served in the Armed Forces of our great country.

Military Veterans from the Jasper (top) and Crawford (middle) facilities received their special lunch November 9th. Veterans at the Willow Springs (below) facility were treated to lunch November 8th.

 

JASPER Hot Air Balloon Team

  The JASPER Hot Air Balloon is made by Lindstrand Balloons USA. It is a sixty-nine thousand cubic foot envelope. That means approximately sixty-nine thousand basketballs could fit inside the balloon. The balloon burns propane for fuel, and expels about 15 million BTU's when burning. Hot air balloons are at the mercy of the winds, so it is only flown when the surface winds are ten miles an hour or less. The balloon is flown the first two hours after sunrise and the last two hours before sunset to avoid thermal heating during the midday hours. Like other Jasper Performance Products, the JASPER Balloon competes at races designed to test the balloon and pilot skills. We compete at both the local and national levels. The pilot, Warren D. Smith is a commercially rated pilot with ratings in fixed wing and seaplane aircraft as well as lighter than air. Warren won Rookie of the Year honors at the 2004 United States Hot Air Balloon National Championships sanctioned by The Balloon Federation Of America.  

Morgenthaler Holds Rend Lake Fishing Tournament

 
JASPER-sponsored bass angler, Chad Morgenthaler, recently held his annual Benefit Bass Fishing Tournament on Rend Lake in southern Illinois.
This event was held in the fall for the first time in the seven-year history of the Tournament. The day turned out to be a cold one for the competitors. The weather didn’t matter to Ricky Byrnes and Earl Sigley. The Illinois duo caught five bass totaling 19 pounds, 15 ounces. That’s over six pounds more than the second place team of Ed Daniels and Jeff Atchison. Byrnes and Sigley earned $2,500 for the victory, plus a $500 bonus for catching the biggest bass of the tournament. The winners caught their fish on rock and wood structures. "Rend Lake in the fall, when the weather gets cold like this, they eat," Byrnes said. "They’re feeding because they feel winter coming on, so we threw them swim baits, spinner baits and crank baits and caught our fish that way." The Chad Morgenthaler Benefit Bass Fishing Tournament has raised a total of $180,000 in its seven-year history for various causes. This year’s benefit raised nearly $17,000 for the Illinois Conservation Foundation, Five-Star Industries and a number of local high school fishing teams. "These guys really reached deep this year," said Morgenthaler. "The money is going to some great causes."