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.

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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.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Ford produced the lightweight Mustang SSP for law enforcement agencies from 1982 through 1993. What does the acronym SSP stand for? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: In July of 1961, which JASPER branch moved into a former movie theater? Hint: The answer can be found in JASPER's "A 70 Year History"? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Nashville, TN Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

JASPER Offers Late-Model Cummins ISB 6.7L Rear Gear Train Complete Diesel Engine

Cummins 6.7L RGT                               Jasper Engines & Transmissions is pleased to announce a product extension to our Cummins 6.7L diesel engine family. JASPER now offers the late-model Cummins ISB 6.7 liter Common Rail Rear Gear Train Complete engine for the following 2007 and newer applications:

  • Freightliner Truck
  • Blue Bird Bus
  • Thomas Bus
  • Ford F650 & F750

This engine is available on exchange. It includes the block, head, crank, cam, rods, valve train, oil pump, oil pan and pickup tube, oil filter, oil cooler, inner & outer gear covers and finishing gaskets. "JASPER’s remanufactured engine includes machining, assembly and testing processes that will help assure the customer of maximum engine life and performance," said Fred Ernst, JASPER Diesel Marketing Manager. The late-model Cummins ISB 6.7 liter Common Rail Rear Gear Train Complete is covered by a one year parts and labor warranty. Full warranty disclosure is available on our website or upon request. For more information on the remanufactured diesel products of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, contact us at 1-800-827-7455.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: In July of 1961, which JASPER branch moved into a former movie theater? Hint: The answer can be found in JASPER's "A 70 Year History". Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which Jaguar roadster was developed under project code "X152"? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: F-Type Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Oklahoma Aid is on its Way...

Donation Trailer 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.