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JASPER® Names Dooley, Hoffman, Gregory, to New Leadership Positions

Ryan Dooley (left) was named Director of Diesel Manufacturing.  Scott Hoffman (center) was named Director of Gas Engine Manufacturing.  Matt Gregory (right) was named Plant Superintendent of the Willow Springs facility.

 

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has announced the following changes in production leadership. Ryan Dooley was named Director of Diesel Manufacturing, and Scott Hoffman was named Director of Gas Engine Manufacturing. In addition, JASPER named Matt Gregory the Plant Superintendent of the Willow Springs remanufacturing facility in Willow Springs, Missouri.
 
Ryan began his career with JASPER in 1997 in failure analysis and has had various roles, including Customer Service Manager, Fuel Room Group Leader, and Diesel Division Manager. “Ryan will continue oversight of diesel engine manufacturing, the fuel and air program, the Jasper West cylinder head operation, and Jasper Certified Components,” said JASPER President Matt Weinzapfel. “Additionally, Ryan will begin working with Associates supporting the parts stores and conveyance groups within the Dubois County and Willow Springs facilities.”
 
Scott has been with JASPER since 2007. He has worked in Customer Service, Quality, and within the gas engine group as a Team Leader, Group Leader, and Division Manager. “Scott will continue his oversight of the Jasper and Crawford Gas Divisions and will begin working with our Willow Springs Engine Division as well,” Weinzapfel added.
 
Matt has been with JASPER since the Willow Springs facility began operation in 2004. “He has led our Willow Springs Gas Engine Division for his entire JASPER career and has been instrumental in the overall success of our Willow operation,” Weinzapfel said. “In light of the tremendous growth we have seen at Willow, Matt will begin offering support to our Willow Springs Maintenance, Materials, Quality, and JPS groups, ensuring alignment with our corporate initiatives. He will also continue to be active in the most recent building expansion, the renovation and improvement of the existing facility, and the development of the future leaders of the Willow manufacturing operation.”

 

 

Weinzapfel Named Jasper Engines & Transmissions President

Jasper Holdings, Inc. has named Matt Weinzapfel, President of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, headquartered in Jasper, Indiana. Zach Bawel, President of Jasper Holdings, Inc., shared, "We are excited to have Matt leading Jasper Engines & Transmissions. Matt's cross-functional background of 30 years within JASPER® helps bring well-rounded ideas and perspectives to our Executive Leadership Team. We know Matt will help guide Jasper Engines & Transmissions as we continue to grow in the future."

Weinzapfel began his career at JASPER in May of 1992 as an intern working in branch auditing and accounting for five years. Afterward, Weinzapfel spent six years as general manager of JASPER's Crawford County operations. Weinzapfel later spent three years as general manager of Gas and Diesel Engine operations for the Jasper and Crawford facilities, two years as a member of the JASPER Production System, and as Diesel Division manager for three years. Matt has been a Vice President in Engine Manufacturing and became Chief Operating Officer last year.

"Matt brought his unique skill set to our Executive Committee the last twelve years as our VP of the Engine Divisions and most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer of Jasper Engines and Transmissions. We believe in promoting from within and are excited to see Matt in his new role. Matt, like our other presidents, will report up through Jasper Holdings," said Jasper Holdings, Inc. Chairman/CEO Doug Bawel.

"It has been a blessing to be a part of this organization for the past 30 years and witness the creation and growth of our ESOP," said Weinzapfel. "It is exciting to see the tremendous growth in our remanufacturing businesses, as well as the expansion of the Jasper Holdings, Inc. family of companies through acquisitions. I appreciate the opportunity to work with all our Associate-Owners to make JASPER the Company of Choice for our future Associate-Owners, and the Brand of Choice for our Customers."

Jasper Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Jasper Electric Motors, Jasper Innovative Solutions, Weller Truck Parts, Diesel USA Group, D&W Diesel, and Jer-Den Plastics. Jasper Holdings, Inc. is one of the nation's 35 largest 100% ESOP companies, with over 4,100 Associate-Owners across the seven companies.

 

 

Connect with JASPER® Internship Program Opportunities

 

 

Connect with JASPER is an innovative internship opportunity unlike any typical internship program. This partnership is unique to JASPER and encourages students to be creative and collaborate as a team to gain the most from their experience! The program is designed to develop students in three valuable areas of their life: professionally, personally, and culturally. For this program, JASPER is accepting students who have completed their first year of college, giving priority to children, and grandchildren, of JASPER Associate-Owners.

Connect with JASPER’s Mission Statement is to connect the missing piece between classroom education and the real-life experiences in a workplace through stimulating exercises and engaging activities.

JASPER understands the importance of bridging the gap between education and industry at an early age. This program will do so by challenging students with exceptional learning opportunities to prepare them for future experiences in the classroom and in the workforce.

Connect with JASPER introduces students to the core competencies of our business by gaining hands-on experience in manufacturing and lean management systems. Additionally, students will be educated on the importance of developing life skills at an early age and to prepare them to make better decisions in life, both short-term and long-term.

 

Learn more about the Connect with JASPER Internship Program by clicking this video link... https://youtu.be/sy0-gZodkAo

 

 

JASPER® Adopts 3D Printing Technology

 

 

JASPER uses SLS printers to make parts suitable for use in production areas and to make tools that are sent with a unit to help with a customer’s installation.

 

3D printing is rapidly changing the manufacturing landscape. JASPER has adopted this technology not only for internal uses by our Associates but for our customers as well.  

Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing allows the production, or printing, of physical parts from digital models created on a computer.

“JASPER started using a Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) printer several years ago,” said JASPER Drivetrain and Product Development Engineer Shane Petty. “JASPER mainly used this printer for rapid prototyping and light-duty fixtures.”

“In the last three years, we have added a Stereo Lithographic Apparatus (SLA) and two Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) printers,” said Petty. “These have allowed us to make parts that are suitable for use in our production lines.”

A broad range of items is currently produced from a newly-created 3D Printing area in JASPER’s Corporate Headquarters. “Customers may see retainers, connectors, or plugs that have come from our 3D printing area,” Petty said. “We also make some of the tools we send with a unit to help with installation, like our crank sensor alignment tool.”

“Additive manufacturing has many benefits,” Petty added. “It gives us a cost-effective way to produce prototype parts. It also gives us another tool to help overcome the supply chain issues that are so common in manufacturing today.”

 

Click on the video link for further detailed information... https://youtu.be/WM7iAtFElj4

 

 

JETT Presents Grants to Local/National Non-Profit Groups

 

 

 

Jasper Endows Today & Tomorrow (JETT) presented ten 2022 grants totaling $29,670.00 in December to local and national non-profit organizations. These organizations include:

 

  • Young Women Lead - $2,500.00
  • Free Science - $2,500.00
  • H.U.G.S. Ranch - $3,800.00
  • Blackhawk Blessings - $2,500.00
  • Brothers for Veterans - $2,208.00
  • Jasper Strassenfest, Inc. - $156.65
  • Kids Repair Program - $1,000.00
  • Community Chew Endowment - $2,500.00
  • Mentors for Youth Dubois County - $4,500.00
  • Ele’s Place - $8,000.00

 

Each year a portion of member donations builds the JETT endowment, which currently totals over $330,000. JETT has awarded 73 grants since its inception in 2013, totaling nearly $260,000. JETT membership has steadily increased from 29 members in 2013 to over 279 in 2022. “All of these charitable gifts would not be possible without the matching partnership of JASPER® and our generous membership,” added JETT founder Mark Balsmeyer. “We are blessed with the ability to support our community’s non-profit organizations through membership contributions and member-driven fundraising events throughout the year.”

 

JETT is a giving circle for Associate-Owners of Jasper Holdings, Inc. and their families that focuses on pooling resources, which creates a more significant combined impact on our communities. Their goal is to learn more about philanthropic opportunities and support those organizations that promote thoughtful giving.

 

 

 

JASPER® Uses LECO Mass Spectrometer to Analyze Metal Composition

 

JASPER may surpass excellence in the never-ending quest to produce The Perfect Product. One of the ways we do that is through the use of cutting-edge technology, such as this LECO Mass Spectrometer. It's used to measure the chemical compositions of different metal alloys within the components we use in remanufacturing. 

 

"We use it to help us reverse-engineer different parts," said JASPER Product Design Engineer Noah Fritchley. "We also use it to hold our vendors accountablefor supplying us good parts." 

 

The mass spectrometer works by burning a sample from a metal-alloy component. The machine evaluates the ions coming off that burn, telling us the chemical composition of that alloy. "That would include, in a simple way of putting it, it tells us what the ingredients are for a cake mixture," said Fritchley. "It doesn't tell us necessarily how that cake was baked, but it does tell us what the ingredients are." 

 

Using a mass spectrometer helps JASPER improve quality and reduces the risk of substandard parts getting to the customer. "With all the global supply chain issues that we've seen, we have seen vendors changing materials in our parts," Fritchley added. "This is one machine to help further reduce the risk of inferior parts getting to our customer." If you'd like to learn more about the remanufactured products here at Jasper Engines & Transmissions, contact us at 800.827.7455 or www.jasperengines.com.

 

 

Click on the video link for further detailed information... https://youtu.be/_3Q17na7qWE

 

 

Jasper Holdings, Inc. Announces 2021 ESOP Share Value!

 

Associate-Owner shareholders of the Jasper Holdings, Inc. Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP), were presented Tuesday with some outstanding news.  Jasper Holdings, Inc. Chairman/CEO Doug Bawel announced a new all-time record price of $774.38 per share. “This is up $214.58 per share over our previous record, a 37% increase in one year,” said Bawel.  He went on to explain, “a total of 36,854 new shares were distributed, bringing the total ESOP value allocated to shareholders to over $367 Million since its inception in 2009.”

Bawel shared, “Our ESOP has truly been a game changer for our Associate-Owners in their retirement strategy. We have a total of 2,529 active Associate-Shareholders today; 954 or 37% of those have greater than $100,000 in stock, and 1,468, or 58%, have greater than $50,000.”

 “This is all in addition to our matching 401k retirement plan, which has over $245 Million invested,” he said.

“Today, our market capitalization is in excess of $1.115 Billion, a $291 Million increase over 2020. This is Awesome!” Bawel said. “Our JASPER family has been truly blessed by great customers who have been so patient through these material and labor shortages.”

He added, “Our success is a direct reflection of our Associate-Owners and their commitment to Do it Right in these challenging times. We have been Blessed with great Associate-Owners who have continued to stay focused on what is in our control; a never-ending commitment to improvements in Safety, Quality, Productivity, Customer Service, and Reduction of Waste.”

 

JASPER Remanufactured GM AFM-Delete Engine

Active Fuel Management, or AFM for short, refers to cylinder deactivation. GM uses it to shut down cylinders under light load conditions to improve fuel economy with their V8 engines. However, Jasper Engines & Transmissions has determined the AFM system can cause some issues with the engine over time.
   
“In researching this engine, we found that most of the cores coming in had collapsed lifters,” said JASPER New Product Development Group Leader Brad Boeglin. “The collapsed lifter is the effect, but not the root cause of the failure. The root cause can be mistimed command events from the ECM, oil viscosity, oil temperature, restricted orifices in the LOMA board, and low oil pressure.”

JASPER uses a press to install cam bearings on all of JASPER’s remanufactured LS & LT engine platforms to reduce distortion or bearing damage, and each engine goes through an extensive cleaning cycle. “This takes care of two root causes. However, JASPER cannot do anything to correct the command from the ECM or the oil viscosity,” said Boeglin. “For this reason, JASPER’s developed and released an AFM-delete engine that removes the system entirely. We replace the original cam with a non-AFM version, remove AFM lifters, install all standard lifters, and remove the AFM solenoids.”

With the AFM hardware parts removed from the engine, installers must modify the vehicle’s ECM so it will not set codes or try to command the AFM system, which would shut off spark and fuel to the cylinders. “A tuner is supplied with every AFM engine, allowing the installer access to the ECM and modifying the AFM system,” said Boeglin. “JASPER has instructions to help walk installers through the process.”

With internal changes to the AFM-Delete engine and ECM modifications, JASPER has noticed a half to one and a half-mile per gallon reduction in fuel economy. “It depends on the amount of city to highway driving the customer does with the vehicle,” Boeglin said. From an emission standpoint, the GEN IV JASPER AFM-Delete engine has gone through the California emission testing process and received a CARB executive order # D-391-1, which allows it to be legally sold in all 50 states. “The GEN V version is currently 49 state compliant, and we are actively working on obtaining a CARB EO for that version too,” added Boeglin.

For more information on the AFM-Delete engine and the complete line of JASPER remanufactured products, log onto jasperengines.com, or call 800.827.7455.

 

Click on the video link for further detailed information...https://youtu.be/ANGJQr1N6ic

January 2022 JASPER® Calendar Winner

 

 

 
 
THE DRAGSTER Brian Williams of St. Johns, FL, has a need for speed! He purchased his 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air 33 years ago in hopes of burning some rubber on the drag strip. Brian had his fun racing for a few months, then decided it was time to quit spending so much money abusing the car and start enjoying it. After moving to Jacksonville, FL, Brian contacted Jim Mercer at the Street Rod Shop in Orange Park and talked over his wants and needs. Several months into the restoration, “I could see my plans coming together,” Brian said. It was important to Brian that the car maintained a racing feeling, so he had a JASPER-remanufactured Chevrolet 454 cu. in. engine installed. Brian said, “It’s always great when you can get attention with a nice burnout.” The final additions included a March serpentine system, Vintage A/C, a Dakota digital gauge package, Custom auto sound, and all the interior pieces. By the time his project was complete Brian’s son, Joshua, was old enough to enjoy car shows and cruise-ins with him, making it more of a family vehicle. Brian said. “It’s like the old saying; your dream of yesterday is a reality of today. Let’s cruise!”
 
The deadline for 2023 Calendar entries is July 1st. If your classic car or truck has a JASPER® product installed in it, contact jennifer.hopf@jasperengines.com for an entry form or additonal information.
 
 

New Powertrain Product Releases in 2021

 

Thanks to the efforts of our JASPER Research and Development Team, we have released 23 new products in 2021, including at least eight of which are used in fleet vehicles. New products include:

January:
     • Turbo 2011-2017 Nissan Juke 1.6L
     • Ford 6R140 Transmission 2017-2018 F450/550 (6.7L) and 2016-2019 E350 (6.8L)
     • Chrysler 3.6L Pentastar 2018-2020 Ram 1500, Grand Caravan/Journey, 2018-2019 Charger & Challenger,
      
and 2018 Wrangler (Learn more)
     • GM 4L70E Transmission TUG Gen 2 Applications

February:
    • 6.6L Duramax LML Running Complete 2011-2016 Silverado/Sierra
     • 6.6L Duramax CP4 Injection pump - Brought in-house, now JASPER HQ builds.

March:
    • Ford 6F50 Transmission (Product Extension) 2015-2018 Edge
    • Ford 3.5L EcoBoost SVVT 2010-2019 Flex, MKS, MKT, Taurus, and Explorer

April:
    • ZF 8HP70 Transmission 2014-2017 RAM (5.7L) 
    • RAM 6.4L HEMI (fleets only)

May:
    • Ford 6F35 Transmission 2014-2020 Transit (2.5L), 2014-2017 Escape (2.5L) and 2013-2014 Fusion (2.5L)

June:
    • Ford 2.5L 2010-2017 Fusion, Escape, Transit Connect, TUG, Mazda 3 & 5, and CX7
    • Ford 3.7L 2011-2019 Transit, F150, Mustang
    • Ford 6R140 Transmission 2017-2019 E350/450 (6.2/6.8L)

July:
    • ZF 8HP70 (Product Extension) 2014-2015 Grand Cherokee and Durango 
    • Ford 6R80 Transmission 2018-2020 Ford F150 (3.3L)

August:
    • GM 6.0L (Product Extension) 2019-2020 Sierra, Express and Savanna 2500/3500

September:
    • Turbos 2013-2016 Ford F150 - Brought in-house, now JASPER HQ builds.

October:
    • Ford 3.5L Duratec 2019 Explorer and Flex
    • Ford 2.5L Duratec 2018 Transit Connect
    • OTC Turbo, Ford 3.5L (car and crossover) applications

November:
    • GM 3.6L (Product Extension) 2015-2016 Colorado/Canyon
    • Ford 3.5L 2014-2018 Police Interceptor

Thanks again, and here’s to a prosperous 2022!