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Powell Named Director of JASPER Branch Operations

Powell, KevinJASPER congratulates Kevin Powell as he has been named Director of Branch Operations.

In this position, Kevin will oversee the operations at JASPER's 43 branch offices from coast to coast. He also has responsibility for the Branch Auditing and Routing Departments. Kevin will work closely with Regional Management, Branch Auditors, Routers, and Associates at each branch, to ensure operations are running smoothly and that JASPER continues the tradition of building strong relationships with customers and Associates.

Kevin has been a JASPER Associate since 2002 when he began as a Branch Auditor.

Bueltel Named JASPER CFO

Bueltel, Linda

JASPER has announced that Linda Bueltel has been named Chief Financial Officer.

In her position, Linda will manage the Accounting, Tax, Acquisition & Regulatory Compliance Functions as well as oversee the Audit and Valuation processes. She will work closely with the Board of Directors, External Auditors, and Operations on reporting the financial results and opportunities to allow JASPER to continue the tradition of building strong relationships with customers and Associates.

Linda has been a JASPER Associate since 2007 when she began managing the tax process. Congratulations Linda!

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which Packard model was the first to offer a steering wheel instead of
a tiller for steering?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automaker produces the Touareg crossover
SUV
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Volkswagon

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Paul B.

Jasper Engines & Transmissions Names Supplier Award Winners for 2014

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has named its Supplier Award winners for 2014 performance. There were 13 total recipients named in the following three categories, plus an award for outstanding individual partner.

GROWTH Awards
AVON AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS
S.A. GEAR INC
DIESEL FORWARD
EAGLE PRECISION PRODUCTS LLC

SERVICE Awards
SONNAX INDUSTRIES
ELGIN INDUSTRIES
CORTECO
MODERN SILICONE

QUALITY Awards
UNITED ENGINE & MACHINE CO
KING ENGINE BEARINGS
NPR OF AMERICA, LLC
BORG WARNER
EXEDY GLOBALPARTS CORP

Outstanding Individual Partner Award
GEORGE SUTTON - MAHLE

Each supplier received a trophy honoring their key role to the company as a true vendor partner in 2014. JASPER presents these awards, annually, to recognize the company’s Partners in Success.

The Growth Award winners were based on a percentage increase spent from 2013 to 2014 (minimum spent = $100,000).

The Quality Award listing was established by joint nominating efforts between JASPER Sourcing and Quality Teams in key areas such as: Supplier Scorecard Results, Corrective Action Requests, Warranties, Quality Control First-Piece History and Quality Issue Resolution.

The Service Award winners were established by joint nominating efforts between Sourcing and Buyers in key areas including: Supplier Scorecard Results, “Can Do” Attitude, Sense of Urgency, Timely Responses, Problem Resolution, and High Level of Expertise.

The Outstanding Individual Partner Award was established by nominating efforts of the Sourcing team, in key areas such as: “Above and Beyond” Daily Support, Timely Responses, Price Negotiations, Critical Decision Making, Part Expediting, and Overall Collaboration and Partnership.

“JASPER is proud to recognize all of these suppliers this year,” says Jay Nelson, JASPER Supplier Development-Sourcing Manager. “We have developed great relationships with many of our suppliers and they continue to be critical partners in the success of Jasper Engines & Transmissions.  In the aftermarket industry, we must all continue to work together to provide the highest quality product; and price those products to provide the greatest value to the customer.”

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which German automaker produces the Touareg crossover SUV?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Regarding engine ignition timing, what does the acronym
TDC stand for
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Top Dead Center

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Ann M.

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Regarding engine ignition timing, what does the acronym TDC stand for?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which auto body style is defined by its seating configuration
for the driver and one passenger in the front plus two smaller seats for occasional
passengers in the rear
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 2+2

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Shawn A.

Another Successful Pie in The Eye Fund-raiser!

2015 Pie in the Eye
ITD's Dave Sutton received two pies as the top fund-raising Associate at Pie in The
Eye 2015.

This year's Pie in The Eye event raised over $1,000 for Dubois County Relay for Life, and was considered the most successful in the seven-year history of the fund-raiser.

The top three earners received a pie tossed by Chris Hochgesang, last year’s top recipient. Third place went to Austin Bolton, who received a banana cream pie. Tyler Kirkman was awarded a chocolate pie for his second place finish.

Associates from Indiana Tool & Die held several fundraisers to make sure Department Manager Dave Sutton got his just desserts. Their efforts paid off as Dave had $770 raised against him, which was a record for money raised for an individual Associate.

After receiving his strawberry pie for being the top Associate, Dave earned a second pie from Ryan Nelson, who won a raffle for the opportunity to “deliver” it.

“We definitely could not be making a difference in Dubois County Relay (for Life) without the efforts of our Associates,” said Cori Sturgeon, Pie in The Eye event coordinator. “This activity is the most fun we get to do for Relay for Life every year!”

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which auto body style is defined by its seating configuration for the driver
and one passenger in the front plus two smaller seats for occasional passengers in
the rear?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: In which German city was Porsche founded?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Stuttgart

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

New JASPER Look... Same Great Service

JASPER Delivery Vehicles

This is how JASPER's new rolling billboards look on a RAM Promaster delivery van
(upper left),
a Hino box truck (upper right) and on a 53' trailer (bottom).

JASPER's over-the-road fleet is getting a new look, as several new 53-foot trailers, box trucks and
delivery vans are put into service.

One side of the vehicle displays a discussion between an automotive technician and their customer
over an engine installation, while the opposite shows a transmission consultation. When motorists
see these rolling billboards pass by, they'll see a message asking them to contact their professional
technician about the millions of remanufactured products installed.

"We're trying to tell the general public that it is commonplace to install remanufactured products,"
said Mike Pfau, JASPER Advertising General Manager. "We want to direct these potential customers
to have their vehicles serviced by professional technicians."

Third Generation Driver Ryan Blaney Finishes 4th at Talladega

It was a big weekend for twenty-one year old Ryan Blaney as the third generation driver finished fourth in the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Blaney runs a JASPER Differential and is the son of former JASPER driver Dave Blaney. Martin Truex, Jr. finished fifth running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission. Joey Logano, running a JASPER Differential, won the Winn Dixie 300 in the NASCAR xfinity Series after finishing second in last week's race.

A recap of finishes from Talladega Superspeedway follows.

Geico 500 - Talladega Superspeedway

4th      Ryan Blaney (JASPER Differential)
5th      Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
9th      Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
22nd    Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
25th    Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
30th    Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
32nd   Carl Edwards (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
33rd    Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
36th    Michael Waltrip (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
38th    David Ragan (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

Winn Dixie 300 - Talladega Superspeedway

1st     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
14th   David Starr (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
16th   Boris Said (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
23rd   Blake Koch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
24th   Cale Conley (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
30th   Erik Jones (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
31st   Daniel Suarez (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings

2nd    Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
4th     Joey Logano  (JASPER Differential)
6th     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
8th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
10th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
17th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
18th   Carl Edwards (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
20th   David Ragan (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
32nd  Brett Moffitt (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
41st   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
42nd  Michael Waltrip (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
46th  Ryan Blaney (JASPER Differential)