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Automotive Trivia 11/10/17

Friddle: What year did General Motors move Corvette production from St. Louis, Missouri to
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week's  Friddle:  
What part of an internal combustion engine circulates oil under pressure
to the rotating bearings, pistons and camshaft?

Last Week's Friddle Answer: Oil Pump
Last Week's Friddle Contest Winner: Ray M.


NASCAR Driving 101 at Talladega Superspeedway

JASPER® recently held a sales competition for our customers who were interested in attending a NASCAR Driving 101 experience at Talladega Superspeedway. The experience consisted of an eight minute drive, three lap ride along with a professional driver, GoPro video of the experience, and a plaque with their picture.


Customers interested in participating purchased their ticket for the driving experience and if the customer exceeded his/her sales, they would receive a $75 credit per unit as payback for the ticket. This competition went so well, JASPER gave back nearly $5,500 to our customers the day of the experience!


It was a wonderful day and many memories were made with our customers. Everyone had a great time driving and riding in the cars and the weather was perfect!


Thanks to all who made this experience come to life!






Automotive Trivia 11/03/17

Friddle: What part of an internal combustion engine circulates oil under pressure
to the rotating bearings, pistons and camshaft
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
10/20/17 Friddle:  
Which NASCAR Superspeedway is located on the former
Anniston Air Force 
Base in the small city of Lincoln, AL
10/20/17 Friddle Answer: Talladega
10/20/17 Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner


Automotive Trivia 10/20/17

Friddle: Which NASCAR Superspeedway is located on the former Anniston Air Force
Base in the small city of Lincoln, AL?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
In what year did Jasper Engines & Transmissions open its
Nashville, TN, branch
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1959
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner


2017 Distinguished Citizen - Ray Schwenk

JASPER​​® would like to extend a sincere congratulations to Ray Schwenk, who was honored with the 2017 Distinguished Citizen Award at this year’s Boy Scouts DCA Banquet. 

Ray is someone who continuously lives by the Boy Scout laws and values every day and JASPER® is blessed to have him as an Associate-Owner for over 40 years. 

Congratulations, Ray! This award was much deserved.


Ray Schwenk is an Eagle Scout and has been for nearly 50 years. He earned Scouting’s top rank, in 1968, from Precious Blood Catholic Church, where he was a   member of Troop 183 and Explorer Post 183. As an adult, he served as Assistant Scoutmaster for the Troop.

Ray graduated from Jasper High School in 1970 and attended Indiana State University, where he earned a teaching degree and a business minor. He taught school in Vincennes, IN, for three years before joining Jasper Engines & Transmissions.

Ray has been employed by Jasper Engines and Transmissions for over 40 years. He has helped JASPER® grow from a regional company with 12 branch locations into a nationally respected organization with 45 branch locations, two distribution centers, five remanufacturing facilities and multiple divisions. Ray was actively involved in the 2010 transition to a 100% Associate Owned Company. He currently serves as the Treasurer and Plan Administrator for the JET 401(k) Plan.

Over the years, Ray has served the Boy Scouts of America in numerous capacities. He is currently an Advisory Board Member for the Buffalo Trace Council and was an Executive Board Member of the Council for 10 years. He also served as a District Committee Member for the Lincoln Heritage District for two years and as a Council Member at large of Buffalo Trace Council for one year. He has played an instrumental role in providing Scout Handbooks to new Boy Scouts in the spring, courtesy of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, and has lent his support to the last two Jamboree Committees for the Council, as well as assisting the Buffalo Trace Council in a number of other ways. In 2010, he made a trek to Canada with Holy Family Church Venturing Crew 185 and served as Chaplain Aide. All of the boys with him on the trek earned their Duty to God Award. In 2011, the Buffalo Trace Council honored Ray with a Silver Beaver Award. The Silver Beaver is an award given to those who implement the Scouting program and perform community service through hard work, self-sacrifice, dedication, and many years of service. It is given to those who do not seek it.

Outside of Scouting, Ray has served on the Jasper Junior Achievement Board and currently serves on the boards of Dubois County Community Foundation, Providence Home/Cathedral Health, and Anderson Woods, Inc. He is a Religious Education Teacher and Hospitality minister for Precious Blood Church and has served on various church committees.

Ray says, “My father, mother, and family set an example for me to give back to the community. Endowing our community’s future is the responsibility we have for the future of our children and youth.”



Automotive Trivia 10/13/17

Friddle: In what year did Jasper Engines & Transmissions open its Nashville, TN, branch?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
Which German automaker offered the V8 powered 928?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Porsche
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Kendrick T. - West Hills, CA


Automotive Trivia 10/06/17

Friddle: Which German automaker offered the V8 powered 928?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
Chrysler offers fuel-saving MDS technology. What does
the acronym MDS stand for
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Multi-Displacement System
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Automotive Trivia 9/29/17

Friddle:  Chrysler offers fuel-saving MDS technology. What does the acronym
MDS stand for?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
What does the automotive-related acronym BTDC stand for?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Before Top Dead Center

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner


Do You Need a Quick New Idea That Will Give You a Competitive Edge?

When your business is running at peak performance, take a look back at all the hard work it took you to get there. It takes years to become an overnight success! You got there by making big improvements early on and now you are making small tweaks that continue to build your differentiation in the marketplace.
In a recent Town Hall Academy, we provided tips and ideas that would give your shop an edge. There are many simple, tried and true ideas that shop owners have implemented that will continue to build your business into the preferred service center in your community.
Many of the ideas shared on the Academy focus on the customer experience. No argument that clean restrooms are a must, but a super clean, ala the Ritz, restroom would be taking differentiation to a new level. Smart phone charging stations for your customers, and fresh baked cookies, may make your shop the talk of the town.
Becoming a certified child seat installer, offering free car washes, wiping off the dash and cleaning windows are opportunities that will create loyalty from these unexpected services.
This Academy has twenty-one tips on giving you an edge. Warning: Don’t just listen to them without making a commitment to take at least one idea and implement it. You’ll create a trend of differentiation that your people will help continue.
Find a key idea and implement it. Knowledge IS power, but the REAL POWER is in the implementation of that knowledge. 
Get all twenty-one tips here:

Carm Capriotto
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75 Years – An Anniversary worth Celebrating


This year we are celebrating our 75th anniversary! Jasper Engines and Transmissions was founded in 1942 through the vision of Alvin C. Ruxer. We have been remanufacturing quality products since 1942 and today we are the nation’s largest remanufacturer of gas and diesel engines, transmissions, differentials, rear axle assemblies, marine engines, stern drives, performance engines, and electric motors.

In true JASPER tradition of, “Doing it Right… And Having Fun,” we had an anniversary celebration earlier this month for Associates and their families. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the great success of the past 75 years. We were graced with a beautiful day and many events such as a 5k, Car Show, Health Fair, Magic Show, Bounce Houses/Inflatables, Games, Bingo, Food, Concerts, and more! 

Thank you to all Associates and their hard work in getting us to the 75 year milestone! It is truly an anniversary worth celebrating.