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On the Road to Retirement

On August 5th, Linda Carver retired from JET Transit, a subsidiary of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, after providing over 11 years of excellent over-the-road transit service. We would like to congratulate Linda on logging over 1,000,000 Accident-Free Safety Miles with JET Transit and for being the first female driver to achieve this level with our company. Linda was awarded the Indiana Motor Truck Association Master Driver Award and also competed in the IMTA Truck Driving Championships for several years in the box truck division.

Linda plans on spending her retirement enjoying more time with her seven grandchildren, as well as camping and time in her garden. We wish Linda the best and hope she enjoys her retirment.

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What model year marked the introduction of GM's Pontiac Fiero?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: In what city was the world's first parking meter installed?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Oklahoma City, OK (July 16, 1935)

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Heather

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Friddle: In what city was the world's first parking meter installed?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: What part of the air intake system on a fuel injected
engine controls the amount of air that flows into the engine
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Throttle Body

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Brad M.

A Special "Thank You" to Our JASPER Drivers

How many times have you been on vacation, or driving from Point ‘A’ to Point ‘B’, and you see a Jasper Engines and Transmissions truck pass you by? The chances of this happening are very good. Because without our World Class Drivers on the road, the products we produce would never make it to our customers.

Sure, there are other trucking companies out there, but none compare to the World Class Drivers that we get to call our own.

Here are some statistics that will show you how great JASPER drivers truly are:

• We have 185 drivers between our Over-The-Road and Local Branch Delivery Drivers. These drivers travel a staggering 200,000 miles a week. To put that in perspective, that’s almost a trip to the Moon   (238,000 miles), or eight trips around the world (25,000 miles) every week.

• Our 48 Over-The-Road drivers visit all 40 Branches, two Distribution Centers, even a couple of vendors, running 55 different routes, making 162 stops.

• Our 137 Branch Drivers run 425 routes per week and visit close to 4,800 customers.

• And let’s not forget our two shuttle drivers that make those daily trips between the Crawford
County and Jasper facilities to move cores and finished product to the proper locations.

So the next time you are taking a trip around this great country of ours, be on the lookout for one of the many trucks in the JASPER fleet.

Thank you JASPER truck drivers!

Logano, Running a JASPER Differential, Wins at New Hampshire

Joey Logano, running a JASPER Differential, took the checkered flag in the Sylvania 300 this past weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Logano backed up teammate Brad Keselowski's win from last weekend placing him second in the Chase standings.

A recap of finishes from this past weekend's NASCAR Series races at New Hampshire follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Sylvania 300 - New Hampshire Motor Speedway

1st     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
7th     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
8th     Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
10th   Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
12th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
14th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
21st   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
37th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase Standings

1st     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
2nd   Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
5th    Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
8th    Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
13th  Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Nationwide Series – VISITMYRTLEBEACH.COM 300 - Kentucky Speedway

8th     Michael McDowell (JASPER Differential)
9th     Justin Boston (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
13th   Elliott Sadler (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
30th   Sam Hornish, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

 

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What part of the air intake system on a fuel injected engine controls
the amount of air that flows into the engine
?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: In what year did JASPER open its Chicago, IL Branch?
Hint: The answer can be found in the Virtual History Book on the JASPER
home page
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1968

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

More Information on JASPER's Power Drive Facility

PowerDrive

 

Jasper Engines & Transmissions officially started transmission production at its new Drivetrain Remanufacturing facility in Jasper, Indiana, September 8th.

The first transmission remanufactured was a front-wheel drive GM 4T65E.  It was the culmination of a well planned and dedicated strategy that took place since the announcement to acquire the 220,000 square foot building in April.

“It’s been an incredible accomplishment,” said John Schroeder, JASPER Vice President of Drivetrain Remanufacturing.  “It’s been a team approach, including Associates from all of the departments within the Transmission Division and other support groups.”

JASPER remanufactures transmissions in work areas called PODs, in which a transmission goes from a core, to a finished product.  Each POD has specific transmission families it remanufactures.  This allows each POD to become “specialized” and enables JASPER to produce a quality product more efficiently.

A total of 14 PODS are planned for the Power Drive Facility.  Higher volume transmissions will be remanufactured in what is called a Mega-POD.  “These combine two, or more, PODS into one for shorter cycle times and greater efficiency,” said Schroeder.  “It’s been successfully used at our Crawford County, Indiana, Facility for many years, and we want to integrate this with three of our high-volume transmissions at Power Drive."

One change in the remanufacturing process at Power Drive, is how transmissions are dynamometer tested.  “Groups of three to four PODS, or one Mega-POD, will have their own dynamometer, instead of sending a transmission to a separate test area,” said Schroeder.  “This will allow for immediate feedback to Associates building their respective unit, so issues can be addressed in real time."

A long-term goal for Power Drive is to begin all new transmission product launches from the new facility.  “Once our New Product Group releases a transmission for remanufacturing, we’re only going to release it to the Power Drive location,” said Schroeder.  “Once we’ve achieved the volume to support that unit for the customers, then we can either move its remanufacturing to a customary POD, or we can move it to one of our satellite locations, either Crawford County or Willow Springs."

An added benefit to Power Drive is it will give JASPER a tremendous amount of growth capacity that could not be achieved with the Engine and Drivetrain Divisions sharing one building.  “At Power Drive, we’ll only use about 60% of our available space in this initial move,” said Schroeder. “There will be many improvements, but the main focus at Power Drive will be laying out space in a method that works for the now and for the future, he added."

Power Drive is JASPER’s fifth remanufacturing facility, joining Wernsing Road and Jasper West, both in Jasper, Indiana, Crawford County, Indiana, and Willow Springs, Missouri.  As space is vacated at the Wernsing Road Facility, JASPER’s Engine Division will begin their expansion projects.

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: In what year did JASPER open its Chicago, IL Branch? Hint: The answer
can be found in the Virtual History Book on the JASPER home page
?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automotive brand offers the Golf compact car?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Volkswagen

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To be Announced

First Transmission Produced at the New JASPER Power Drive Facility

JASPER Power Drive

Proud Owner/Associates! The first transmission produced in our NEW Power Drive facility passed through final assembly just before noon on Monday, September 8th, 2014. After assembly, transmissions are dynamometer tested, painted and ready for shipment. The pictured JASPER remanufactured GM 4T65E transmission, is the first of many models to be built at this facility. Congratulations to everyone!

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which German automotive brand offers the Golf compact car?

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

Last Week’s Friddle: What are the four main components of an Anti-lock
Braking System (ABS)
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: speed sensors, valves, a pump and a controller

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner