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Weller-Jasper Joint Press Release

For Immediate Release November 4, 2013

Weller-Jasper Joint Press Release

John Weller of Weller Truck Parts, and Zach Bawel, President of Jasper Engine and Transmission Exchange announced a letter of intent to purchase Weller Truck Parts has been signed by all parties. Speaking for the Weller Family, John said “Brothers - Skip, Chris, Paul and I take very seriously our commitment to our Weller Team. We are very proud of what they have built and we want to make sure we have a good plan for the future of our Weller Team and the Weller Brand. We are pleased to announce we have found that fit with our Associates/Employees becoming partners with Jasper Engine and Transmission 100% Associate Owned ESOP. That means all of our people will become Owners in this new venture.” John went on to add – “Weller will remain an independent company with their products as will JASPER. Both groups will work together to share best practices and make improvements for the betterment of all.” Zach Bawel, President/COO of JASPER, added… “Weller is a very respected brand with a great team. We are excited about the growth opportunities for both companies and are anxious to welcome the Weller Team into our ESOP. Paul and John will be staying on in their current leadership roles and we look forward to growing both Weller and Jasper.” Although the transaction is expected to close in the spring of 2014, both Weller and Jasper will begin working more closely together. Weller Auto is not part of this transaction and will continue to be owned by the Weller family. About Weller Truck Parts Weller Truck Parts started in 1973 as a growth of Weller Auto Parts formed by Harry Weller, Sr. and son, Jr. in 1930. In 1985 the 4 sons – Skip, John, Chris and Paul bought the business and began focusing on remanufacturing. In 2000 John and Paul increased the focus with state of the art remanufacturing facility. Today with 800 Associates, Weller has 29 production and distribution facilities remanufacturing a full line of heavy duty transmissions and differentials. About Jasper Engine and Transmission Exchange Jasper Engine & Transmission a 100% ESOP company was founded in 1942. Today they remanufacture a wide range of products in three plants including Gas & Diesel Engines, Automatic and Standard Transmissions, Differentials, and NASCAR Transmissions. They also own Jasper Electric Motors, Jasper Innovative Solutions and Jasper Eco-Tech. They have over 1800 Associate/Owners and over 40 locations throughout the US.

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A Big Day for Donations

(JASPER, IN – October 31, 2013) That's right! This Halloween we had two charitable events running simultaneously. Mario & Luigi Just another day at the office for this dynamic duo. We had another successful Casual Dress/Soup Day at Jasper Engines & Transmissions. This year's Halloween Casual Day donations will benefit Relay for Life - Breast Cancer Awareness. For fun, Associates wore costumes or casual clothes for a $1 donation. JASPER and its Associates raised over $550 for this event! "Doing It Right... And Having Fun!" Our Inside Sales Department also hosted "Soup Day" to benefit the local Soup Kitchen – Dubois County Community Meal. Associates brought in over a dozen pots of homemade soup, sandwiches and other ghoulish goodies for the event. Together, JASPER and its Associates raised $720 during this event! "We had amazing participation from our Inside Sales Department in this event. We always look forward to this, it's so much fun! Thank you to everyone who came and contributed", said event organizer Angie Robinson. It's truly amazing what happens when we all come together to support worthy causes. "Think globally, act locally."

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Sergio Marchionne is the CEO of Fiat S.p.A. and what other auto group? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which Japanese automaker produced the RX7? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Mazda Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Jordan A.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which Japanese automaker produced the RX7? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: In what year did Jasper Engines & Transmissions open the Dallas, TX Branch? Hint: The answer can be found in the Virtual History Book on the JASPER home page. Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1999 Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Nathan L.

Concours d' Elegance Visits JASPER

Packards     These three Packards were among the many collectable cars which made the rainy trip from Frenck Lick to the JASPER Facility. This year's Louisville Concours d' Elegance weekend included a visit to the headquarters of Jasper Engines & Transmissions in Jasper, IN. The weekend event showcased some of the most exceptional examples of well-designed and notable collector cars of the past while benefiting Kosair Children's Hospital. Patrons of the Concours make the annual trip to have their cars assessed by world-renown judges in hopes of receiving "Best in Show". Authentic Division Tour     Performance and Authentic Division Manager, Darren Ragsdale, explains the benefits of a JASPER numbers-matching build. The group of 120 car enthusiasts toured the Jasper Facility and viewed a short film on the history and heritage of our company before departing to sample German cuisine by the Schnitzelbank at KlubHaus 61. Their road trip continued as they motored through the winding scenic roads back to the French Lick Resort for the Great Gatsby Gala in the Atrium at the West Baden Springs Hotel.  

What Our Customers Are Saying

Just wanted to thank you for including me in the Jasper tour yesterday.  Everyone, from the pilot, to Gayla the tour guide, to Department Managers, to all Associates, were all very gracious and accommodating. I knew that the Jasper brand was always held in high regard...and, now I know why.  It is clear to see that everything - products, people, systems and processes - is all quite impressive. Thanks again for letting me experience all this first-hand. I look forward to our on-going collaboration.   Regards, George K. / ANC Auto Repair

JASPER Offers Ford 5R110 Transmission for Additional Late Model Applications

JASPER is excited to announce the release of the late model Ford 5R110 Rear & 4 Wheel Drive, Electronically Controlled Transmission. Applications released include: 2009 Ford: F250, F350, F450 & F550 JASPER’s Remanufactured Ford 5R110 Transmission, has several advantages over Dealer O.E. and/or Competition with updates including:
  • Installation of 100% a new multi-plate lockup piston for higher torque capacity
  • Use of an updated spring retainer for the low/reverse clutch to prevent the snap ring from popping off resulting in metal contamination, clutch failure and unit failure
  • Low diode snap ring is updated to the latest design
  • Installation of a new forged/billet front cover for the converter to prevent flexing at the studs and to ensure better heat sink for the lockup piston lining
  • Installation of an upgraded low sprag
  • Re-staking of all early reverse planetary pinion pins with 12 tons of pressure
  • Supply & 100% testing of Range Sensor
  • Low reverse diode is updated to later style because the early style can side load
  • Low reverse snap ring is updated to the latest style to keep ring from rotating in the case
For more information on the remanufactured products of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, contact us at 1-800-827-7455.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: In what year did Jasper Engines & Transmissions open the Dallas, TX 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: The 2014 Audi RS 7 is powered by a V8 TFSI engine. What does TFSI stand for? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Turbo Fuel Stratified Injection Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Jerry C.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: The 2014 Audi RS 7 is powered by a V8 TFSI engine. What does TFSI stand for? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which German engineer was granted a patent for his design of the first boxer engine? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Karl Benz Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Rich C.

Matt Kenseth Remains First in Chase Standings

Joey Logano finished 4th with his JASPER Differential in the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway this past weekend. Matt Kenseth, running a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, finished 11th to keep him in first place in the Chase Standings. A recap of the finishes in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway

4th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential) 11th   Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 14th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 17th   Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) 19th   Martin Truex, Jr. (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 23rd   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 32nd  Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission) 34th   Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)

NASCAR Nationwide Series - Kansas Lottery 300 at Kansas Speedway

17th  Sam Hornish, Jr. (JASPER Differential) 28th  Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential) Chase Standings 1st     Matt Kenseth 5th     Kyle Busch 9th     Clint Bowyer 10th   Joey Logano Nationwide Standings 2nd     Sam Hornish, Jr.