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Morgenthaler Wins Bassmaster Classic Wild Card and Secures a Berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic

Chad-Morgenthaler Picture courtesy of James Overstreet with B.A.S.S. Jasper Engines and Transmissions Pro Angler, Chad Morgenthaler, almost passed up his opportunity for a “Golden Ticket” to fish the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. He debated the merits of fishing the Bassmaster Classic Wild Card on Lake Okeechobee in Florida, until he finally decided to make the commitment with one day to spare. Good thing. Chad won the tournament with 15 fish and a total of 63 pounds, 13 ounces. This was Chad’s first win on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail and it also secured his opportunity to fish in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, his fourth Classic. Chad’s indecision came from the existing financial commitment he had made to the Elite Series for 2014. In the end, he called sponsor, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, who agreed to pay his entry fee. “We have a great relationship with Chad and place a good deal of faith in his abilities and decision making”, said Tom Schrader, VP of Marketing and Strategic Development for JASPER. “We didn’t have to think too hard about paying Chad’s fee when we received the call”, he added. Chad is, as one can imagine, on “Cloud 9” after his win and has been busy answering congratulatory calls, emails and Facebook postings. “The whole situation is still, to this day, so surreal. I just can’t believe that it fell together the way that it did", he said. “I always thought my first win would come on Lake Okeechobee and for it to be coupled with a berth in the Classic made it even more special. Without JASPER’s help, simply going to the event would not have been possible for me. This win is as much for them as it is for me”, he added.

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: The API sets minimum standards for engine lubricants. What does the acronym API stand for? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: What year was the Chevrolet Corvette originally introduced? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1953 Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Joseph C.

JASPER Offers 47RE/48RE with Triple Disc Converter for Dodge, Ram Diesel Trucks

47RE   Jasper Engines & Transmissions offers the Chrysler 47RE/48RE transmissions with a triple disc converter. This transmission is available for the following 1994-2007 applications: •  Dodge Ram 2500-3500 RWD and 4WD trucks mounted behind the 5.9L Cummins Diesel engine "In 2013, JASPER released converters for sale 'over-the-counter' which included a heavy-duty triple disc for the 47RE and 48RE transmissions," said Judah Delorenzo, JASPER's Planning and Life Cycle Manager. "Due to the popular demand for this converter, JASPER is pleased to announce the release of this transmission with the upgraded converter added." The triple disc converter utilizes three lock-up surfaces, each bonded with a high thermal engagement (HTE) lining. "This design gives 1.7 times more holding capacity over the original design piston," says Craig Leuck, JASPER Transmission Division Manager. The HTE lining can better withstand the heat that's generated by the torque converter." This JASPER remanufactured transmission is subjected to such strict, high-quality processes... •  Disassembly, meticulous inspection and thorough cleaning of components. •  All NEW and remanufactured parts are carefully inspected for correct tolerances to assure dependability. •  JASPER's research and product development ensures that concerns/issues in OEM design are corrected. •  Dynamometer testing simulates in-vehicle operation to assure trouble-free runability. •  A Premium Service Plan is available that offers customers an even greater value.  

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: What year was the Chevrolet Corvette originally introduced? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which German automobile manufacturing group purchased the Bugatti marque in 1998? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Volkswagen Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: Which German automobile manufacturing group purchased the Bugatti marque in 1998? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: In what year did JASPER open its St. Louis, MO Branch? Hint: The answer can be found in the Virtual History Book on the JASPER home page. Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1964 Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Dennis J.

Driving for a Ton... of Food!

2013 Driving for a Ton At the Jasper facility, Amelia Ebert sorted the donated food for distribution among various food banks. During the week of October 21-25 Associates from the Jasper, Crawford and Willow Springs facilities participated in the "Let's Drive for a Ton" food drive to benefit various food banks in all three areas. The food drive, which occurred in conjunction with "National Make A Difference Day" had a very simple goal... collect a ton (2,000 pounds) of non-perishable food items. The generosity of our Associates shined through as we collected 2,057 pounds of food! Each food bank was very appreciative and thankful for our donation. Congratulations to all who participated and for showing the true JASPER spirit of giving!

JASPER Reaffirms ESGR Support on Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2013 JASPER's CEO, Doug Bawel with ESGR's Steve Lynch and Jerry Clewlow. As part of JASPER's Veterans Day luncheon held on November 11th, representatives of the Indiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) were on hand for a special signing ceremony to re-affirm JASPER's commitment to the ESGR. The ESGR is an organization dedicated to helping Veterans obtain employment after they leave the military. JASPER currently employs 179 Associates who serve, or have served in the military.... that's 10% of our workforce! According to the ESGR, the average company's workforce includes only 1% Veterans. A big thanks to all of our Veterans for not only your service to JASPER, but more importantly, your service to our country!

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: In what year did JASPER open its St. Louis, MO 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: In which Michigan city was General Motors founded? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Flint Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Mike

JETT Endowment Presents Inaugural Grant

JETT Endowment - Check Presentation 11-14-13 The JETT Endowment Committee presents this year's grant to Mike Hagerdon representing Dubois County Community Meals in the amount of $7,575.00 on November 14, 2013. Jasper Endows Today and Tomorrow (JETT) offers a unique giving experience that allows JASPER Associates and their families the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of philanthropy, while combining resources to be used for the betterment of our communities for today and tomorrow. The charter members voted to offer the inaugural grant of $7,575.00 to Dubois County Community Meals. "We are going to dedicate the entire fund at this point to reaching out to school-age children who are either on the free or reduced lunch program, to help bridge the hurdle when they're not in school," said Mike Hagerdon of Dubois County Community Meals. "We will be offering other groups something to potentially help them also," said Mark Balsmeyer, JETT Facilitator. "It may not be money, it may be time and service." Each JETT member possess a voting share in deciding which charity will receive the grant from the group. By combining resources JETT members are making a significant, lasting impact for our local communities.                          

Automotive Trivia

the-friddle2 friddle-t-shirt Friddle: In which Michigan city was General Motors founded? Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle. Last Week’s Friddle: Which American automobile brand offers the mid-sized luxury SRX crossover SUV? Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Cadillac Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Jon R.