Jasper Events

JASPER OTR Drivers Earn Special Recognition

John Owen, a driver for Jasper Integrated Logistics, formerly known as JET Transit, was recently awarded the Indiana Motor Truck Association's Master Truck Driver Award.

John Owen, with Barry Miller of IMTA

John was presented the award by Barry Miller of IMTA. The award was given based on John achieving 1,000,000 Accident-Free Safe Driving miles.

Denny Schepers & Rob Huot

Denny Schepers was recently awarded a plaque for achieving 2,250,000 Accident-Free Safe driving miles. Denny started with JIL on 2/15/1995. Rob Huot was recently presented an award for achieving 250,000 Accident-Free Safe driving miles. Rob started with JIL on 11/11/2013. Congratulations to each of these three drivers for a job well done and keeping safety as a top priority.


Christmas Celebrations All December Long

Jasper Engines & Transmissions would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. With the unusually warm weather this December in Southern Indiana, JASPER's Christmas traditions are just what our Associates needed to get into the holiday spirit. Here are a couple quick snap shots of this month's activites.

Christmas luncheons were provided at all JASPER manufacturing locations.

Movie Morning was held on December 12th at Jasper 8 Theatres for JASPER Associates and their dependents.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus made their way around the JASPER facilities spreading Christmas cheer and some humor while passing out candy canes on the 23rd.



Jasper Endows Today & Tomorrow Hosts Will Read & Sing

On November 21st, Jasper Endows Today & Tomorrow (JETT) hosted "Will Read & Sing for Food" at the new Jasper Engines and Transmissions Power Drive facility.  This was the 2nd time that WRSF has performed in this location this year. Over 125 people were on hand and had the opportunity to see JETT's presentation of 4 grants to non-profit organizations that included; Crisis Connection, Freedom Reigns, Crawford County Child Abuse Prevention Council and Metal Missions. These grants combined for over $19,000. As a bonus to the wonderful entertainment provided by Scott Saalman & company, JETT raised over $1,300 that evening to go towards 2016 grants.
JETT is a giving circle for Jasper Engine & Transmission Associates and families that focuses on pooling resources to have a greater combined impact on our communities. Our goal is to learn more about philanthropic opportunities and to support those organizations that promote smart giving. Over 500 volunteer hours were also donated by JETT members this year. Also each year, a portion of the member donations goes to the building of the JETT endowment which currently totals over $20,000. JETT was established in 2013.

You can support JETT outside of our company by donating at a WRSF, which goes to our pass through account at the Foundation.




Jasper, Indiana Facility Earns VPP Star Safety Certification Extension

The Indiana Department of Labor has granted a three-year extension of the Star Certification of Jasper Engines and Transmissions’ Jasper, Indiana, remanufacturing facility in Indiana’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The Wernsing Road remanufacturing facility in Jasper, Indiana, earned its initial Merit Safety Certification in 2008; ultimately achieving Star Safety Certification in April 2012.

VPP was established to recognize and promote safety and health management programs throughout the state. All companies, regardless of size or business, can participate in VPP, where management and employees work together to create and maintain a healthy work environment.

“Please accept my hearty congratulations on your sustained excellence in all aspects of workplace safety and health,” said Rick Ruble, Indiana Department of Labor’s Commissioner of Labor.

“Your re-approval to VPP is a strong endorsement of the continued dedication to workplace safety and health demonstrated by you and your Associates at JASPER,” Ruble said. “As a participant in the VPP, you hold a position as an industry leader in workplace safety and health, and serve as a model for what a safety and health management system can be.”

JASPER Safety Director, Jason Pieper, said VPP is all about Management Commitment and Associate involvement. “I want to thank our Executive team, our Managers and our Leaders who do a great job supporting our safety programs,” he said. “Earning, and keeping, Star Certification is where we want to be, as a company, in our continuing safety journey.”

JASPER’s remanufacturing facility in Crawford County, Indiana, achieved VPP Merit Certification in September, 2010, and earned its Star Safety Certification in August 2013. Pieper added, “the goal of VPP Certification of our Drivetrain Remanufacturing facility (Power Drive) begins in 2016.”

Two Named to Improve Delivery Efficiencies

Broughton & Lueken Jasper Engines & Transmissions is pleased to announce the following organizational changes at its Crawford County, Indiana, facility. These changes reside within Jasper Integrated Logistics (JIL). JIL oversees JET Distribution, Jasper Innovative Solutions (JIS), Jasper Ecotech, JET Transit, Crawford Service Department, and the Retail Kit Area. Kevin Broughton has been named Divisional Manager over JET Transit and the Crawford Service Department. Kevin has been a JASPER Associate for 19 years, working primarily in JET Distribution. Kevin, along with JET Transit and the Crawford Service Department, will work to maximize efficiencies and move towards a goal of 1-2 day Nationwide Delivery. Kyle Lueken has been named Division Manager over JET Distribution, JIS, Jasper Ecotech and the Retail Kit area. Kyle is a 5-year JASPER Associate. His previous duties involved Branch Auditing for one year before moving to JIS, where he has served as Operations Manager for the past four years. Kyle will work with these teams to develop best practices and cross-training in each area, allowing JASPER to streamline all products being transported to JASPER’s branches and customers. “We are looking forward to continuing our growth and driving out hard work within all areas involved to ultimately reach our goal of 1-2 day Nationwide Delivery,” said Luke Bawel, JASPER Vice-President of Integrated Logistics. “This is one more step toward making JASPER the Brand of Choice for our customers and the Company of Choice for our Associates.”

Daniel Farmer Named a Group Leader for Crawford County Transmission Division

Daniel Farmer2
Jasper Engines & Transmissions announces the following organizational change to its Crawford County Transmission Division.
Daniel Farmer has been named a Group Leader for the Transmission Division. Daniel will oversee remanufacturing duties in five transmission work areas, along with their respective dynamometer testing and shipping areas. Daniel has been an Associate with JASPER for five years. His previous duties included overseeing the Fitness Program at Crawford County, as well as coordinating Work Conditioning classes for new Associates. Daniel began his manufacturing career by participating in two Workshops within the Crawford Gas Division. Most recently, he has served as a Team Leader in the Crawford Transmission Division. “Daniel brings the Crawford Transmission Division a great skill set to help us continue to drive the improvements needed in Safety, Quality, Productivity, Customer Service and Reduction of Waste,” said Joe Haug, Crawford County Transmission Division Manager.

Elbow Room for the Growing Gas Engine Division

The task of preparing and renovating production space continues for the Gas Engine Division within the Wernsing Road remanufacturing facility. This space was recently vacated by the Transmission Division when they moved into their new home at Power Drive. Plans call for five gas engine remanufacturing PODS. Three of the PODs will be set up in this new area. The other two PODs will stay in their current locations, but reconfigured to take advantage of the newly opened space. These renovations are scheduled for completion in June of 2016. "The new layouts will have an open aisleway between each set of PODs, from which materials can flow in and out, and will give Associates much more room to operate within their respective production areas," said Matt Weinzapfel, JASPER Vice President of Engine Remanufacturing. "We really have a great opportunity to implement all of the best practices we have learned through our own process improvement activities and benchmarking of other top-notch manufacturing organizations."

Luke Bawel Named VP of Supply Chain & Logistics Groups


Jasper Engines & Transmissions is pleased to announce the promotion of Luke Bawel to Vice-President of JASPER's Supply Chain and Logistics Groups, which includes our Distribution Channels, JET Transit and Jasper Innovative Solutions (JIS).

During his 7-year career with JASPER, Luke has worked in a variety of capacities, including Manufacturing, Quality, Inside Sales, Customer Service and Outside Sales. Most recently, Luke has served as the Division Manager of JIS. In his new role, Luke will partner with JASPER's Executive Team to develop shared common goals in support of our Jasper Unified Management Plan (JUMP) initiatives, as well as create and implement future products and services for the Supply Chain and Logistics Groups. Luke will continue to be based at our Crawford County facility.

Congratulations, Luke, on your new responsibilities!

JASPER Hosts JETT Fundraiser

On Saturday, April 18th, Jasper Endows Today & Tomorrow (JETT) teamed up with Will Read and Sing For Food for an evening of entertainment that raised $1,625 to benefit JETT’s community outreach efforts. JETT was founded in 2013 to bring JASPER Associates together in order to learn more about philanthropy, and to have a greater impact on local communities.

Will Read & Sing For Food players Kyle Lueken, Scott Saalman, Debbie Schuetter, Angie Mayfield, Megan Gatwood and Carley Knapp were joined by special guest musician Jason Wilber for an event that rocked JASPER’s new Power Drive location. The approximately 125 attendees had the opportunity to see the new facility, listen to some amazing live music and hear some humorous essay readings, all while supporting a great organization.Wilber, a native Hoosier and lead guitarist for Grammy Award-winning legend, John Prine, played several of his songs while also sharing stories of his Indiana roots, travel around the world and insight of how many of his songs were born. The local Will Read and Sing For Food players covered a variety of popular songs, mixed with some of their original pieces, and rounded it out with some heartfelt and humorous readings.

This event marked the 61st for Will Read and Sing For Food and was the second largest collected amount for one of their events. Since 2011, Will Read and Sing For Food has raised over $42,000 for various community causes in and around Dubois County, including: Community Food Bank; Dubois County Community Foundation community grant giving; Anderson Woods; Tri-Cap; Paul Michael Ash Endowment for Music and the Arts; local libraries; Catholic Charities; Shared Abundance; Psi Iota Xi; Crisis Connection; Dubois County Humane Society, Ferdinand Folk Fest, Habitat For Humanity and Hands in Hands Belize immersion trip.

TBT... 2010 Syracuse Nationals


Picture taken at the 2010 Syracuse Nationals.

My, how time flys. I came across this image this morning as I was browsing through our graphics archive. Back in 2010, I had the opportunity to transport our Rolling Showcase and represent JASPER at the Syracuse Nationals, which spans across the New York State Fairgrounds annually. I can't believe that was five years ago. I'm not sure if our concept of time is perceived at an accelerated rate as we age, or if it's just the fact that new technology promotes shortened attention spans compounded by our heightened ability to multitask.

Well, as the story goes, I met some really nice people in upstate New York that week including some of our customers, Dick and Carol Fracasse. That's their '68 Ford Mustang Fastback equipped with a JASPER remanufactured 347 stroker engine in the picture above. While it's true today's vehicles have a multitude of creature comforts, it's nice to see classic car enthusiasts restore these beautiful vintage muscle cars, as we are excited to be part of that continued history. Let us know if we can assist in providing an authentic numbers-matching build or performance upgraded engine for your special project car – 800-827-7455 ext. 13987.

In the next week we will prepare a new group of JASPER Associates to man the new showcase trailer along with its rolling displays, flat-screen monitors, literature and swag as anticipation builds for another great show. If you're in the Syracuse area July 17-19, stop in and check out all of the sweet rides, activities and, of course, pay the guys at the JASPER exhibit a visit. We look forward to seeing you there!