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!
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.
For Immediate Release November 4, 2013
Weller-Jasper Joint Press ReleaseJohn 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.
(JASPER, IN – October 31, 2013) That's right! This Halloween we had two charitable events running simultaneously. 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."
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". 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.
The 2013 Amsoil Street Rodder Road Tour makes a stop at the Jasper Facility as part of a week-long drive from Tennessee to Michigan. Eleven participants in the 2013 Amsoil Street Rodder Road Tour visited the Jasper Facility on September 9th. Tour participants took the opportunity to park their beautiful cars on the front lawn of the Jasper facility before embarking on a guided tour. Many cars came from Ohio, with some as far as Florida, North Carolina and Montana. The JASPER stop was part of a week-long "Shades of the Past" driving tour, which began in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, on September 8th and will wrap up at a National Street Road Association event in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on September 15th. The trip also included stops at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, the Studebaker National Museum in South Bend and the Gilmore Car Museum near Kalamazoo.
U.S. 9th District Representative Todd Young shakes hands with Steve Knust during a meeting with Associates at the Jasper Facility. U.S. 9th District Representative Todd Young visited the Jasper Facility in early August. Young represents Jasper's neighboring congressional district and sits on the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Young was greeted by JASPER President and COO Zach Bawel, Chairman and CEO Doug Bawel, and other senior leadership members. They toured the production facility, then had the opportunity to sit down with five JASPER Associates: Joyce Kaltenbacher, Lori Skomp, Steve Knust, Alex Ernst and T.J. McAtee to discuss the benefits of the company's Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). These benefits were expressed in a recent study by Alex Brill, CEO of the consulting firm Matrix Global Advisors. The study found that Associate-Owned companies are not only more profitable and productive, but also more resilient during economic fluctuations compared to the general private sector. After speaking with Associates, Rep. Young, who has already voiced his support for ESOPs at a Ways and Means Committee hearing this year, shared that he would support ESOPs in tax legislation when it comes before the Committee as a part of comprehensive tax reform. Rep. Young is the third member of Congress to visit a JASPER facility this year. In January, the Jasper facility hosted Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly. In July, Missouri Congressman Jason Smith visited the Willow Springs, MO facility.
Susie Loven serves as JASPER's Team Captain for both the Alzheimer's Association and Relay for Life. JASPER offers "Casual Days" throughout the year to help raise money for various charitable groups and foundations. Recent JASPER Casual Days have funded donations to Relay for Life and Dubois County Families with Direction. In celebration of this weekend's Labor Day holiday, Casual Day donations are going to the Alzheimer's Association. Associates can wear casual clothes for a $1 donation and JASPER matches the amount collected. Today, JASPER and its Associates raised over $3oo! Thanks to all who participated and have a great holiday weekend.
JASPER's Crawford County remanufacturing facility has earned Star Certification in the Indiana Department of Labor's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). A ceremony, held July 22nd at the Crawford facility, provided an opportunity for Associates, staff and management to showcase their exemplary safety status to state labor officials. "JASPER has a great safety culture," said JASPER Safety Director Jason Pieper. "Earning Star Certification is just the foundation for where we want to be in our continuing safety journey." VPP, Indiana's Voluntary Protection Program, was established to recognize and promote safety and health management programs throughout the state. "You are one of just 59 VPP Star Certified sites in the state of Indiana, and there are over 480,000 employers in the state," says Beth Gonzalez, VPP Team Leader for the Indiana Department of Labor. "It's all about Continuous Improvement," said Zach Bawel, JASPER President and Chief Operating Officer. "Associates have done a great job submitting safety ideas as part of JASPER's Continuous Improvement program. We must continue submitting these safety ideas, because the most important thing as Associate-Owners of the company is that our fellow owners go home safely."
Users of JASPER's e-Commerce Portal will see some exciting changes to their online accounts in the near future. The new My Jasper Account Guide will be reorganized and easier to use. There will be no banners or clutter - just easy to understand icons and several new features:
- Easier set-up, sign-in and administration of pricing and purchasing
- Ability to notify JASPER that your core is ready and informs scheduling
- Capability to start a warranty case and receive preliminary diagnostics to perform
- Purchase history and accounting information (invoices and credit memos can be viewed and printed)
- Monthly statements
- Ability to customize how you would like to receive your account billing information, mail, fax or e-mail (invoice and statement preferences can be edited)
- Access to the JASPER Newsletter, Product Spotlights and Updates
- Access to the JASPER "Blog"
- Contact info for individual Sales Representatives will display for the customer
- Easier to find Co-op Advertising information