(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
The JASPER Rolling Showcase rolled out earlier this week for its third show of the season. Today and throughout this weekend you’ll find us at the Goodguys 22nd Heartland Nationals in Des Moines, IA.
This year’s show features over 4,000 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks through ’72. There are many vendor and manufacturer exhibits, an auto cross, swap meet, live music, free entertainment for the kids and a fireworks extravaganza on Saturday night at approximately 9:30pm. Stop by the JASPER exhibit and check out our many product displays, informative videos and on-line pricing. If you have any questions about our products, or reviving your ride, feel free to ask one of our friendly representatives. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
Jasper Engines & Transmissions has this trailer scheduled to depart Saturday afternoon to deliver items directly to the People impacted by the tornado in Oklahoma. Jasper Engines & Transmissions, OFS Brands and German American Bank are collecting items at various locations throughout the county for victims of the recent tornado in Oklahoma. The following items are being requested: bottled water, Gatorade, wet wipes, diapers, individually wrapped snacks, hand sanitizer, sun screen, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, work gloves, heavy duty trash bags, shovels and buckets. Clothing will not be accepted. Cash donations can be made directly to German American Bank. All German American offices are registered collection sites with the American Red Cross to accept donations for the Oklahoma tornado relief efforts. You can drop off any cash or checks written to the American Red Cross at any of their offices in southern Indiana. Items can be dropped off in Jasper Friday, May 24 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. and tomorrow, May 25 from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Jasper Engines & Transmissions trailer at Christian Church of Jasper, located at 1450 Energy Drive. The Huntingburg site will be taking donations on Friday, May 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the OFS Brands trailer in the parking lot of Memorial Gym, located at 412 E. 5th Street.
For the past five years, Jasper Engines & Transmission’s Relay for Life team, JET NASCURE, has sponsored the "Pie in the Eye" event to help raise money for the Dubois County Relay for Life. JASPER Associates donated $.25 per vote to see their favorite three of twelve candidates get a "Pie in the Eye." This year’s winner was Brady Walton from Indiana Tool & Die with 333 votes, second place went to Chip Morris from Inside Sales with 154 votes and Ryan Stiles from the Transmission Division rounded out the top three with 33 votes. It should be noted that Brady’s co-workers, along with the patronage of many JASPER Associates, helped boost his votes through break time breakfast sales of delicious snacks. This year’s Pie in the Eye event fetched $655.27, which JASPER will match bringing the event total to $1,310.54. JET NASCURE has already raised $10,322 in donations so far this year.