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.”

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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

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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.

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JASPER's Catapulting Power

These days JASPER products can be found just about anywhere. Just ask Roman's Design, a California-based business specializing in custom-built machinery. Roman's most recent activity involves the Royal Canadian Air Cadets with a contract for 11 glider launching systems as part of their glider training program. The launcher is a single winch drum built on a solid steel frame. It's powered by a JASPER Remanufactured International 7.3L diesel engine producing 325 horsepower. When placed at the end of a runway, or field, the 6,700 pound system can pull a tethered glider into the air at speeds in excess of 80 mph.

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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."