Matt Weinzapfel, JASPER Vice President of Engine Manufacturing, recently completed a two-year term as President of the Production Engine Remanufacturers Association (PERA). Matt began his term in 2010 and felt his greatest accomplishment as PERA president was for his board to provide direction in an organization that dealt with change from the economic difficulties of 2008-09. “During that time, our industry dealt with massive consolidation and fallout of competitors within the engine remanufacturing business,” says Weinzapfel. “We were left with just a handful of players in the industry and, therefore, our industry association shrunk as well.” Weinzapfel said decisions were made on how PERA could remain viable. This included a reduction in the number of meetings PERA holds each year, but Matt added the Association’s mission remains two-fold. “First, PERA needs to be a technical resource for our remanufacturing membership, which includes how to improve the processes to build a better engine,” he said. “Second, PERA must be a forum within the industry for people to share information and provide information for our supplier base to offer the quality products remanufacturers demand.” Weinzapfel was the fourth JASPER Associate to serve as PERA president, joining Doug Bawel, Brad Bawel and Mike Schwenk. “I think it speaks highly of JASPER to have had a high level of involvement within the industry,” says Weinzapfel. “We view that as important, not only for our company, but to support remanufacturing as an industry. It’s all about making a remanufactured product a viable alternative for the end-user, and we’re trying to do that.” As JASPER’s Vice President of Engine Manufacturing, Matt oversees the remanufacturing processes of the Gas Engine and Diesel Engine Divisions, as well as the Jasper Authentic Custom Drivetrains Division.