Jasper Engines and Transmissions Expansion of Manufacturing Operations

JASPER Transmission Expansion Announcement

Jasper Engines & Transmissions CEO Doug Bawel (left), Lt. Govenor Sue Ellspermann and Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz announced JASPER's plan to expand manufacturing operations locally, adding 235 new jobs.

Official Release:

Jasper, Indiana (April 30, 2014) – CEO Doug Bawel joined state and local officials in announcing the company’s plans to expand its footprint in Jasper, Indiana, to create additional jobs and reinvest in the former Kimball Plastics manufacturing facility located at 1220 Power Drive in Jasper, Indiana.

“Jasper Engines & Transmissions is a great Indiana economic success story. The company that has prospered and provided thousands of jobs for Hoosiers for over 70 years is expanding again,” said Lt. Gov. Ellspermann. “We continue to see how our business-friendly tax and regulatory policies plus our dedicated workforce make Indiana a place where companies want to expand and locate. Our record-breaking job growth shows that Indiana truly is a state that works.”

The homegrown-Hoosier company, which remanufactures drivetrain components, plans to invest $6.9 million to renovate and equip a 220,000 sq. foot facility presently vacant within ½ mile of its current 367,000 square-foot facility at 815 Wernsing Road in Jasper. The additional facility will become the new home of JASPER’S Transmission Division which includes disassembly, machining, assembly, testing and warehousing of automotive drivetrain components. Bawel said they plan to be fully operational this fall.

JASPER currently employs more than 2,600 Associates throughout the United States, including more than 1,445 in Indiana. The company has already begun advertising for positions in manufacturing, maintenance, information technology, distribution, engineering and quality control positions in Jasper.

“When looking at our options for expansion, no other place measured up to the business climate in Indiana,” said Doug Bawel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JASPER. “Jasper Engines and Transmissions is growing at a high rate and this expansion is thanks to our hard-working Associates and our company’s dedication to excellence in producing our products. This is Phase One of the approval needed for this project as we now await Phase Two which is the City of Jasper’s approval of local real and personal tax abatement. We are excited to grow production here, and are very hopeful, with the State taking the lead, we can bring this project to fruition quickly.”

Jim Thyen, President and CEO of Kimball International, stated "This transaction is clearly a "Win-Win" scenario for everyone: Kimball, Jasper Engines and Transmissions, and the local community. We are extremely happy that we could reach agreement with a local company who we know to be a long-time, good corporate citizen in the community. JASPER’s expansion sends a strong message about the viability of this industrial area and our community's openness to economic development."

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Jasper Engine Exchange, Inc. up to $1,150,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $200,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The project is contingent upon Jasper Engines and Transmissions receiving real and personal property tax abatement from the City of Jasper.

About Jasper Engines & Transmissions

Jasper Engine & Transmission Exchange, founded in 1942, is a remanufacturer of drivetrain components, including gas and diesel engines, transmissions and differentials. The company also remanufactures marine components such as stern drives, outboard powerheads and lower units, as well as, diesel fuel and air system components. Included in the product mix are engines and transmissions for performance and classic car restorations. JASPER operates three remanufacturing facilities and distributes its products nationwide through their 42 branch locations and two distribution centers. JASPER is committed to providing high quality, value-oriented products with excellent customer service.

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Back in Time with the Hoosier Model A's

Hoosier Model A's

Don Bowne of Cambridge City, IN can be seen in the background polishing his 1930 Model A Town Sedan.

The Hoosier Model A's, a car club out of the Anderson, Indiana area, visited our Jasper facility this morning. "We were all very impressed with the magnitude of the facility and what JASPER's doing," stated club member Mike Mattingly. There were eleven Model A's in the group, one of which was recently brought out of a 40-year storage; its engine was remanufactured by JASPER over 50 years ago.

The Ford Model A of 1928 - 1931 was available in a variety of body styles and came equipped with a water-cooled L-head 4-cylinder engine matched with a 3-speed sliding gear manual transmission capable of speeds around 65 mph.

All of the vehicles in this group were awesome examples of a past era that are being preserved for future generations to admire and enjoy. We would once again like to thank the Hoosier Model A's for their visit. If you're a member of a car club and would like to schedule a tour for your group, e-mail Joyce at j.kaltenbacher@jasperengines.com. Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Pirelli is primarily known for manufacturing what type of auto part?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: Which former Indy Racing League driver founded a
perfor
mance exhaust company in 1986?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: "Billy" Boat

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Eastward Bound for Carlisle, PA

2014 Showcase Trailer

The JASPER Rolling Showcase is loaded and ready for trip number two!

Our Performance Crew is once again ready to travel eastward, but this time to Carlisle, PA for the Spring Carlisle Collector Car Swap Meet and Corral. This five-day spring event begins Wednesday, April 23rd and runs through Sunday the 27th. The Carlisle event hosts thousands of collector and classic automotive enthusiasts, over 8,000 vending spaces, 2,000 vehicles for sale at the car corral and even a two-day car auction with well over 300 cars expected to cross the block.

Stop by the JASPER exhibit and check out our many product displays, informative videos; if you have any questions about reviving your ride, feel free to ask one of our friendly representatives. For this show we've also loaded some additional items for sale. We've included; Jasper EcoTech Flex Lights, JASPER 70th anniversary tacker signs, assorted performance parts & accessories and even a cut-away Cup Car Engine!

From all your friends at JASPER, have a safe and enjoyable Easter weekend!

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: Which former Indy Racing League driver founded a performance
exhaust company in 1986?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What American sports car evolved from "Project Opel"?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Chevrolet Corvette

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Darrell T.

Automotive Trivia

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Friddle: What American sports car evolved from "Project Opel"?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: A vehicle's OBD system provides access to the status of various vehicle
sub-systems. What does the acronym OBD stand for
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: On-Board Diagnostics

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Terry

Joey Logano Wins at Texas with His JASPER Differential

Joey Logano, running a JASPER Differential, took the win in a green-white-checkered finish at Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend. It was Logano's first win at Texas Motor Speedway. Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers, both running the JASPER 4-Speed Transmission, finished third and fourth respectively. JASPER Race Products had a total of five Top-10 finishes in the Inaugural Duck Commander 500.

A recap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series finishes follows.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - Duck Commander 500 - Texas Motor Speedway

1st     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
3rd     Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
4th     Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
7th     Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
8th     Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
13th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
15th   Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
30th   Michael McDowell (JASPER Differential)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Standings

2nd    Matt Kenseth (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
4th     Joey Logano (JASPER Differential)
5th     Kyle Busch (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
8th     Brad Keselowski (JASPER Differential)
9th     Brian Vickers (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
13th   Denny Hamlin (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
17th   Clint Bowyer (JASPER 4-Speed Transmission)
40th   Michael McDowell (JASPER Differential)

Next up...

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series - April 12: Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway

First Car Show of the Year – Charlotte AutoFair & Swap Meet

JASPER Showcase Truck

One of our crew members getting a little track time?

Our Performance Specialists made their way to the Charlotte AutoFair & Swap Meet at the Charlotte Motor Speedway for our first scheduled car show of the year (April 3rd through the 6th).

This world-famous event features 9,500 vendor spaces packed full of restoration parts and cars for sale. Plus, over 1,600 vehicles for sale in the car corral on the oval track. Over 100,000 collector vehicle buyers and restorers are expected to attend!

JASPER's Rolling Showcase is on site with engine and transmission displays, literature, interactive media and Jasper EcoTech flex light demonstrations. If you're planning to attend, stop by the JASPER display this weekend for some goodies and see what we have to offer!

Automotive Trivia

friddle-t-shirt

Friddle: A vehicle's OBD system provides access to the status of various vehicle
sub-systems. What does the acronym OBD stand for?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.

Last Week’s Friddle: What retired, three-time, Indianapolis 500 winner will be
driving the pace car in this year's Indy 500
?

Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Dario Franchitti

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: Robert B.

JASPER Makes Changes to Production Leadership, Management Staff

Production Leadership

 

Left to right: Craig Leuck accepted an opportunity with the Jasper Production System team. Sara Schmidt succeeded Craig in leading the Jasper Transmission Division. Shari Gress has been named Production Control Division Manager.

Jasper Engines & Transmissions is pleased to announce the following changes to its leadership team and Management Staff.

After 17 years of leading the Jasper Transmission Division, Craig Leuck has accepted a new opportunity with the Jasper Production System (JPS) team. Craig’s primary responsibilities are supporting workshop and event teams, as well as teaching and supporting Continuous Improvement activities throughout the company. Craig began his career with JASPER 19 years ago, spending two years in Facility Maintenance prior to joining the Transmission Division. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to join our Jasper
Production System team,” said Leuck. “This change allows me to further my knowledge of our overall production system, as well as be able to support our Associates and drive improvement throughout our organization.”

Sara Schmidt has been named the new Transmission Division Manager at the Jasper, Indiana, facility. Sara began her career with JASPER eight years ago working in People Services. Sara has worked in the Crawford Transmission Division, Transmission Division Manager at Willow Springs, Missouri, DOJO Manager, and most recently, Division Manager of Jasper Certified Components.

“I am both honored and excited to join the transmission team as we continue building upon its long standing reputation of remanufacturing high-quality products,” said Schmidt. “As JASPER continues on its journey to be the Brand of Choice to our customers, and the Company of Choice to our current and future Associate-Owners, we look for leaders with cross-functional experiences willing to develop processes, develop people and lead change,” said John Schroeder, JASPER Vice President of Drivetrain Remanufacturing. “Both Craig and Sara have proven track records of success and we are confident they will do well in their new roles.

”In addition, Shari Gress has been named Production Control Division Manager. Shari joined JASPER as an auditor, served on the implementation team and eventually became Operations Manager of Jasper Innovative Solutions. She most recently served as Assistant Manager of Production Control. As Manager, Shari will oversee product scheduling, conveyance, part/core procurement and internal parts stores.