Indiana's Governor Visits JASPER Facilities

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Indiana Governor Mike Pence speaks with Maria McKitrick during his June 2nd tour of the Power Drive facility with members of JASPER's Executive Committee.

Indiana Governor, Mike Pence visited the Jasper Engines and Transmissions facilities on June 2nd as part of a tour of southwestern Indiana.

Governor Pence met with JASPER Chairman/ CEO Doug Bawel, Company President Zach Bawel, along with members of JASPER's Executive Committee, to discuss current political issues. Following their meeting, Governor Pence was given a personal tour of the Wernsing Road and Power Drive facilities.

The opening of JASPER's Power Drive facility comes on the heels of other good job reports in Indiana. Dubois county has the lowest unemployment rate in Indiana at 2.9%, well below the state average of 5.4%.

In describing the meeting, Bawel said, "The Governor was very impressed with JASPER's work ethic and, more importantly, the quality of the products our Associates remanufacture."

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Powell Named Director of JASPER Branch Operations

Powell, KevinJASPER congratulates Kevin Powell as he has been named Director of Branch Operations.

In this position, Kevin will oversee the operations at JASPER's 43 branch offices from coast to coast. He also has responsibility for the Branch Auditing and Routing Departments. Kevin will work closely with Regional Management, Branch Auditors, Routers, and Associates at each branch, to ensure operations are running smoothly and that JASPER continues the tradition of building strong relationships with customers and Associates.

Kevin has been a JASPER Associate since 2002 when he began as a Branch Auditor.

Bueltel Named JASPER CFO

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JASPER has announced that Linda Bueltel has been named Chief Financial Officer.

In her position, Linda will manage the Accounting, Tax, Acquisition & Regulatory Compliance Functions as well as oversee the Audit and Valuation processes. She will work closely with the Board of Directors, External Auditors, and Operations on reporting the financial results and opportunities to allow JASPER to continue the tradition of building strong relationships with customers and Associates.

Linda has been a JASPER Associate since 2007 when she began managing the tax process. Congratulations Linda!

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Jasper Engines & Transmissions Names Supplier Award Winners for 2014

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has named its Supplier Award winners for 2014 performance. There were 13 total recipients named in the following three categories, plus an award for outstanding individual partner.

GROWTH Awards
AVON AUTOMOTIVE PRODUCTS
S.A. GEAR INC
DIESEL FORWARD
EAGLE PRECISION PRODUCTS LLC

SERVICE Awards
SONNAX INDUSTRIES
ELGIN INDUSTRIES
CORTECO
MODERN SILICONE

QUALITY Awards
UNITED ENGINE & MACHINE CO
KING ENGINE BEARINGS
NPR OF AMERICA, LLC
BORG WARNER
EXEDY GLOBALPARTS CORP

Outstanding Individual Partner Award
GEORGE SUTTON - MAHLE

Each supplier received a trophy honoring their key role to the company as a true vendor partner in 2014. JASPER presents these awards, annually, to recognize the company’s Partners in Success.

The Growth Award winners were based on a percentage increase spent from 2013 to 2014 (minimum spent = $100,000).

The Quality Award listing was established by joint nominating efforts between JASPER Sourcing and Quality Teams in key areas such as: Supplier Scorecard Results, Corrective Action Requests, Warranties, Quality Control First-Piece History and Quality Issue Resolution.

The Service Award winners were established by joint nominating efforts between Sourcing and Buyers in key areas including: Supplier Scorecard Results, “Can Do” Attitude, Sense of Urgency, Timely Responses, Problem Resolution, and High Level of Expertise.

The Outstanding Individual Partner Award was established by nominating efforts of the Sourcing team, in key areas such as: “Above and Beyond” Daily Support, Timely Responses, Price Negotiations, Critical Decision Making, Part Expediting, and Overall Collaboration and Partnership.

“JASPER is proud to recognize all of these suppliers this year,” says Jay Nelson, JASPER Supplier Development-Sourcing Manager. “We have developed great relationships with many of our suppliers and they continue to be critical partners in the success of Jasper Engines & Transmissions.  In the aftermarket industry, we must all continue to work together to provide the highest quality product; and price those products to provide the greatest value to the customer.”

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Another Successful Pie in The Eye Fund-raiser!

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ITD's Dave Sutton received two pies as the top fund-raising Associate at Pie in The
Eye 2015.

This year's Pie in The Eye event raised over $1,000 for Dubois County Relay for Life, and was considered the most successful in the seven-year history of the fund-raiser.

The top three earners received a pie tossed by Chris Hochgesang, last year’s top recipient. Third place went to Austin Bolton, who received a banana cream pie. Tyler Kirkman was awarded a chocolate pie for his second place finish.

Associates from Indiana Tool & Die held several fundraisers to make sure Department Manager Dave Sutton got his just desserts. Their efforts paid off as Dave had $770 raised against him, which was a record for money raised for an individual Associate.

After receiving his strawberry pie for being the top Associate, Dave earned a second pie from Ryan Nelson, who won a raffle for the opportunity to “deliver” it.

“We definitely could not be making a difference in Dubois County Relay (for Life) without the efforts of our Associates,” said Cori Sturgeon, Pie in The Eye event coordinator. “This activity is the most fun we get to do for Relay for Life every year!”