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A Letter of Thanks from PA

Recently, one of our customers spent a day with us touring our Indiana facilities. Here's what he had to say...

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a very enjoyable and informative tour of the JASPER remanufacturing facilities. My entire experience was extremely well organized and pleasant from beginning to end. Touring the facilities allowed me to appreciate exactly how much expertise and quality goes into remanufacturing a JASPER product. Along with learning more about specific JASPER products, the tour allowed me to ask questions regarding the entire remanufacturing process. Thank you again for a unique insight into Jasper Engines & Transmissions and for providing your customers with complete access to the JASPER facilities. I would also like to personally thank our JASPER Representative, Joe Tomlinson, for the exceptional job he does all year long.

Sincerely,
Michael Cole, Owner
Michael Cole Enterprises, Inc.
West Grove, Pennsylvania


 

JASPER® Engine Still Running Strong After 43 Years Under the Hood


Bill and Jane Johnson during a recent visit at JASPER's headquarters.


Bill Johnson, Jr. of Lexington, Kentucky, bought a remanufactured JASPER engine in the fall of 1974 for his 1965 Chevy Belair. The 230ci ‘Turbo-Thrift’ inline six-cylinder continues to deliver mile after mile performance, totaling approximately 120,000 miles, 43 years after its installation.

Bill, and his wife, Jane, were at Jasper Engines & Transmissions May 2nd for a walk-through tour of the Wernsing Road facility. Johnson is a member of the Vintage Motor Car Club of America. The group was participating in the first leg of a “Lewis & Clark” tour between New Albany, Indiana, and St. Louis, Missouri when they stopped at JASPER.    

Johnson’s mother purchased the car new in 1965 for $2,600.00, and gave the car to her son during his sophomore year in college. Originally a daily driver, the Belair is now considered a ‘Hobby Car’. Johnson drives the car on antique car tours across the country. It’s most recent trips include the summits of Mt. Evans, the highest paved road on the North American continent, and Pikes Peak, both in Colorado. “It’s been driven down to the southern end of US 1 (Key West, Florida), Times Square and Cape Cod.”

“It’s been a flawless engine that’s still getting us down the road. I would buy another JASPER product in a heartbeat,” Johnson said.

 

 

 

JASPER Drivers Win IMTA Team Championship

(Left to right): JET Transit drivers Brian Kuhs, Rich Mehling, Bob Pickett and Dennis Schepers hoist the IMTA Team Championship Trophy.

Four over-the-road drivers from Jasper Engines & Transmissions’ transportation division, JET Transit, brought home the Team Championship trophy from the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA) 2016 Truck Driving and Technician Championships, held June 10th and 11th in Indianapolis.
 
Drivers competing for JET Transit were: Bob Pickett, Dennis Schepers, Brian Kuhs and Rich Mehling. The IMTA Championships allow some of Indiana’s finest driving professionals to compete against each other.
 
The competition consisted of a written examination, a pre-trip inspection, and a driving skills test. JET Transit’s four drivers had the top average score of the 20 transportation operations participating in the division.
 
Individually, Bob Pickett earned a share of 1st place in the tanker truck division and was a top-10 finisher in the Grand Champion competition. Dennis Schepers brought home 3rd place in the straight truck division. Brian Kuhs placed 4th in 5-axle sleeper berth tractor-semitrailer and Rich Mehling placed 5th in 4-axle tractor-semitrailer.
 
“JET Transit has competed in this competition for many years, and we’re just extremely proud of the performance of our drivers in 2016,” said Curt Petry, JET Transit Director, who was recognized as the 2015 IMTA Safety Professional of the Year. “We feel we have the most professional drivers in the industry, and they represent JASPER very well.”
 
 

JASPER Remanufactured Transmission Discovered in Project Vehicle

Ken Hooper of Blue Mound, Illinois, recently purchased a project vehicle. It's a stretched Jeep body on a 1980 K20 4x4 chassis. Ken said, "this vehicle has been driven on the road for many years, but it's also been a very dependable mud truck and still runs and drives great." Currently, the vehicle is undergoing an overhaul, the engine and transmission are still in great working order and will not be replaced. JASPER's technical support helped determine that the vehicle's transmission is a Turbo 400, remanufactured by Jasper Engines & Transmissions back in 1989. Ken said, "this transmission has lasted for many years longer than the original. Thank you, JASPER."


 

Talking Shop in a Sea of Subarus


Frank the Owner of Lioe's Automotive Service and I discussing Subaru engine updates and building processes at his shop in Seattle, WA.


This week I had a unique opportunity to go on the road with some of our fine Sales Representatives throughout the upper Northwest. Hello everyone, my name is Jason Hulsman and I work in the Marketing Division for JASPER at the corporate office in Jasper, Indiana. We recently released the JASPER remanufactured Subaru 2.5L SOHC engine and I was fortunate enough to ride along with our Reps to promote it in quite possibly the largest market for this engine in the United States.

JASPER performs a long list of updates on the Subaru 2.5L, including: stronger redesigned pistons with improved oil drainback, updated Multi-layer Steel (MLS) head gaskets, improved head and block finishes, better block sealants and sealing processes, torque-plate honed cylinders, nitrided valves, a new oil pump and much more.

Our engineers developed a submersion pressure test to ensure this engine is free of oil leaks, click "here" to view the video. JASPER Technicians also live-run test each engine and perform an additional black light leak inspection. The JASPER remanufactured Subaru 2.5L SOHC engine is backed by a 3 Year/100,000 Mile Nationwide Warranty (full warranty disclosure is available on our website). To learn more about the Subaru 2.5L SOHC engine ask your local Sales Representative for a presentation, or give us a call at 800-827-7455.

 

 

 

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.

Two-Door Fun at Mid America Motorworks

MAM Show Pictures taken Thursday morning courtesy of our Driver Alan Schwenk. The JASPER Rolling Showcase is taking part in one of the largest Corvette parties in the world. Every September since 1994 Mid America Motorworks celebrates Corvette Funfest at their corporate campus in Effingham, Illinois. Corvette enthusiasts have the opportunity to engage in four days of activities including: Corvette expert seminars, product displays, fashion shows, Corvette Clubs and entertainment. What else is going on? Last night there was a Corvette Fun Run motoring back scenic area roads and through downtown Effingham. Tonight there's a charity event and tomorrow night the Surf City All Stars will perform at the Funfest Amphitheater. Many years ago, some friends and I attended a Funfest event, needless to say we had an awesome time. So, if you're in the area and you love Corvettes, or just cars in general, stop by and check out the activities. Don't forget to stop by the JASPER Rolling Showcase - tell them Jason sent ya!

Labor Day Celebration

We're getting close... it's time for another three-day Labor Day weekend for many Americans, and the unofficial end of summer. Besides being excited about a long weekend, I'm also grateful to work for an amazing company with fellow Associates who care about its growth, direction and success. If you didn't already know, JASPER is owned by its Associates through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Yes, JASPER Associates receive an annual allotment of shares. At our last Annual Shareholder Meeting, we discovered that our share price had sky-rocketed 72% over last year's price. Wow! Our shares are now worth $141.45 a piece! In addition to our 401K, the ESOP is essentially a second retirement plan. It's good to know that retirement can be comfortable. To support and sustain growth, we as Associates are constantly coming up with new ideas (continuous improvements) to drive positive change in our processes and improve the quality of products we provide the marketplace. It's not uncommon to hear Associates thanking one another for their intellectual contributions. So sometime this holiday weekend while celebrating with family and friends, reflect on what makes this country so great, hardworking Americans.

Putting Safety First... A Lesson Learned

As adults, we base our decisions and actions on life experiences, education, training and consequences. Much of what we learn on the job is applied at work, but useful off-the-clock as well. A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I decided to renovate the deck, off the front of our house. It needed paint and after further inspection, the wood was so weathered, we decided to replace it. My wife asked me how long to remove the railing, spindles and header trim, my reply was, "about five to ten minutes." Wrong answer! Most of decking came apart with ease, except for the header trim which was attached with screws that had been puttied over. I couldn't find the screw heads, and that's where the lesson begins. I went into my garage and gathered what I thought were the appropriate tools... a six foot stepladder, a mini-sledge hammer and a pry bar. Rule number one, do not rush the planning stage of any new project. I carried my tools down to the deck area, wearing only shorts, a t-shirt, flip-flops and a pair of safety glasses. At least, I was wearing safety glasses! I crawled midway up the ladder, holding the pry bar in one hand and the sledge in the other. I took a couple of swings, the six foot board barely moved, which meant I just had to swing a little harder, right. Well I did! The board was knocked free, and down it fell onto the ladder's paint tray extension as it made its way to the ground. It was one of those slow-motion moments. When the board hit the paint tray extension, it catapulted me backwards onto my back with the ladder falling in the other direction. As I laid on the ground, I raised my head only to find the sledge and pry bar feet away in different directions and somehow I was missing one of my flip-flops. Kind of scary how quickly an accident can happen. I was fine, I got my bearings and finished the job without any further drama. Two weeks later, I was in a safety refresher class here at work. Can you guess the topic... That's right, Ladder Safety! How ironic, don't you think? The class went over the do's and don'ts including: positioning, working height, securement and three-point contact. Again, this blog post is about the importance of applying life lessons, training and all of the things that make us successful in the things we do. So, whether you're working on the job or at home, remember safety first!