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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!

Building Trust in the Automotive Marketplace

Jasper Engines & Transmissions has earned an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB). The BBB has determined that JASPER meets BBB accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any consumer complaint. BBB Accredited Businesses pay a fee for accreditation review/monitoring and for support of BBB services to the public. This rating system represents the BBB’s opinion of how the business is likely to interact with its customers. It’s based on information the BBB is able to obtain about the business, including complaints received from the public.  The BBB seeks and uses information directly from businesses and from public data sources. Here at JASPER, we recognize the importance of building trust and respect and in developing customer relationships built on honesty and integrity. The BBB supports JASPER's ethical interactions with its customers, both the installer and the end-user, in the marketplace. JASPER has been a BBB Accredited Business since October 22nd, 1999. BBB Business Reviews generally explain the most significant factors that raise or lower a business’s rating. We would also like to thank all of our installers for the favorable comments they post to the BBB, and other forums, about us. We ask that you continue this practice, as it creates a favorable impression in the eyes of vehicle owners who read BBB reviews. These positive reviews not only help JASPER grow, but also the businesses who install our products.

Sunnen SV20 Aids in Torque Plate Honing Process

Many of you are familiar with JASPER’s long-standing process of torque plate honing blocks to ensure the proper size and shape of the cylinder. However, with the modern materials of today’s engine blocks, we’ve partnered with Sunnen to develop a new torque plate honing device - the SV20.

What was once a manual process, this machine uses automated size control, and gives JASPER more control and tighter tolerances on our cylinder bore than ever before.

Once the block is loaded into the SV20, the machine can be programmed to hone the first cylinder to the size requested. Microprocessors in the boring bar control the amount of force applied to the cylinder, ensuring a consistent bore diameter from top to bottom.

“The machine employs recall memory so that all cylinders in a particular block can be honed to the exact same spec as the previous cylinder,” said Randy Bauer, JASPER Gas Division Manager. “This assures that all cylinders within that block are the same size.”

The use of the Sunnen SV20 in our remanufacturing process is just one more way JASPER builds value into each of our products.

JASPER Driveline Division Prepares for 2015 Racing Season

A new year of racing is upon us. The Driveline Division of Jasper Engines & Transmissions looks to build upon an impressive 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Five of the top 10 drivers in the 2014 final points standings drove cars equipped with JASPER products: Denny Hamlin finished third, Joey Logano was fourth, Brad Keselowski was fifth, Matt Kenseth was seventh and Kyle Busch was tenth. Sprint Cup Series cars equipped with JASPER products accounted for 16 wins in 2014, 72 top-five finishes, 125 top-ten finishes, and earned 15 pole position starts. “Everyone was very satisfied with our products in 2014,” says Terry DeKemper, JASPER Driveline Division Manager. “We’re definitely looking forward to 2015." Preparing for the 2015 racing season has left the division little time to reflect on previous success. Joe Gibbs Racing drivers Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Matt Kenseth will have their cars equipped with the JASPER traditional three-rail 4-Speed Transmission. Michael Waltrip Racing drivers Clint Boyer and Brian Vickers, along with Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex, will use JASPER’s single-rail version of the 4-Speed that allows a single external rail to rotate and move two internal forks to engage the four forward gears. Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano and Ryan Blaney, will have their Sprint Cup Series cars equipped with a JASPER Differential for 2015. “These race teams choose JASPER for our quality, durability and longevity with no component issues,” said DeKemper. “That’s huge when you try and run for a Championship… You can’t afford to fall out of one race.” The JASPER Driveline Division has worked with race teams in response to NASCAR’s implementation of tapered spacers on Sprint Cup Series engines for 2015. The spacers reduce engine horsepower and DeKemper anticipates a busy year ahead as transmission gearing is expected to dramatically change at each event. “The engines will make about 150 horsepower less than last year, and it will be vital for drivers to maintain high engine RPM during the race,” he said. “We’re expecting drivers to do a lot more on-track shifting, even at tracks where they do not normally shift gears.”

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Every year on the fourth Thursday of November, Americans gather for family, feasts and football. As we celebrate this year, let's pause for a moment to reflect and give thanks for the truly important things in life. We all have a lot to be thankful for, however we must also remember those who are less fortunate.

We wish you safe travels and joyful times with family and friends this holiday weekend.

On the Road to Retirement

On August 5th, Linda Carver retired from JET Transit, a subsidiary of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, after providing over 11 years of excellent over-the-road transit service. We would like to congratulate Linda on logging over 1,000,000 Accident-Free Safety Miles with JET Transit and for being the first female driver to achieve this level with our company. Linda was awarded the Indiana Motor Truck Association Master Driver Award and also competed in the IMTA Truck Driving Championships for several years in the box truck division.

Linda plans on spending her retirement enjoying more time with her seven grandchildren, as well as camping and time in her garden. We wish Linda the best and hope she enjoys her retirment.

A Special "Thank You" to Our JASPER Drivers

How many times have you been on vacation, or driving from Point ‘A’ to Point ‘B’, and you see a Jasper Engines and Transmissions truck pass you by? The chances of this happening are very good. Because without our World Class Drivers on the road, the products we produce would never make it to our customers.

Sure, there are other trucking companies out there, but none compare to the World Class Drivers that we get to call our own.

Here are some statistics that will show you how great JASPER drivers truly are:

• We have 185 drivers between our Over-The-Road and Local Branch Delivery Drivers. These drivers travel a staggering 200,000 miles a week. To put that in perspective, that’s almost a trip to the Moon   (238,000 miles), or eight trips around the world (25,000 miles) every week.

• Our 48 Over-The-Road drivers visit all 40 Branches, two Distribution Centers, even a couple of vendors, running 55 different routes, making 162 stops.

• Our 137 Branch Drivers run 425 routes per week and visit close to 4,800 customers.

• And let’s not forget our two shuttle drivers that make those daily trips between the Crawford
County and Jasper facilities to move cores and finished product to the proper locations.

So the next time you are taking a trip around this great country of ours, be on the lookout for one of the many trucks in the JASPER fleet.

Thank you JASPER truck drivers!

2015 JASPER Calendar Email has Changed!

The Jasper Engines & Transmissions 2014 calendar is out. We had some great entries, and a big “Thank You” goes to everyone.

But we can’t rest on our laurels – we’re in the preliminary stages for our 2015 calendar. Do you, or your customer, have a vehicle that’s calendar worthy? Don’t hesitate! Send us your entry!

Entrants must submit a high-resolution color photograph and information about their unique vehicle, or performance car or truck, along with the JASPER remanufactured product that has been installed. Vehicles should be placed in a “show” type setting. Low resolution digital images transferred onto photo paper cannot be accepted. High-resolution digital images, 8” x 10” at 300 dpi, are preferred. All entries will be judged based on adherence to the category, equipment appearance and the quality of the photograph.

REMINDER!!! The deadline for 2015 Calendar entries is August 1st. If you have vehicle images, and would like to request an entry form, or for additional information, contact Jennifer Hohl at