Automotive Trivia 10/06/17

Friddle: Which German automaker offered the V8 powered 928?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
Chrysler offers fuel-saving MDS technology. What does
the acronym MDS stand for
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Multi-Displacement System
Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner

Automotive Trivia 9/29/17

Friddle:  Chrysler offers fuel-saving MDS technology. What does the acronym
MDS stand for?

Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
What does the automotive-related acronym BTDC stand for?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Before Top Dead Center

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner


Do You Need a Quick New Idea That Will Give You a Competitive Edge?

When your business is running at peak performance, take a look back at all the hard work it took you to get there. It takes years to become an overnight success! You got there by making big improvements early on and now you are making small tweaks that continue to build your differentiation in the marketplace.
In a recent Town Hall Academy, we provided tips and ideas that would give your shop an edge. There are many simple, tried and true ideas that shop owners have implemented that will continue to build your business into the preferred service center in your community.
Many of the ideas shared on the Academy focus on the customer experience. No argument that clean restrooms are a must, but a super clean, ala the Ritz, restroom would be taking differentiation to a new level. Smart phone charging stations for your customers, and fresh baked cookies, may make your shop the talk of the town.
Becoming a certified child seat installer, offering free car washes, wiping off the dash and cleaning windows are opportunities that will create loyalty from these unexpected services.
This Academy has twenty-one tips on giving you an edge. Warning: Don’t just listen to them without making a commitment to take at least one idea and implement it. You’ll create a trend of differentiation that your people will help continue.
Find a key idea and implement it. Knowledge IS power, but the REAL POWER is in the implementation of that knowledge. 
Get all twenty-one tips here:

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75 Years – An Anniversary worth Celebrating


This year we are celebrating our 75th anniversary! Jasper Engines and Transmissions was founded in 1942 through the vision of Alvin C. Ruxer. We have been remanufacturing quality products since 1942 and today we are the nation’s largest remanufacturer of gas and diesel engines, transmissions, differentials, rear axle assemblies, marine engines, stern drives, performance engines, and electric motors.

In true JASPER tradition of, “Doing it Right… And Having Fun,” we had an anniversary celebration earlier this month for Associates and their families. It was a wonderful way to celebrate the great success of the past 75 years. We were graced with a beautiful day and many events such as a 5k, Car Show, Health Fair, Magic Show, Bounce Houses/Inflatables, Games, Bingo, Food, Concerts, and more! 

Thank you to all Associates and their hard work in getting us to the 75 year milestone! It is truly an anniversary worth celebrating.







Automotive Trivia 9/22/17

Friddle:  What does the automotive-related acronym BTDC stand for?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
What color did Porsche paint 911 Nr. 1,000,000?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: Irish Green

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: No Winner


A Culture of Servant Leadership and Employee Ownership

JASPER’s Doug Bawel, Chairman and CEO, and Zach Bawel, President and COO, were recently guests on a podcast and cited in a blog by Kyle DeFur, President of TrueU. They discussed how servant leadership and Associate (employee) ownership has affected JASPER’s culture.

JASPER® has worked to create a culture of servant leadership over the past 75 years. This leadership began with Alvin C. Ruxer when he founded the company in 1942, and continued throughout the years with the leaders that followed. It is servant leadership that helped the executive team make the decision to become 100% Associate Owned through an ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) company in 2010.


So what exactly is servant leadership, and what does it mean? A servant leader is someone who makes decisions that benefit their Associates before themselves; someone who looks at how they can make their Associates’ jobs easier, safer, and someone who helps their Associates grow to their fullest potential. The decision to become an ESOP company was made to protect the Associates, the community, and the brand. It was a decision to benefit others and not for personal gain. This is the epitome of servant leadership.


Becoming an ESOP has enhanced the servant leadership culture at JASPER. It has given all Associates, not just those in management positions, the desire to be servant leaders. Work days are no longer only about clocking in and out. Associates now have a vested interest in the greater good of the company. Associates take ownership and pride in everything that is done here at JASPER. They are continuously looking for ways to improve. It has created a culture where it is normal to receive 18,000+ improvement ideas annually from Associates. It is a culture where Associates care. They care about their coworkers, the company, and the product.


Here at JASPER, we are proud to say that each unit that leaves our facility was built by an owner of our company. Our Associate-Owners have a vested interest and care to be sure that each unit is built perfectly for you.




Automotive Trivia 9/15/17

Friddle:  What color did Porsche paint 911 Nr. 1,000,000?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  
In what year was the Pontiac Firebird introduced?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1967

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced


Automotive Trivia 9/08/17

Friddle:  In what year was the Pontiac Firebird introduced?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle:  I
n what year was the Ford Motor Company founded?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: 1903

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced


Automotive Trivia 9/01/17

Friddle:  In what year was the Ford Motor Company founded?
Check our blog next Friday for the answer and another Friddle.
Last Week’s Friddle: 
The Rocky Mountain Edition was a special edition of which Jeep model?
Last Week’s Friddle Answer: "X" model

Last Week’s Friddle Contest Winner: To Be Announced


JASPER® Sponsored Habitat for Humanity Home Completed

Saturday, August 26, 2017 was a monumental day for a local deserving mother and her two children as she received the keys to their new Habitat for Humanity home, which was sponsored by Jasper Engines and Transmissions. 


The local family has been anxiously awaiting their new home since they qualified in 2015 through Habitat for Humanity. The team broke ground on April 22 and since then, there has been countless hours put in by volunteers. JASPER® is proud to have been a part of this process and in awe of the many JASPER Associate/Owners that dedicated their time to this project. JASPER wishes the best to the family and their new home!


Habitat for Humanity of Dubois County was founded 18 years ago, and has helped 13 local families by partnering with them to build simple, good housing. Habitat selects “partner families” to become Habitat homeowners. Much like the idea of paying forward, before the groundbreaking begins, partner families must invest a minimum of 150 hours of “Sweat Equity”, usually by helping to build other Habitat homes elsewhere. Beyond the groundbreaking, a partner family must then invest a cumulative total of 300 hours in order to move into their own Habitat house.