JASPER, Ind. — Since its inception over 70 years ago, Jasper Engines and Transmissions has offered remanufactured vehicle components, and today its product line includes remanufactured gas and diesel engines, transmissions and differentials, which can be used for school buses.
The company also offers diesel fuel and air system components.
Jasper Engines and Transmissions was founded in 1942 by Alvin C. Ruxer, who owned a successful Ford dealership. At that time, automobile production ceased as manufacturing was devoted to the war effort, so remanufacturing became an alternate method of providing vehicle owners with reliable transportation in the absence of new cars.
When the war ended, Ruxer formed a new company: Jasper Engine Exchange. This became the basis of Jasper Engines and Transmissions and the many product lines it offers today.
Among the company’s goals are to provide high-quality, reliable and value-priced products to its customers, and to that end, Jasper Engines and Transmissions has developed the Jasper Production System (JPS).
The JPS is a combination of Jasper’s workforce and the processes and systems that guide the company’s remanufacturing procedures, officials said. JPS processes often include detailed directions and graphical instructions, all designed to provide consistent procedures throughout the company and maintain consistent quality in the finished product.
Jasper Engines and Transmissions has managed to keep prices consistent on most common units for the last five years, according to the company, with pricing reduced on some units.
Jasper has been able to accomplish this by implementing a policy of lean initiatives through continuous improvement and reduction of waste. The company encourages its associates to constantly evaluate the work they are doing and offer ideas on how they can do the work more efficiently. Today, the company is 30% more productive than it was three years ago, officials said.
Jasper’s main remanufacturing facility is located in Jasper, Ind. Remanufacturing facilities are also located in Crawford County, Ind., and Willow Springs, Mo. The company has 42 regional sales offices throughout the country.
Those regional locations are serviced by two main distribution centers: Crawford County, Ind., in the east, and Kingman, Ariz., for the western region. Sixty percent of Jasper’s inventory is housed at these distribution centers. The rest is housed throughout the regional locations.
For more information about Jasper Engines and Transmissions, visit www.jasperengines.com.