Jasper Engines & Transmissions has completed the renovation and relocation of its Gas Division within JASPER’s Wernsing Road remanufacturing facility.
The Lifter Department was the last group to move into its new position, joining other Gas Division support groups on the main floor of the facility. “We now have all our remanufacturing on one level,” said Randy Bauer, JASPER Gas Division Manager. “It’s a bit of a relief to be finished, but it was well worth it, because as you walk through our division, you can see how much of a better environment we have made for our Associates.”
The Lifter Department was originally part of Indiana Tool and Die, then was located in its own remanufacturing area on the second floor of the facility. The department has grown to 19 full-time Associates from eight just three years ago. “The department’s size has increased because of the value they bring, in terms of remanufacturing items that we’ve not historically done in the past,” said Bauer. “Not only do the Associates remanufacture lifters, but also tappets, lash adjusters, variable valve timing (VVT) components and chain tensioners. This allows JASPER to reduce the parts costs on the engines these components go into, without sacrificing quality.”
Having the Lifter, Rod, Pump, Crankshaft and Camshaft Departments in one location, at the head of the Gas Division production lines, allows Conveyance Associates to pass through one area of the plant to pick up necessary materials and deliver to the six remanufacturing work areas.
“I think our Associates are proud of their new areas,” Bauer said. “We have a much cleaner work environment and Associates have much more room to operate than the previous configuration. It allows us to be more efficient and build a better quality product.”
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