Jasper Engines announces changes in company leadership

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JASPER – Jasper Engines & Transmissions has announced the following changes within the company’s leadership positions.
John Schroeder has been named vice president of drivetrain manufacturing. Schroeder will coordinate the transmission divisions at Jasper, Crawford County and Willow Springs, Mo., along with the differential division at the Jasper facility. He has served roles in the Human Resources, Division Manager of Crawford Transmission and the Jasper Production System over his 12 years with the company.
“I am thankful to have the opportunity to serve the Jasper Engines family in this new role,” Schroeder said. “With a 70-year tradition as our foundation, we are committed to providing the highest quality product and service to our customers, while improving the lives of our 1,700 associate owners. I am honored to be a part of this mission.”
Joe Haug has been named manager of the transmission division at the Crawford County facility. Haug spent many of his 33 years within the transmission division prior to becoming a group leader at Crawford many years ago.
“I look forward to this challenge,” he said.  “In my 33 years at Jasper Engines, I have worked on each level and it is rewarding to see our Associates grow into new positions as our company continues to grow in the industry.”
Mark Balsmeyer has been named director of the Jasper Production System. JPS is a combination of Jasper Engine’s workforce, and the processes and systems that guide the company’s remanufacturing procedures. Blasmeyer will lead a workshop team in early 2013, along with coordinating future workshops and continuous improvement initiatives. During his nine years with the company, he has managed the Willow Springs and Crawford County Transmission Divisions.
 “I’m excited to be given this opportunity to apply the lean manufacturing tools that I have learned over the past few years,” said Balsmeyer.  “I look forward to teaching these principles to our organization and continuing to build on our never-ending commitment to Continuous Improvement.”
“As Jasper Engines continues to grow and diversify into other opportunities, we will continue to look for leaders with cross functional experiences within our company to take on additional responsibilities,” said Zach Bawel, Jasper president and chief operating officer.  “These individuals have proven themselves within other roles with the company.”
With the above mentioned changes, Jasper Engines’ Vice President of Production Mike Schwenk will shift his focus to spend more time leading several support divisions within the company, including Indiana tool and die, Jasper certified components, service department and others, along with leading the company’s manufacturing planning group.