A culture of caring: everyone pulls in the same direction

February 2, 2022 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Eastern Time
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People-centric leadership development requires a process, just like the standards in place on the shop floor. Jasper Engines and Transmissions (JET) will share its process for onboarding, internal leadership development and lean training. JET focuses on engagement, development and reward. This mission statement is direct: Do it right … and have fun. The goal is to create mutual trust and mutual respect that makes Jasper the employer of choice for more than 3,300 associates.


Jasper Engines and Transmissions, a 100% associate-owned company, was founded in 1942 and is the nation’s leading remanufacturer of a diverse line of drivetrain components. The Jasper, Indiana-based company remanufactures gas and diesel engines, transmissions, differentials, diesel air and fuel components, sterndrives, and outboard lower units. The company has five production facilities, two distribution centers, and 50 nationwide branch locations, allowing quick and efficient delivery. Jasper Holdings, Inc., is the parent company of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, Jasper Innovative Solutions, Weller Truck Parts, Diesel USA Group, and most recently acquired D&W Diesel, further diversifying the company's brands. Progressive programs of research and new product development enable Jasper to provide quality value-oriented products second to none. Jasper operates on a philosophy of continuous improvement in safety, quality, productivity, customer service and the reduction of waste. jasperengines.com


Sarah Blackgrave is a people services generalist whose primary role is to support production associates and the leadership team with a variety of tasks. She started with Jasper Engines and Transmissions in May 2014 as a people services intern and then moved into production from May 2015 to December 2019. During her time in production, she worked on the shop floor and then finished her time as a production supervisor for a team of 30 associates for three years. In January 2020, Blackgrave moved back into people services to continue her knowledge and growth with Jasper.



Jason Recker is a people service generalist whose primary responsibilities are recruiting for outside sales and branch operations. He also oversees the sales trainee program and Connect With Jasper summer internship program. He’s been with Jasper since May 2019.




Mark Balsmeyer has been with Jasper for 18 years. His current role for the past 11 years is the continuous improvement manager for the company. He leads the Jasper Production System and helps to teach and implement lean principles throughout the organization. He has been a long-time volunteer for AME and currently sits on the Great Lakes regional board.





Kristin Schroering is currently the department manager for people services. Before holding this position, she was the primary people services rep for Jasper's Power Drive location and her main responsibilities were associate relations, leadership support and she managed Jasper's training programs. She has been with Jasper since May 2018.


All times Eastern Standard Time.


10-10:15      Introduction/Video (Mark Balsmeyer, Jasper Production System manager)

10:15-10:35 Associate onboarding & engagement processes (Kristin Schroering, people services manager)

10:35-10:40 Q&A

10:40-11      Communication/development tools used on the shop floor (Sarah Blackgrave, people services generalist, former production group leader)

11-11:05      Q&A

11:05-11:25 Lean training (Mark Balsmeyer)

11:25-11:30 Q&A

11:30-11:50 Non-manufacturing (sales and branch operations) onboarding, training and engagement (Jason Recker, outside sales and branch operations recruiter)

11:50-12      Final Q&A


How Jasper Engines & Transmissions uses different ways to on-board, train & develop its associate owners.


Executives, human hesources, change leaders, continuous improvement specialists, managers, department heads


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