JASPER, IN - Jasper Engines and Transmissions has completed its 41,488-square foot expansion to the Crawford County Facility.

Sept. 8, 2010 was when ground was broken on the project. It took approximately eight months to complete, and has effectively increased the size of the Crawford County facility to over 408,000 square feet under roof.

The expansion allows the space needed to merge Jasper Innovative Solutions with the company's Distribution operations for a more efficient flow of finished product, along with allowing both companies to grow.

"Moving into this new area allows us to expand our presence in the market," says Luke Bawel, Jasper Innovative Solutions general manager. "Before, we were limited to the amount of commercial fleets we could take on due to the availability of space for those products. Now we have the space to not only take on those customers, but this also allows us to add additional part lines to better service our customers.

JIS currently has over 12,000 part numbers in stock. With the new expansion, Bawel anticipates the ability to store over 20,000 part numbers, depending on the quantity of each part. This includes components from the recently acquired Canam Marketing Corporation. Canam's inventory will be moved from their Milwaukee, Wisconsin, distribution center to Crawford County. "We're bringing on 900 additional product lines with the purchase of Canam, and we still have the capacity to service more fleets," added Bawel.

Not only does the expansion give JIS the opportunity to fill all orders under one roof, but keeps them involved in new product development. "We feel we have a great advantage when it comes to producing quality products at JASPER, says Bawel. "It's going to allow us to better suit the customer's needs and get a hand in production because that is what JASPER excels in."

The Crawford County facility is located approximately 40 miles east of Jasper, Indiana. Originally constructed in 1998 for the purpose of core processing, the Crawford County facility has evolved into a complete remanufacturing operation in the disassembly, machining, assembly and testing of gas engines, transmissions, transfer cases and select manual transmissions.

JASPER's Product Distribution Center opened at Crawford County in 2000. Nearly 600 JASPER remanufactured products are shipped from the Distribution Center each day to a network of 40 branch locations throughout the United States. The Distribution Center is also the primary location for the unloading, tagging and identification of core and miscellaneous product from the branch locations.

Jasper Innovative Solutions, a sister company to JASPER, moved to the Crawford County facility in 2008. JIS is a supplier of vehicle parts to the United States Postal Service Vehicle Maintenance Facilities and other fleets throughout the United States.