"I decided the automobile business was going to be big and that I should like to be a part of it."
— Alvin C. Ruxer
Alvin C. Ruxer, was born in the Southern Indiana town of St. Meinrad. Although he is best known for his involvement in and contributions to the automotive industry, there were several sides to this man. As a newspaper article once stated, Alvin Ruxer floorboarded life's accelerator. His love of baseball was born at an early age. Although he chose business over an opportunity to play semi-pro ball, Alvin's interest in the sport never waned. In fact, he used many of the sport's basic principles in his personal and business dealings.
Alvin often jokingly said he saw opportunity in everything. As a young businessman, Alvin was once quoted as saying, I didn't have enough money to afford a bookkeeper so I married one! Hilda Ruxer was a real partner both in his business and personal life.
In addition to founding JASPER Engine & Transmission Exchange and Ruxer Ford, Alvin built an American Saddlebred horse farm that is known throughout the nation.
Performance is what it is all about with JASPER and that includes our race products. It was a first place finish for Matt Kenseth and a second place finish for Denny Hamlin in the Bojangles Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this past weekend.
Brad Keselowski won the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship for Penske Racing. Clint Bowyer finished second for Michael Waltrip Racing. What did these two drivers have in common? Their race cars used components built by the NASCAR Driveline Division of Jasper Engines and Transmissions. Keselowski ran a JASPER Differential in 2012, and Bowyer used a JASPER 4-Speed Transmission. Sprint Cup Series cars equipped with JASPER products accounted for 16 Wins in 2012, 72 top-five finishes and 134 top-ten finishes.
We are proud to be associated with a brand that cares about their products, services, and people to the degree JASPER does. Just announced are the 2012 JASPER "Do it Right Awards" for last year that exemplify the reasons why we feel such pride. In December 2012, six JASPER Associates were recognized by company Chairman/CEO, Doug Bawel, as winners of the annual ‘Do It Right’ Award.
JASPER has a rich 70 Year History of providing Jasper Engines and Transmissions and growing their local communities. Through this book we will trace our growth from our founding in 1942 to where we are today. We sifted through our archives and spoke with a number of Associates who have been with us for 20, 30, even 40 years to bring you interesting photos and untold stories of our people, products and culture.