Jasper Engines and Transmissions broke ground September 8 on a 41,250-square-foot expansion to its Crawford County, Ind., facility.

Upon its projected completion in March 2011, the Crawford facility will have increased in size to over 408,000 square feet under roof.

The expansion will allow 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 departments to grow.

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

"Over the past six months we have added over 45 new jobs to our Crawford Operation," said Doug Bawel, Jasper President and CEO. "With this new expansion, we will add a minimum of 10 additional jobs, along with room for needed growth."

The Crawford County facility is located approximately 40 miles east of Jasper, Ind. 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.

Nearly 600 Jasper remanufactured products are shipped from the distribution center each day to a network of 40 branch locations throughout the United States. It's is also the primary location for the unloading, tagging and identification of cores and miscellaneous product from the branch locations.