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1909 The Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (DELCO) was founded by Charles Kettering and Edward E. Deeds. Delco was responsible for several innovations in automobile electric systems, including the first reliable battery ignition system and the first practical automobile self-starter.[1][2]

1916 United Motors Corporation consolidated many of the automotive accessory manufacturers to reduce duplication of products and services including the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Co., or Delco, to form United Motor Services Inc. (UMS) to sell and service parts.

1918 General Motors acquired United Motors Corporation.

1926 New showroom opened in London - Delco Light Co.

1926 Remy Electric Co merged with Dayton Engineering Labs Co. (Delco) to form the Delco Remy Corp.

1936 British Delco company name removed from the UK register[3]

1971 United Motor Services changed its name to United Delco Division.

1974 Merger of AC Spark Plug Sales Division and United Delco Division created the AC-Delco Division of General Motors.

See Also


Sources of Information

  1. GM Heritage[1]
  2. Wikipedia
  3. London Gazette 15 September 1936
  • History of AC Delco [2]