The History of the Delco-Remy Divsion of General Motors
A.K.A. "The Remy Brothers" or "The Remy Electric Company"
1896-1994
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Allied Divisions
Here is history on other GM Divisions as we find it.

Various Allied Component Divisions in Dayton, OH
There were seven Delco/Allied Divisions in the Dayton Area.  Below is their story as put together by Mr. Ronald Bennett in 2005.  This information came to me from Tom Hewer who was then at Delphi Energy and Chassis in Dayton.  Tom sent this to me before he left the company during the meltdown in Dayton and other locations as Delphi was going through its bankruptcy from 2005-2009.  Below is a (15) page PDF file that covers the history in Dayton, OH of:

Introduction - One Page
Aeroproducts Division History - One Page
Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (Delco) History -Two Pages
Delco Appliance Division History - One Page
Delco Moraine Division History - Two Pages
Delco Products Division History - Two Pages
Delco Radio Division History - Two Pages
Frigidaire Division History  - Two Pages
Inland Manufacturing Division History - Two Pages

GM Dayton Division's History


Guide Lamp in Anderson, IN
Guide Lamp Division of GMC was located on the West side of Anderson and for the most part produced headlights, taillights and marker lights for the Corporation, and in later years it got involved in urethane bumpers.  The brochure describing the Guide's history and product line appears to have been done in the early 1970s by looking at dates, clothes and the cars in the brochure.  Guide was spun off by GM in the late 90's as a private company when most of the other component divisions went into Delphi.  From what I can tell it was doomed from the start.  It is my understanding GM would not let the new company find new business and grow while at the same time GM was cutting back what it was purchasing and probably not paying fair value for the parts shipped.  Finally on January 13, 2007 it all came to an end.

A Guide to Guide

Guide Lamp in WWII


Rochester Products in Rochester, NY
Rochester Products had its original plant in Rochester on Lexington Avenue where it built many different products but will be remembered most for its carburetors that were on all GM vehicles for many years.  In about 1988 it opened its new Engineering Center in Henrietta.  Today the Lexington Ave Plant is owned by General Motors Components Group Holdings, LLC and as of 2012 looks to remain operating making fuel injectors and rails, and intake manifold for the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra truck lines.  The Engineering Center remains open but does not have any Delphi manufacturing plants associated with it.

Rochester Products


AC Spark Plug in Flint, MI
AC Spark Plug had a huge complex in Flint, most of which has been torn down and that which remains is now owned by GM Components Group Holdings, LLC which will run the plants until the parts produced can be moved to China.  Much of AC was on the east side of Flint in a complex that spread east of Dort Highway.  Employees of AC called it "The Highway" just as Remy workers referred to one of our complexes as "The Acre".  AC Plants in Flint were subject to much of the labor strife and sit-down strikes of the late 1930's and early 1940's that lead to the creation of the UAW.

AC Sparkplug


Delco-Light in Dayton, OH
Delco-Light produced DC power systems for the rural United States for the first half of the 20th Century until Rural Electrification became available.  Units included a gasoline powered generator, glass batteries, and the appliances to run off of what was normally a 32VDC system.  Later it was renamed Delco-Appliance.

Delco-Light


Former WWII Chevrolet Plant in Anderson, IN
Chevrolet during WWII had a forge and machining operation in Anderson for the production of cylinder heads for Pratt and Whitney R-2800 radial aircraft engines.  The Chevrolet engine plant in Tonawanda, NY where the final assembly was done, built over 60,000 aircraft engines during WWII.  Each engine after being built would be run on a test stand, then disassembled to look for any problems, reassembled, and then shipped to the proper aircraft assembly plant for installation in the aircraft.

Chevrolet Anderson Open House 1945

 

 

 

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