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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Delco-Remy Employment Numbers

One of the common questions that always seems to come up is:  How many people used to work at Delco-Remy in Anderson?  While the numbers below are not complete or comprehensive, they are do provide a good amount of data and information.  Also shown with the last chart below is that while the Anderson employment numbers steadily declined over the years in 1992 the worldwide DR employment was on the same level as what Anderson was at 20 years earlier.  Information provided by Bob Scharnowske.


This is graph of employment from 1896 to 1944 and is courtesy of Bill Knepp/Madison County Historical Society.  Graph added 3-18-2016.

Anderson Complex Average Employment Numbers - The numbers in black come from one report provided by Bob Scharnowske dated 1-1989.  Numbers in red come from other documents.  

Also missing from the number of employed starting in the late 1970's and early 1980's is the number of contract employees that started to be used to replace salaried headcount as engineers, technicians, secretaries, clerks, etc.  One day a salaried engineer or other person would retire, and the next day a contract employee, paid by an outside company such as Manpower that was paid by DR, would be doing the job.  Sometimes it was the same person that retired the day before.  So the number of persons that were directly earning their living via DR is higher than shown below.

Year Hourly Salary Total Comments
1914     1,500  
1922     970 & 1,165 Electric World, Feb 18 & April 15, 1922 Issues
1923     3,672  
1926     4,497  
1927     10,082  
1940 9,143 965 10,108  
1941 9,151 1,112 10,263  
1942 15,199 1,514 16,713 Maximum WWII Hourly Employment
1943 14,876 2,177 17,053 Maximum WWII Salary & Total Average Employment
1944 11,671 2,089 13,760  
1945 10,952 1,878 12,830  
1946 14,082 1,581 15,663  
1947 10,208 1,454 11,662  
1948 10,819 1,450 12,269  
1949 10,235 1,527 11,762  
1950 13,021 1,601 14,662  
1951 13,010 1,747 14,757  
1952 13,481 1,878 15,359  
1953 11,956 1,930 13,886  
1954 13,171 1,863 15,034  
1955 16,041 2,189 18,230 Maximum Average Hourly & Total Employment
1956 14,340 2,134 16,474 One of the contributing factors to the drop in employment at DR between the tow years is that hourly persons were now required to retire at age 68 and salary at age 65.
1957 12,940 2,146 15,086  
1958 11,929 2,121 14,050  
1959 12,351 2,339 14,690  
1960 12,218 2,458 14,676  
1961 13,329 2,411 14,740  
1962 13,140 2,487 15,627  
1963 13,504 2,378 15,882  
1964 14,290 2,440 16,730  
1965 14,852 2,579 17,431  
1966 15,284 2,592 17,876  
1967 14,660 2,501 17,161  
1968 14,302 2,506 16,808  
1969 14,548 2,528 17,076  
1970 14,161 2,373 16,534  
1971 13,862 2,489 16,351  
1972 13,857 2,544 16,401  
1973 14,840 2,661 17,501 I became part of the Salaried Headcount
1974        
1975 12,199 2,495 14,694  
1976 12,766 2,576 15,342  
1977 11,407 2,621 14,028  
1978 11,511 2,673 14,184  
1979 10,739 2,734 13,473  
1980 8,125 2,411 10,536  
1981 7,655 2,437 10,092  
1982 5,890 2,263 8,153  
1983 6,306 2,169 8,475  
1984 7,363 2,332 9,695  
1985 7,219 2,206 9,425  
1986 6,697 2,222 8,919  
1987 6,052 1,948 8,000 Total is a rounded number, salaried is calculated and an estimate
1988 5,844 1,586 7,700 Total is a rounded number, salaried is calculated and an estimate
1989     7,900 Total is a rounded number
1990     7,229 12-10-1990
1991     7,000 Total is a rounded number
1992 5,366 1,563 6,929 1-1-1992
1993        
1994       Delco-Remy Div. of GMC ceases to exist.


 

Anderson Employment 1-1-1992

  Hourly Salary Total
Plant 1 and 18 793 1231 2,024
Plant 3 817 49 866
Plant 11 843 54 897
Plant 16 387 32 419
Plant 17 1,032 70 1,102
Plant 19 246 16 262
Plant 20 1,019 51 1,070
Plant 38 32 10 42
Plant 46 197 50 247
Total 5,366 1,563 6,929


 

Delco-Remy Total Employment
  12-10-1990 1-1-1992
Anderson, IN 7,229 6,929
Indianapolis Apparently not counted or counted along with Plants 1 and 18. 78
Albany, GA 439 442
Anaheim, CA 350 345
Chihuahua, Mexico 1,029 1,238
Fitzgerald, GA 351 385
Paris (Gennevilliers), France 669 598
Juarez, Mexico 1,461 2,203
Laurel, MS 140 131
Meridian, MS 570 660
Muncie, IN 461 459
New Brunswick, NJ 393 408
Olathe, KS 419 427
Oshawa, ON Canada 357 345
Piracicaba, Brazil 177 298
Sarreguemines, France 460 464
Sexial, Portugal 31 71
Total 14,696 15,481

 

 

 

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