Contained in this page are
either links to historical documents or photos that help tell the story of
Delco-Remy, especially in the early years of the company.
Various newspaper and magazine
articles. The 1917 article about the Remy Brothers starting a
tractor Factory in Kokomo is a mystery because a search of the Kokomo
Library newspaper files reveals nothing more. The 4 story building noted in the 1918
article is the start of Plant 1. Courtesy of Brian Mulcahy.
This clipping is out of a 1903 Gas Engine
Magazine. Courtesy of Brian Mulcahy.
This 1905 photo shows the Remy
Electric Inventions Dept, which employed 17 persons at the time.
This is the oldest Remy publication found to
date and is a series of photos of an early auto making a cross county
trip, which was quite an adventure at the time. This the first two
pages only. From February of 1909.
Two Magazine Articles
1910 - Remy Electric Company Brochure
This gives an excellent and fascinating view
of operations fourteen years after the Remy Brothers started making
electrical parts. This is in PDF format and will take a little time
to load. But it is worth the wait.
This is from the January issue of Automotive Industries and gives an
overview of the starting motor technology of the time, which was very
1914 - The New Remy
Not all the pages are here January of this 1914
It can be noted from this brochure that Remy's entry into the lighting
portion of the SLI Business (Start it, Light it, Ignite it) was for Steam
Locomotives, of which several locomotive headlights are displayed.
There are none for automobiles.
This school was apparently used to train women
working at the facility. August 7, 1918. Note the overhead
drive belt system to power the machines which was standard for this time
period. Photo courtesy of Ted Vinson.
August 28, 1918. Looking south from the
90 foot construction tower being used to build the east west section of
Plant 1. The Madison County Orphanage would be in the trees and it
looks like a road can be seen that goes to it. Also one railroad
track is down and it looks like ties are in place to lay a second one.
Later the trees and the Orphan's Home would come down to make way for
Plants 2 and 4. Photo courtesy of Ted Vinson.
1919 - 48 Hour Week Schedule
March 2, 1922 advertisement.
Photo courtesy of Brian Mulcahy.
April 27, 1922 Distributor
advertisement. Photo courtesy of Brian Mulcahy.
, 1922 Distributor ad. Photo courtesy
of Brian Mulcahy.
Total Employment: 3,672
United Motors Catalog
A comparison of similar products manufactured
by GM Divisions Remy in Anderson, IN and Delco in Dayton, OH.
From a Saturday Evening Post from the mid
1920s. Start it, Light it, Ignite it (SLI) was a slogan used
in the non-battery plants to describe the product line and its functions.
This slogan may have had its beginnings in the magazine advertisements
that were being run at the time. Back then one had newspapers and
magazines and some radio were the methods of mass communication.
Starting Motors, Lighting Generators, Ignition Systems
To see excellent examples of the
Starting Motors, Lighting Generators,
and Ignition Systems of this era go to the Auburn Cord Dusenberg Museum
Also in later years Delco-Remy/ GM/ Delphi
(I can not remember now when this came about) would be take on the slogan
" Exceed Customer Requirements". Remy Electric had figured out 60
years earlier one does more than meet customer requirements.
In this ad the Starting, Lighting and Ignition
is part of the message. At the bottom Klaxon Horns have been added.
This may have been after the purchase of the Klaxon business and the
company was trying to promote the horn. It did not stay as part of
the long term slogan.
1926 - Visiting Day
Four Pages. This may not be the complete
handout given at the Open House but it gives great insight into the
plants, products and employment in 1926. Courtesy of Ted Vinson
Total Employment: 4,497
1927 - Delco-Remy Plant Brochure
1928 - Anderson
Daily Bulletin article confirming GM purchase date of Guide Corporation
1929 - Delco-Remy
Fourteen Pages. This phone reveals a Plant 3 in
Indianapolis and a Plant 7 in Anderson that was a box Plant. By
looking at the Department Directory one can look back to see what each
plant was producing in 1929. This Phone Directory is courtesy of Bob
1940 - First GM-UAW National Agreement
This is shows the cover of the first
Agreement along with the inside the back cover the results of the
election. Everett Vinson was Ted Vinson's father and it is his
handwriting that recorded the voting results. Note that the union
was identified as CIO rather than UAW. Photos courtesy of Ted Vinson
/ Madison County Historical Society.
- Rochester Products Division Pre-War Product Line
Rochester Products had the same product lines
as several other GM component divisions including Delco-Remy.
- Our War Job
Total Employment: ~ 20,000 in 1944
Post WWII, Pre
1952 - Plant 11 Opens
The opening of Plant 11. From the
November 7, 1952 Clan.
Progress - Plant 11 Open House, November 1-2, 1952.
1955 - Retirement age changes and one common
wage rate for both males and females
In 1955 the retirement age for hourly
employees as fixed at age 68 and for salary at age 65. Previous to
this time there were many persons working up into their 80s.
Approximately 5,000 person retired in mass with the ruling change.
At the same time the differential between male and female general hourly
rates of $1.25 and $1.21 were eliminated. Actually previous to
this time there were male jobs and female jobs and the distinction was
eliminated. Also women were now allowed to work second shift which
was forbidden previous to this. This resulted in changes in the
attitudes of the men on second shift in that on hot summer days many
would work shirtless. This practice stopped with the installation
of more fans. Spittoons were eliminated and many of the men
started washing and shaving before coming to work on second shift.
1962 - Plant
18 Commemorative Booklet
There is no date on the booklet but it is assumed to be
1962 when Plant 18 opened.
1962 - Number of Parts manufactured (Does not
include purchased parts) in a day in Anderson
This is something Ted Vincent put together in
1962 to show how many parts DR manufactured in a day. He was
able to save this and it is now at the Madison County Historical Society.
At this time all DR manufacturing was with the exception of batteries was
in Anderson. Not included are the military products such as but not
limited to Missile Batteries that were being made in Plant 11.
1964 - Plant Six -
Regulators and Relays
Click on the image to learn about Plant 6 and regulator
December 17, 1965. The headline to
this issue of the Clan speaks volumes to what DR was.
1974 - Land and Buildings
Photos and layouts from this 1974
Plant Engineering Land and Building Manual can be found in the Plant Photo Pages
by plant number.
Delco-Remy 50th Anniversary Open House Brochure - October
October 27-28, 1977 - Facts for Plant 7 Open House
Note that this appears this was done after
1976 as it references the energy used in 1977. I was in Plant 7 in 1977
and early 1978 and do not remember a visiting day. From the
information above the column dimmer switch was still the predominant
method of dimming lights on a GM vehicle.
The tour route.
1978 - Drive I
The 1978 Delco-Remy Investigative Vehicle
(Drive I). This one of a kind electric vehicle was built up in
several weeks in response to a challenge General Manager Ed Czapor
received from his supervisor in a meeting in Detroit. The
Vice-President of the GM component divisions wondered why DR was not
working harder on electric cars. In response the Drive I was built
up on a Honda chassis that was purchased out of a local junk yard and
equipped with electric motor drive and batteries. The body was
constructed of wood made by the pattern makers in the Foundry. When
the the VP of GM component divisions arrived several weeks later at the
Anderson Airport (where this pho was taken) for a meeting he was greeted
by Mr. Czapor and the Drive I. Mr. Czapor then took the VP for a
ride up and down the taxi-way or runway, which was the only time it was
driven in public. Word was received several weeks later from Detroit
to scrap the Drive I.
Here is the only known piece left from the
Drive I. Courtesy of Ted Vinson / Madison County Historical
The Cross Section. Courtesy of Ted
Vinson / Madison County Historical Society.
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- Delco-Remy Manufacturing Plants
This is s table compiling information on DR manufacturing plant sales,
floor space and employment. Delco-Remy had $1.881 billion in sales
in 1988. If it had been a standalone company it would have been 189
on the Fortune 500 for the year.
Manufacturing Employment: 11,898
1995 - Land and Buildings
Photos and layouts from this 1995 Plant
Engineering Land and Building Manual can be found in the Plant Photo Pages
by plant number. While this was technically done after Delco-Remy
ceased to exist as a separate division, the plants were essentially the
same has they were in 1994. These photos and layouts therefore
capture the end
1994 and Beyond
Starters, heavy duty starters and heavy
generators become part of Delco-Remy America in the GM spin-off of these
product lines to private investors. Included were the personnel
associated with the products lines and plants 3 and 17.
Eventually the manufacturing moved out to other newly built plants in
the area and overseas. Eventually all manufacturing was moved out
of the area and today there are no more of those type jobs left in
Anderson associated with the Remy name. At some point the company
became Remy International when re-created after financial difficulties.
The Headquarters moved to Pendleton, IN along
I-69 at exit 219. Motorists driving up and down the interstate
could see the
sign along the road.
In 2015 Borg-Warner bought Remy International
(Remy) and in mid November 2015 the "Remy" sign was replaced by one with
the new owner's name on it. After 119 years the Remy name was no
longer associated with a company started by the Frank and Perry Remy in
1896 in downtown Anderson, IN.
May the Remy name rest in peace.