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Our History

For almost 100 years, ACDelco has been sparking the automotive industry and firing customer enthusiasm. As you might expect, it began as one man's hobby. Today ACDelco products are chosen the world over, an accomplishment only the past can explain. So buckle up and join us for a fast ride back in time.

  • 1899

    With the help of investors, Albert Champion turns his spark plug hobby into a business, The Champion Ignition Co.

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  • 1908

    The Champion Ignition Co. was incorporated in October 1908.

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  • 1909

    Albert Champion, joins forces with Buick Motor Co. to make spark plugs for AC Spark Plug Division.

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  • 1916

    United Motors Corp is formed by Alfred P. Sloan, who eventually  becomes president and then chairman of General Motors.

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  • 1918

    When the UMC became part of General Motors, those companies included Delco, Klaxon and Remy Electric Company.

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  • 1926

    After being bought out twice since being formed, the Remy brothers merged with competitor Dayton Engineering Labs Co. (Delco) to form Delco Remy.

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  • 1927

    After Albert Champion’s death on October 27, General Motors acquired 100% interest in his company through the purchase of the remaining stock held by Champion’s estate.

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  • 1932

    AC Spark Plugs are used in Charles A. Lindbergh's transatlantic flight.

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  • 1935

    General Motors Parts Division (GMPD) forms in order to consolidate the automaker's parts-marketing activities.

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  • 1969

    AC igniter plugs are used to fire the second- and third-stage rocket engines that propel Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buz Aldrin to the moon.

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  • 1971

    United Motor Service changed its name to United Delco Division. Three years later, ACDelco assumed its current identity.

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  • 1974

    The AC-Delco Division is born with the combination of the United Delco and AC Spark Plug sales organizations.

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  • 1995

    ACDelco's logo gets a new look to reflect the company's continuing commitment to developing new products and innovations.

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  • 1996

    - Submerged battery passes the ultimate test and still cranks! An ACDelco Battery passed the ultimate test of endurance, it survived more than 50 years on the bottom of Lake Michigan and it still cranks! The Delco-Remy division of General Motors comes from a plane that crashed into Lake Michigan on Feb. 29, 1944.

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  • 1997

    ACDelco christened a new world headquarters in Grand Blanc, Michigan, USA.

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  • 2009

    100th anniversary!