AutoLite Spark Plug Plant

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The History of the
Autolite Spark Plug Plant in
Fostoria, Ohio

 The Author
Duane “Dick” Richardson
1911-1992

Autolite web site


 

Duane E. Richardson, a native of Toledo, Ohio, is a Graduate of the University of Toledo with a degree in engineering. He attended special management courses at Toledo University, University of Michigan, and Bowling Green State University. During World War II, he taught night classes at Heidelberg College, Tiffin Ohio.

Mr. Richardson is the retired President and General Manager of the Bendix Autolite Company, of Fostoria, Ohio. He has the rare privilege and distinction of heading, during the years of 1936-1976, "from the same chair", the manufacturing team at the plant, under three separate corporate owners, Electric Autolite Company, Ford Motor company, and Bendix Autolite Corporation.

The author is church and civic minded, and over the years has been extremely active as a volunteer in many organizations in outside areas and in the city. He maintains a great intereest in any progress for the betterment of Fostoria.

Mr. Richardson is married to the former Jennie M. Linson. They have two daughters and husbands,Carol and Joseph Taris, Suzanne and James Blaser, and three grandchildren, Kristin, Karen, and David Blaser.

IT IS WITH THE KIND PERMISSION OF THE ABOVE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BRING THIS MATERIAL OF THE HISTORY OF THE AUTOLITE TO YOU ON THE WEB. WE EXTEND OUR SINCERE THANKS TO THEM ALL.

 


(Contents) -one-
Preface
1
Prologue
2
An Idea
3
"Parent Firm" of the Autolite S P
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Production Starts
5
"Unions" in the Fostoria Plant
6
The War Years
7
Fostoria S. P. Purchased by Ford Motor Co.
8
More Expansion
9
Expansion Pictures
10
Ford Versus United States Goverment
11
Fostoria Spark Plant For Sale
12
Bendix Years
13
Epilogue
14
Interesting note:
Former resident of Fostoria & Arcadia, Ohio C.O. Miniger Founder of Auto-lite Company
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