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Vehicle-level Thinking & Systems Integration:

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1906

Jackson, Church & Wilcox Co. is established in Saginaw, MI.

1908

The revolutionary Jacox steering gear with a Double Thread Screw & Half Nut Type for the Buick Motor Car Co.

1909

Buick Motor Car Co. purchases Jackson, Church & Wilcox Co. Buick then joins the new General Motors Co.

1917

General Motors realigns the Saginaw plants to become Jackson, Church & Wilcox Division of General Motors Corporation.

1917

The company is awarded a US government contract to produce trench mortar shells for World War I. By war’s end, 3 million rounds were produced.

1919

The company name is changed to the Saginaw Products Company, a Division of General Motors Corporation.

1926

The new Worm & Wheel steering gear is produced for Cadillac Motors.

1928

GM divides the Saginaw Products Company into 4 self-sustaining divisions. Steering systems are designed & manufactured at the new Saginaw Steering Gear Division of GM.

1940

Saginaw Steering Gear (SSG) is the first automotive firm to mass produce the Browning A4 machine gun for the US government applying the same production line methods used to produce steering gears.

1942

SSG was contracted to deliver 280 machine guns to the US military at the cost of $667 per unit. By war’s end, 412,000 machine guns were produced at the cost of $54.72 per unit at SSG. This saved the US government $240 million in warfare spending.

1942

Due to the success of the Browning project, SSG was awarded a government contract to mass produce 37 MM Armor Piercing projectiles. SSG produces over 13 million projectiles by war’s end.

1945

SSG begins production on the M1 carbine as an alternative to the conventional Colt 1911 .45 caliber side arm. SSG produces 517,000 carbines by war’s end. SSG is awarded the Army Navy “E” award for excellence in production of war equipment.

1952

The new Saginaw Safety Power Steering System, comprised of a gear, hydraulic pump, valve mechanism & various hoses, is developed & produced as vehicles become larger & more difficult to steer manually.

1953

To address increasing sales, Plant 3 is built for production of Power Steering Pumps & Manual Steering Gears.

1954

The one millionth Safety Power Steering System is produced at SSG.

1956

Plant 4 is built to accommodate SSG Propeller Shaft business.

1965

Plant 5 is built to manufacture Front Wheel Drive Axles & Air Pumps.

1966

Plant 6 is built to manufacture the new Energy-Absorbing Steering Columns.

1968

Saginaw Ball Screws are chosen by Boeing Company for use on their new 747 jumbo jet.

1970

Plant 7 is built to meet the new demands for power steering. SSG is recognized by the US Dept. for Transportation regarding the impact that the Energy-Absorbing Steering Column has on safety in the aut5omotive world.

1977

SSG reaches the $1 billion sales mark for the first time in company history.

1985

Saginaw Steering Gear Division is changed to Saginaw Division to better reflect our broad range of products offered to the automotive industry.

1995

Saginaw Division become a separate business unit of GM, referred to as Delphi Automotive Systems-  A Division of GM.

1995

A Bangalore, India plant is established to manufacture steering components & halfshafts.

1998

New manufacturing facility established in Tychy, Poland.

1999

Delphi becomes an independent company.

2003

Delphi opens new Plant 1 at the Buena Vista, MI, USA complex to produce the first North American application of Electric Power Steering for the Chevrolet Malibu and Pontiac G6.

2004

A US government report reveals that the Energy-Absorbing Steering Columns have saved more than 53,000 lives… second only to seatbelts.

2005

Delphi Corporation files for bankruptcy.

2008

2 new manufacturing plants are opened in China.

2009

GM purchases the division from Delphi. The company is named Nexteer Automotive.

2010

GM announces agreement on the sale of Nexteer Automotive to Pacific Century Motors (PCM). PCM transitions to AVIC.

2013

Nexteer Automotive completes Initial Public Offering in Hong Kong (HK:01316).

2014

Nexteer Automotive completes $250 million bond offering

2016

The stand-alone World Headquarters opens in Auburn Hills, Michigan.