1905 - Albert Champion splits with his investors, who keep the Champion Ignition Co. name.
1908 - Albert Champion joins forces with Buick Motor Co. and makes spark plugs in the AC Spark Plug Division. The AC of ACDelco is born.
1916 - United Motors Corp. (UMC) absorbs the AC Spark Plug Division and forms United Motor Services Inc. (UMS) to sell and service parts.
1926 - Ten years later, Remy Electric merges with Dayton Engineering. Labs Co. (Delco) and forms the Delco Remy Corp.
1927 -AC Spark Plugs are a part of Charles A. Lindbergh’s impressive trans-Atlantic flight.
1932 - Another impressive flight takes place that sees AC Spark Plugs used as part of Amelia Earhart’s trans-Atlantic solo flight.
1969 - ACDelco goes literally to the moon and back. An AC igniter plugs fire in the second and third-stage rocket engines that propel Neil Armstrong, Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin in the Apollo space mission.
1971 - ACDelco launches its first SMS maintenance free batteries.
1974 - The merger of AC Spark Plug Sales Division and United Delco Division creates the AC-Delco Division.
1995 - ACDelco takes on a new look to reflect the company’s continuing commitment to developing new products and innovations.
2004 - ACDelco rejoin the European region by opening four independent distribution companies.
2006 - ACDelco begins focusing its efforts globally by developing specific business strategies directed at varied cultures and markets.
2010 - Consolidation of all European businesses into one European operation, Aftermarket UK Ltd.
2011 - ACDelco is widely recognized as a truly international and global organization.
So there you have it. A story based on an initial, innovative venture than evolved into an organisation that set industry standards for quality parts, something that ACDelco continues to do today, and on a worldwide class basis.