The American Automobile Industry in World War Two
An American Auto Industry Heritage Tribute
By David D Jackson

Overview      The U.S. Auto Industry at the Normandy Invasion, June 6, 1944    The U.S. Auto Industry and the B-29 Bomber   U.S. Auto Industry Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   The Complete listing of All Army-Navy "E" Award Winners   Sherman Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Tank Destroyers of the American Auto Industry    M26 Pershing Tanks of the American Auto Industry   Serial Numbers for WWII Tanks built by the American Auto Industry

    Automobile Manufacturers:  American Bantam Car Company   Checker   Chrysler   Crosley   Ford   General Motors   Graham-Paige   Hudson
   Nash-Kelvinator   Packard      Studebaker    Willys-Overland

General Motors Divisions
(Undergoing development) Aeroproducts   Brown-Lipe-Chapin   Buick   Cadillac   Chevrolet   Cleveland Diesel   Delco Appliance   Delco Products   Delco Radio   Delco-Remy   Detroit Diesel   Detroit Transmission   Electro-Motive   Fisher Body   Frigidaire   GM Proving Grounds   GM of Canada   GMC   GMI   Guide Lamp   Harrison Radiator   Hyatt Bearings   Inland   Moraine Products   New Departure   Oldsmobile   Packard Electric   Pontiac   Saginaw Malleable Iron   Saginaw Steering Gear   Southern California Division   Rochester Products   United Motors Service

Truck and Implement Manufacturers:   American LaFrance   Autocar  Diamond T   Caterpillar   Clark Equipment Company   Cleveland Tractor Company   Federal Motor Truck   International Harvester    Mack Truck
   Marmon-Herrington Company   Massey-Harris   Pacific Car and Foundry  Reo Motor Car Company   R.G. LeTourneau   Seagrave Fire Apparatus   Ward LaFrance Truck Corporation   White Motor Company

Automotive Tire
   B.F. Goodrich    Firestone Tire and Rubber Company
 Updates and Additions  


GMI in WWII - Training for Today and for New Horizons Tomorrow
General Motors Institute (GMI) in World War Two
Flint, MI
Now Kettering University

This page added 11-16-2017.

General Motors Institute started as a night school for local GM employees in a unused plant in Flint in 1919.  In 1920 classes were added for the training of foreman which evolved into the General Motors Management Training Program that by World War II had trained 20,000 foreman and managers for all GM Divisions in the US and Canada.  In 1927 the present campus of the General Motors Institute of Technology was built to replace the old factory.  The name was changed to General Motors Institute in the early 1930s.

During World War Two GMI was called on by the US military to train sailors and soldiers in the maintenance and operation of GM products being used by the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard.  This included designing training courses, providing training for military instructors, and providing on site training at GMI for both officers and enlisted men on General Motors products.

GMI is most well known for the creation of its Engineering Cooperative Program where each GM division sponsored students at the school.  It took the student five years to graduate, with alternating terms at GMI and the sponsoring divisions.  B.S. degrees could be earned in electrical, industrial, and mechanical engineering with an industrial management degree being added later. 

In 1982 GM sold off the school which is currently known as Kettering University.  It carries on the tradition of a cooperative school, but now has students from many companies, not just GM that learn their college education there.

Learn more at:

GMI in WWII - Training for Today and for New Horizons Tomorrow




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