70th Anniversary of WWII
July 1st, 2015
The 70th anniversary of the end of WWII is here, and at Carroll-Wuertz Tire Company, we wanted to take a look back at Dayton, OH’s contributions to the war effort. Dayton and Ohio in general have long been associated with tires and the rubber industry, but there was much more than that going on here 70-plus years ago, and it all helped contribute to victory in the war:
- Dayco: Along with tires in Dayton, OH, Dayco was manufacturing hoses, pontoons, life rafts, ponchos and many other rubber-based product for the war effort.
- NCR: National Cash Register was home to the United States Naval Computing Machine Laboratory; together, their research broke the codes used by the German military, which was key to prevailing over the Germans.
- Delco: Formerly the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company, Delco developed the electric starter and the ignition system during the early days of automotive engineering. During the war, Delco specialized in aircraft landing gear, generators, shock absorbers, motors, tank treads, hydraulic parts and too many other crucial components to name.
- The Dayton Project: Originating at Monsanto’s plant in Dayton, the Dayton Project did crucial support work for the development of the atomic bomb. The Dayton Project’s legacy lived on with Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg after the war.
- Wright-Patterson AFB: Much of the top-secret research work related to the war effort went on at Wright-Patterson, including the reverse-engineering of the V-1 flying bomb. After the war, captured German scientists were brought to the base, lending their knowledge to the cutting-edge aerospace technology that was to come.
- rigidaire: As a division of General Motors, Frigidaire was put to work manufacturing machine guns, aircraft propellers, fuel tanks and many other products.
Dayton, OH is a different place than it was in the 20th century, with much more than just the rubber and tire business…we’re moving forward with innovations and new industries in Dayton. High tech, research, information technology, aerospace and healthcare are just some of the growth areas in the Dayton economy today, resulting in a boost in Dayton’s credit rating from A+ to AA-. We’re now one of the best places in the U.S. for college graduates looking for a job…because Dayton is resilient and adaptable, this city has reinvented itself from where we were a generation ago.
At Carroll-Wuertz Tire Company, we thought you might enjoy a look backwards into our history here in Dayton!