The History of the Delco-Remy Divsion of General Motors
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Delco-Remy in World War Two
Navy plant Kings Mills, OH

This page added 1-14-2017.
Updated 8-31-2017

Editor's note in reference to the 8-31-2017 update:  In August of 2016 I visited the site of the original Peterson Cartridge Company along the Little Miami River in Kings Mills, OH.  I was under the impression that this was the location where Delco-Remy built starter for naval landing craft during 1944-45.  After my return and in assembling the webpage in January 2017, I realized that the location of the DR site was at the top of the hill overlooking the location I photographed.  The location on top of the hill was known as the Kings Mills Ordnance Plant.  In January 2016 I had no photos of it.  On August 30, 2017 I returned to the area and the library in nearby Mason, OH, where I was able to find some period photos of the plant.  I have added these and several Google Maps photos of the area today.  There are still two buildings left from the Kings Mills Ordnance Plant as the Google Maps photos show, but these are not accessible to the public.  The area is fenced with a locked gate.  David D Jackson 8-31-2017.

The April 28, 1944 DR Clan announced that the Navy had taken over the Army's Ordnance plant in King's Mills, OH.  Delco-Remy would build starting motors for Navy diesel powered landing craft there.  Through the rest of 1944 until the war ended in August 1945, DR built 62,000 starters and 375,000 switches for the US Navy. 

Today, parts of the original Peterson Cartridge Company still exist in Kings Mills.  Built in the 1860's, the plant produced cannon balls and bullets for the Union Army.  Morgan's Raiders attempted to attack the complex when they invaded Ohio in 1863, but apparently became lost and missed the plant.  During WWII the plant was purchased by Remington Arms which made .30 carbine ammunition.  However, the plant, known as the Kings Mills Ordnance Plant, was considered to be inefficient, and was closed by the Army in 1944. 

Today only portions of the original buildings still remain, located on the south side of the Little Miami River.  At its height there were buildings on the north side of the river also.  The Peterson plant had expanded from its original location along the river to higher ground to the south.  It was at the higher ground location that DR made the Navy starters and switches.  Today that area is an Army Reserve Center and "The Heritage at Miami Bluffs" gated community for "active seniors."


There are only two period photos of the Kings Mills plant from DR literature.  This photo was in the 1944 Delco-Remy publication "Our War Job."  Note the large expanse of the complex, the exhaust fans, and the power transformers. 


This photo, from the October 6, 1944 DR Clan, shows the workers going to lunch.  Note all of the exhaust fans on the roof. 


This 1942 photo shows the original Peterson Cartridge Company along the Little Miami River.  On top of the hill above it is the Kings Mills Ordnance Plant that Delco-Remy took over in 1944-45. The small town of Kings Mills is across the river in the woods from the plant.  In the upper right hand corner of the photo is the current location of the Kings Island amusement park.   Photo added 8-31-2017.


This Google Maps 3D image shows the area today.  Civilization has invaded the formerly little populated farmland.  Google Maps 3D image added 8-31-2017.


The former Peterson Cartridge Company can be seen along the river.  The former Kings Mills Ordnance Plant has largely been replaced by an Army Reserve Center.  Google Maps 3D image added 8-31-2017.


This is where Delco-Remy made 62,000 starters and 375,000 switches for the US Navy in 1944-45.  This was the DR Kings Mills plant.  Photo added 8-31-2017.


The Army Reserve Center is in the lower left.  In the lower and upper right are two buildings from the former Kings Mills Ordnance Plant that still stand.  Google Maps 3D image added 8-31-2017.

The photos below are of the original Peterson Cartridge Company plant along the Little Miami River.  Originally I thought this was the location of Delco-Remy's Kings Mills Naval starter motor location.  I have left the photos on the page for historical interest.


This 1935 aerial photo of the Peter Peterson Cartridge Company along the Little Miami River at Kings Mills, OH.  This is looking southeast.  Compare this to the photos below taken in 2016.  Some of the building are gone, but several still remain.  The railroad track along between the plant and the river is now a walking trial.  There is a one lane bridge across the river that does not exist today.  It has been replaced by a more modern structure.   Author's photo added 8-31-2017.


This is view of what remains today of the Peters Cartridge Company, on the south side of the Little Miami River.  Google Earth shows the grass area all in trees.  In the spring of 2015 all of the trees were cut down as part of an EPA superfund  hazardous material clean-up of 80 years of ammunition manufacturing waste.  Author's photo.


These trees were all cut down and the slope re-seeded.   The DR WWII Navy Starter plant was located over the top of the hill.  Author's photo.


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 This appears to be the original building.  Local developers are seeking to convert the building into lofts.  Author's photo.


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The clock tower in the center as is the original shot tower.  Hot lead was dropped from the top of the tower.  By the time it hit bottom it would have frozen into a perfect sphere.  Author's photo.


Up the road and to the right is the location of the DR motor plant.  Author's photo.
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