History of Douglas Autotech Corporation


Founded in 1902

Warner and Douglas Corporation was established in 1902, in Bronson, Michigan by Mr. Warner and Mr. Harry Douglas.

Growth with American Automotive Industries

Mr. Douglas was a friend of Mr. Henry Ford who established Ford Motor Company. Douglas had been supplying various kinds of automotive component parts to Ford, including electric component parts and steering columns.

Diversified Products

Douglas has been a manufacturer of various products including automotive, electrical light switches, sockets, ash trays, residential hot water circulators, appliance switches, gasoline engines, vacuum cleaners, console shifters, furnace stokers, roller skates, electrical fence chargers, battery chargers, console radios and components, and marine cylinders.

Steering Column Business from 1955

Douglas started to make steering columns in 1955 for Ford passenger cars, introduced the first tilt and telescopic steering column in 1986, and single-lever-type tilt and telescoping steering column in 1991 for heavy-duty trucks.

Douglas started to supply its automotive steering columns and intermediate shafts to CAMI (General Motors/Suzuki joint venture company located in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada) in October, 1990. Also, Douglas introduced the tilt and telescoping steering column with gas spring tilt mechanism for agriculture tractors in 1992. Douglas is a major supplier of steering columns to the truck, agriculture, and off-highway equipment manufacturers.

Ownership Changes

  • 1968 Scott and Fetzer Corporation purchased Douglas
  • 1984 The Orion Group (investment group) purchased the company
  • 1989 (December) FFV purchased the company and sold 49% of the company to Fuji Kiko Co., Ltd.
  • 1991 (December) Fuji Kiko Co., Ltd. purchased the 51% from FFV and now is 100% owner of the company.

Timeline

  • 1902  Warner & Douglas Corporation was established in Bronson,MI by Mr. Warner & Mr. Harry Douglas
  • 1955  Douglas Autotech started making Ford passenger car steering columns
  • 1989  FFV purchased the company and sold 49% of the company to Fuji Kiko Co., Ltd.
  • 1990  Douglas started to supply its automotive steering columns and I/Shafts to CAMI in October
  • 1991  Fuji Kiko Co., Ltd. purchased the 51% from FFV and now is 100% owner of the company
  • 1992  Douglas (Bronson) introduced the tilt and telescoping steering column for agriculture tractors
  • 1994  Douglas Autotech established new plant at Hopkinsville, KY for automotive
  • 1995  Started supplying steering columns to Nissan/Ford (Quest/Villager)
  • 1996  Moved CAMI column production line from Bronson to Hopkinsville
  • 1997  Started A/T Shifter production for Isuzu (Rodeo) in Hopkinsville
  • 1997  QS9000 registered; QW Steering Column and Shifter Launch
  • 1998  Started to supply steering column for MMMA (Galant)
  • 1999  Started to supply steering column and A/T Shifter for SIA (Legacy)
  • 1999  Hopkinsville, KY Plant area expanded. Almost doubled
  • 2001  Started to supply A/T Shifter for GM (Cadillac CTS)
  • 2002  Started to supply steering column for KSU (Saturn Vue, Ion)
  • 2003  Started to supply steering column for Visteon/Kantus (Nissan Canton)
  • 2007  TS 16949 Certification received in February