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U.S. Census Bureau Daily Feature for September 16

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: GM FOUNDED
Profile America — Monday, September 16th.  One of the nation's largest corporations is 105 years old today, although in common with other centenarians, it has its ailments.  General Motors was conceived by William Durant of Flint, Michigan.  Durant co-founded Chevrolet — named after noted racing car drivers Louis and Gaston Chevrolet, originally from Switzerland, and Durant promoted Buick to prominence on early racetracks.  Over the years, Durant headed — and then lost control of General Motors not once, but twice.  Besides Oldsmobile, GM has made several brands no longer around, including the Marquette, Oakland, and LaSalle.  In 1908, when GM was founded, there were just 198,000 cars and trucks in the U.S.  Today, domestic manufacturers produce that many cars alone in just over 25 days.  You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Sources:  www.gm.com/company/historyAndHeritage/creation.html
Historical Statistics of the United States:  Colonial Times to 1970, p. 716
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1060

Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button). 

SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau



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