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| image = [[File:Kettering, Charles F..jpg]]
| caption = Reproduction of a photograph depicting Charles F.
Kettering with a Buick automobile, Dayton, Ohio,
1913. Kettering is credited with inventing the
electric ignition and self-starter for the automobile.
He was one of the founders of the Dayton
Engineering Laboratories Company, which became
the Delco Products Division of General Motors.
 
}}
<p>In 1909, Charles F. Kettering and Edward Deeds founded the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company, known as Delco, in Dayton, Ohio. Delco became a leader in automotive technologies during the 1910s. </p>
<p>Delco engineers, including Kettering, were involved in a number of research projects at Delco. Kettering is credited with inventing the first electric ignition system for automobiles. This development allowed drivers to start the automobile engine without having to crank it. In addition, Delco engineers invented electric lights for automobiles that would allow drivers to use the cars at night. Delco's successes led General Motors to purchase the company in 1916. </p>