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==Charles Kettering and General Motors==
 
==Charles Kettering and General Motors==
[[Image:Charles F. Kettering.jpg|thumb|right|Charles F. Kettering]][[Charles Kettering]], a Loudonville, Ohio native and vice president of [[General Motors]], was closely associated with Flxible for almost the entire first half of the company's existence. In 1914, Flxible was incorporated with the help of Kettering, who then became president of the company and joined the board of directors. Kettering provided significant funding for the company in its early years, particularly after 1916, when Kettering sold his firm, the [[Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company]] (Delco), to GM for $2.5 million. Kettering continued to serve as president of Flxible, until he became chairman of the board in 1940, a position he held until his death in 1958. After selling Delco to GM in 1916, Kettering organized and ran a research laboratory at GM, and by the 1950s, held the position of vice president at GM. As a result of Kettering's close relationship with both GM and Flxible, many GM parts were used in the production of Flxible vehicles, particularly prior to GM's 1943 purchase of [[Yellow Coach]] (a competing bus manufacturer, of which GM had been a majority owner since 1925). For example, most Flxible [[ambulance]]s, [[hearse]]s, and buses from the mid-1920s to the early-1940s were built on [[Buick]] chassis, and Flxible's "Airway" model buses of the mid-1930s were built on a [[Chevrolet]] chassis.
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[[Image:Charles F. Kettering.jpg|thumb|right|Charles F. Kettering]][[Charles Kettering]], a Loudonville, Ohio native and vice president of [[General Motors]], was closely associated with Flxible for almost the entire first half of the company's existence. In 1914, Flxible was incorporated with the help of Kettering, who then became president of the company and joined the board of directors. Kettering provided significant funding for the company in its early years, particularly after 1916, when Kettering sold his firm, the Dayton Engineering Laboratories Company (Delco), to GM for $2.5 million. Kettering continued to serve as president of Flxible, until he became chairman of the board in 1940, a position he held until his death in 1958. After selling Delco to GM in 1916, Kettering organized and ran a research laboratory at GM, and by the 1950s, held the position of vice president at GM. As a result of Kettering's close relationship with both GM and Flxible, many GM parts were used in the production of Flxible vehicles, particularly prior to GM's 1943 purchase of [[Yellow Coach]] (a competing bus manufacturer, of which GM had been a majority owner since 1925). For example, most Flxible [[ambulance]]s, [[hearse]]s, and buses from the mid-1920s to the early-1940s were built on [[Buick]] chassis, and Flxible's "Airway" model buses of the mid-1930s were built on a [[Chevrolet]] chassis.
 
[[Image:1955 Flxible VL100.jpg|thumb|right|1955 Flxibl VistaLiner (VL100)]]
 
[[Image:1955 Flxible VL100.jpg|thumb|right|1955 Flxibl VistaLiner (VL100)]]
   
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