Champion, Albert

Albert Champion (1878-1927) was a French-born pioneer of spark plug design and a champion bicycle racer. He left his native France in 1899 and moved to Boston, Massachusetts where he turned his hobby of making spark plugs for friends into a business—The Champion Ignition Co. The company was incorporated in October of 1908, and a year later the name was changed to AC Spark Plug Co. Champion developed AC into a renowned and highly successful manufacturer of spark plugs for automobiles and aircrafts, as well as other products vital to industry. After Champion's death, AC became a full division of General Motors.

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Cleveland, C. (2007). Champion, Albert. Retrieved from


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