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The History of the Automobile in America,

it’s mechanical and auto body technology and development, the people who drive them, the laws they are subject to, the evolution of the roads they drive on, and almost inevitably, the technology required to recover a collision-damaged vehicle and return it to drivable condition, are all intertwined. The history of the collision repair industry, most specifically, the many companies that support the industry, have a long and interestingly varied past.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

April, 1890

The DuPont Company opens a mill in Keokuk, Iowa to produce gunpowder.  Although dynamite was more widely used for construction purposes, coal-miners preferred black powder because it only loosened the coal instead of pulverizing it to dust the way dynamite did.  With so many factories and steam locomotives using coal to create steam power, and homes using coal for heat, the need for coal was great and would continue so for years to come.  The plant produced gunpowder until 1948, a time that marked the beginning of the modern auto collision repair industry, and the emergence of DuPont as a major supplier of automotive refinish paint products.

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