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The New Departure-Hyatt Bearings Division traces its roots to the New Departure Manufacturing Company, a producer of ball bearings that was acquired by GM founder Billy Durant in 1916 and became part of GM in 1918 as the New Departure Division. By the 1930s, New Departure was producing nearly 75 percent of all the ball bearings used in all industries in the United States and 50 percent of those used in the entire world. Eventually, the operations were re-named New Departure-Hyatt Division and then became part of the Delco Moraine NHD Division in 1989 before finally becoming part of Delphi Automotive Systems, which was spun off from GM in 1999.


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