Gardner will make Chev bodies
GARDNER TO MAKE BODIES HERE FOR CHEVROLET AUTOS He Receives $4,000,000 Order During Visit of Motors Company Company President. Russell E. Gardner, president of the St. Louis company for the distribution of Chevrolet automobiles, told a Post-Pispatch Post-Pispatch Post-Pispatch reporter last week that in addition to assembling $5,000,000 worth of automobiles In his plant at Second and Kutger street during the next year, he had obtained a contract for the manufacture manufacture of 200,000 bodies for distribution among the other Chevrolet plants throughout the country. The bodies v.ill cost approximately $20 each, and the total amount of the order in rounJ numbers will be $4,000,000. At present all the autos distributed by Gardner's company are shipped to him in parts and assembled in his plant here. Gardner said he was trying to induce William C. Durant and others associated associated with him in the Chevrolet Motor Co. and the General Motors Co. to establish establish many plants for the manufacture manufacture of different automobile parts in St Louis. Durant spent Wednesday here in conference with Gardner, discussing plans for the expansion of the business in St. Louis. The business of the Chevrolet and General Motors companies within a year will require a vast amount of automobile automobile parts, and Gardner said that these parts could be manufactured in St. Louis as well as in any of the Eastern cities.' , Make of Autos Controlled. The General Motors Co., which is owned by the Chevrolet Co., controls the manufacture of the Butck, Cadillac, Oakland and Oldsmobile cars, and haa a capital of $30,000,000. Through his connection with the Chevrolet. Chevrolet. Co. Gardner said he hoped to be able to make St. Louis one of the most important automobile1 manufacturing and distributing cities in the United States. Gardner and Durant have been close personal friends for many years, Durant having started as Gardner diii as a manufacturer of buggies. Th.ougu his connection with the General Motor. Co. and the Chevrolet Co. Durant is credited with having made a fortune of many millions during the last six years. Gardner said plans had not been matured matured for the manufacture of automobile automobile parts in St. Louis, but that if he should succeed in getting Durant and his associates interested In St. Louis, to the extent of his expectations, important important results, requiring additional large sums of capital and labor," might be expected. He said that every car which his plant could possibly produce during the year already had been soli, and that the business of the local company company would be increased from year to year. ' xne engines ior mo nuw, assembled and distributed from St. Louis, Dallas, Portland and other points, are manufactured in Flint, Mich., where Durant started in the automobile business by founding the Buick company. There are large plants for the manufacture of other parts in several other cities.