Tuesday 4th January 1944
David W. Rodger (50), Vice President and Secretary of the Federal-Mogul Corporation and an employee of the firm since 1915, died. The company was founded in Detroit in 1899 by J. Howard Muzzy and Edward F. Lyon as the Muzzy Lyon Company. Muzzy and Lyon went into business together producing mill supplies and rubber goods and formed a subsidiary called Mogul Metal Company where they launched various bearing innovations. The Muzzy Lyon Company bearings business proved successful and in the early 1900s and became the pair’s main concern, with Buick as one of their earliest customers. The Muzzy Lyon Company later merged with an engine bearings and bushings manufacturing company, Federal Bearings and Bushings Corporation. To solidify their success, the entire Muzzy Lyon Company merged with Federal Bearings and Bushing in 1924 to become Federal-Mogul Corporation. Today the company designs, engineers, manufactures and distributes technologies designed to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions, and enhance vehicle safety.