TO THE EDITOR:
Remember these? AC Spark Plug; Delco Electronics; Delco Moraine; Delco Products; Delco Remy; Detroit Diesel; Allison Division; Diesel Equipment; Electro-Motive; Fisher Body; Ternstedt; Frigidaire; GM Truck & Coach; GMAC; Guide Lamp; Harrison Radiator; Hydra-Matic; Inland Manufacturing; New Departure-Hyatt Bearing; Oldsmobile; Pontiac; Saturn; Rochester Products; Packard Electric; Saginaw Steering Gear; Terex; Opel; Vauxhall; GM Holden manufacturing; GM India sales; GM South Africa; GM Korea (pending); GM Europe, including: GM Limited; GM France; GM Espana; GM do Portugal; GM Hellas; GM Nordiska; GM Denmark; GM Norge; Suomen GM Oy; GM Yugoslavia; GM Italia; GM Continental; GM Nederland; GM Scotland; GM Ireland; GMODC.
They were all part of the great worldwide General Motors Corp. tower founded by Messrs. Durant, Mott, J.T. Smith, Sloan, Kettering, du Pont, Chevrolet, Fisher Brothers, W. Chrysler et al.
Yet, in a few short years, a handful of GM executives have been able to almost completely dismantle the irreplaceable tower of America’s world’s largest vehicle manufacturer.
Now down to only a few major blocks — Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC and GM China — who will pull the final key Jenga block?
With GM’s U.S. sales penetration of less than 18 percent, there is no reason for concern about governmental antitrust oversight.
I suppose it takes far less talent, skill and imagination to demolish a structure rather than to take charge of an established one and modernize it to maximize efficiency in a changing, competitive and challenging world. Remember, Jenga is a game of dismantling, not building.
RICHARD HERDEGEN, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. The writer is a retired General Motors executive.