Lyon Incorporated of Detroit, Michigan was the world's largest producer of wheel accessories. The company was formed by industrialist George Albert Lyon in 1930. George was a successful inventor and is known as the inventor of the early automobile bumpers. After he had perfected his automobile bumper, he started playing around with many more ideas such as a metal cover for spare wheels, plastic and metal white walls, stainless wheel-trim rings and stainless steel wheel covers.
In 1957 Lyon, Inc. was the largest user of stainless steel in the world, using over 30 million pounds in 1955. By then Lyon manufactured wheel covers for the entire automobile industry, equipping between 4 and 5 million vehicles annually. George Albert Lyon was retired, and his son George Lyon operated as president of the company. George Albert Lyon was chairman of the board.
In 1961 Lyon Incorporated was moved to Grenada, Mississippi where Grenada Stamping and Assembly was established as a stainless steel wheel cover manufacturing operation. George Albert Lyon died in 1961, and the company was family owned until 1967 when it was sold to Rockwell-Standard. After it was sold, the company continued to produce wheel covers and hubcaps for Ford, General Motors and Chrysler for the next two decades.
Earl McDonald worked for Lyon making wheel covers from the time he was 17 years of age till he retired. In 1962 Earl relocated with the company to Grenada. He was a foreman for Lyons until he retired, and lived with his family in Grenada for over 50 years.
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