Gates Rubber Company
Gates Rubber Company was established in 1911 by Charles Gates, Sr. as Colorado Tire and Leather Company. After phasing out leather in 1917, the company rebraned to International Rubber Company and later, in 1919, to Gates Rubber Company. Parent company, the Gates Corporation, sought to diversify and bought many other companies, including Lear Jet Corporation, later becoming Gates Learjet Corp. Gates Corporation is still active today.
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Scope and Contents: Lear Jet Corporation Series V: Lear Jet Corporation (LJC) primarily documents the development, production, and distribution of the Learjet Model 23 and Model 24, small and fast executive transport jets, with a lesser degree of coverage about the Lear Liner Model 40. Additionally there is a relatively small amount of information about LJC’s Stereo 8 Division, which designed, developed, and produced the 8-track audio tape cassette player for home, automobile, and personal use. The bulk...