In 1902, Thomas B. Jeffery and his son switched from making bicycles to building cars in Kenosha, WI, propelling the then-small town of 22,000 located between Milwaukee and Chicago, into the automotive age. Over the next 105 years, Kenosha has grown to a population of nearly 100,000 and has clung to its automotive heritage, despite some turbulent times featuring storied names such as Chrysler, Dodge, Nash, American Motors Corp. and France’s Renault SA – all of which have built cars there. ...

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