Donald Layland, past Armatures Inc. presidentFarmington Hills Far·ming·ton Hills
A city of southeast Michigan, an industrial suburb of Detroit. Population: 81,400. , Mich., died Oct. 20, 2008. He was 78.
In 1946, Mr. Layland and his father started L&D Electric. Initially the company focused primarily on a-c motors. As the industry changed, the company began to service d-c motors.
"We were always diversified in the shop," commented Valerie Kusiak, Mr. Layland's daughter.
In 1985, Mr. Layland merged L&D with Armatures, a move that enabled the company to enlarge its motor service capability while keeping the various roles under one roof. Although he retired as president of the company in 2003 and subsequently moved to northern Michigan This article is about the region; for the university, see Northern Michigan University
Northern Michigan - or more properly Northern Lower Michigan - is a region of the U.S. state of Michigan, popular as a tourist destination. , he would continue to offer his expert consultation as it pertained particularly to technical matters.
During the Korean War Korean War, conflict between Communist and non-Communist forces in Korea from June 25, 1950, to July 27, 1953. At the end of World War II, Korea was divided at the 38th parallel into Soviet (North Korean) and U.S. (South Korean) zones of occupation. , Mr. Layland served in the U.S. Army.
Outside of work, he was active for many years in the Electrical Apparatus Service Association and served as past president of the Great Lakes Great Lakes, group of five freshwater lakes, central North America, creating a natural border between the United States and Canada and forming the largest body of freshwater in the world, with a combined surface area of c.95,000 sq mi (246,050 sq km). Chapter. He also enjoyed his tractors and his property in the north.
His survivors include: his wife, Leona; son Kurt and daughter-inlaw Lynn; daughter Valerie and son-in-law Dean; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.
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