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Ducommun is still going after 166 years
Ducommun is still going after 166 years

Ducommun Inc. has a special place in the business history of California. It began by outfitting prospectors with hardware and sundries during the Gold Rush, more than a century and a half ago. Now, it makes electronic assemblies for the U.S. Navy's Tomahawk cruise missile. Ducommun was founded in 1849, a year before California became a state. At the time, Los Angeles was a frontier town, population 1,600. The company's name comes from founder Charles Louis Ducommun, a half-blind smallpox survivor and watchmaker who walked to L.A. from Arkansas. Ducommun brought a mule and as much as it could carry. The trip took nine months, according to a company history. In the early days...

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