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Once again, the pair established a factory in Oakland, and De Vaux held sales rights to several western states along with an executive position at Durant Motors. Even as Durant struggled nationally in the late 1920s, sales in De Vaux's territories stacked up very well against the competition. Elbert Hall, too, enjoyed great success in his field. From a young age, the California-born and garage door remote opens but does not close Hall proved time and again his acumen for developing powerful and reliable engines. Hall toyed with automobile production for a San Francisco piano manufacturer in the early 1900s.
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