10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About GE

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What do you think of when you think of GE? Light bulbs? Some home appliances? Yeah, me too. But GE works on things that matter. GE has the best people and the best technologies in order to take on the tough challenges.

GE is finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation, and finance. Building, powering, moving, and curing the world — not just imagining. Doing. GE works.

GE was formed in 1892, when Edison General Electric Company of Schenectady, New York, and Thomson-Houston Electric Company of Lynn, Massachusetts, merged. Both of those plants still operate under the GE banner.

In 1896, General Electric was one of the original 12 companies listed on the newly formed Dow Jones Industrial Average.

In the early 1950s, Kurt Vonnegut was a writer for GE. Some of his novels and stories (specifically Cat’s Cradle) refer to the fictional city of Ilium, which some believe is based on Schenectady, New York (the original location of GE). The Ilium Works is the setting for the short story “Deer in the Works.”

In the 1950s, GE sponsored Ronald Reagan’s television career and launched him on the lecture circuit as a crusader against big government.

GE has a long record of designing social programs, supporting civil rights, and funding minority education programs.

GE is a multinational conglomerate with headquarters in Fairfield, Connecticut. Its main offices are located at Rockefeller Center in New York City, also known as 30 Rock.

GE’s 2005 tax return is the largest return ever filed in the United States. The return was approximately 24,000 pages when printed out, and 237 megabytes when submitted electronically.

In 2011, GE was ranked the sixth largest firm in the United States. GE spends more on U.S. lobbying than any other company.

Do you know what industries GE is involved in? You might be amazed.

GE divisions include GE Capital, GE Power & Water, GE Oil & Gas, GE Aviation, GE Healthcare, GE Transportation, and GE Home & Business Solutions.

GE is a major player in the industrial world. It is involved in the generation, transmission, and distribution of nuclear, gas, and solar electricity, lighting, industrial automation, medical imaging equipment, motors, railway locomotives, aircraft jet engines, and aviation.

To learn more about the impact GE has on our world, visit Industry is a Game of Inches.

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