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Oct 2, 2014

Pratt & Whitney names new commercial head amid launch of jet engine

Oct 2 (Reuters) – United Technologies Corp’s Pratt &
Whitney unit on Thursday named a new head of its commercial
engines division in the midst of a crucial launch of a
commercial jet engine.

Pratt appointed Gregory Gernhardt as president of Pratt &
Whitney Commercial Engines, effective immediately. He replaces
David Brantner, who was named to the commercial engine
leadership post in June 2013.

Oct 1, 2014

GE to study shore in latest clean-up step for NY’s Hudson River

Oct 1 (Reuters) – General Electric Co has agreed to
conduct a study of shoreline contamination of New York’s Hudson
River, the company’s latest step in an extensive clean-up effort
of toxic chemicals it dumped into the waterway decades ago.

The study will cost GE an estimated $20.5 million, according
to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which announced the
agreement on Wednesday. It will evaluate floodplains in a
40-mile stretch of the upper Hudson River, and will develop
clean-up options.

Oct 1, 2014

ADT faces skeptics as it expands security offerings to businesses

New York (Reuters) – ADT Corp (ADT.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) dominates sales of home security monitoring in the United States, its shares are up 27 percent since March and the size of its business market is tripling, as a non-compete agreement with its former parent expired this week.

    Yet, investors have shorted more than 20 percent of ADT’s shares, betting that despite the company’s recent performance and widely known brand name, it will be crushed by competition from telecommunications companies and the rise of home-networking with web-enabled cameras and sensors that can send alerts to smartphones.

Sep 29, 2014

GE inks more than $500 million power equipment order with Exelon

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Monday it has won an order worth more than $500 million to provide power-generating equipment to U.S.-based Exelon Corp (EXC.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), including four of GE’s highest efficiency gas turbines.

Exelon said it was planning to build two combined-cycle gas turbine units in Texas using the GE technology.

Sep 16, 2014

United Technologies eyes large M&A, but sees weak deal pipeline

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – U.S. manufacturer United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is looking for large acquisitions, but does not see a wealth of opportunities with the soaring stock market driving up prices, the company’s chief financial officer said on Tuesday.

“We continue to look for opportunities to do large-scale M&A,” United Technologies Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes told an investor conference. “At $65 billion (in annual revenue), you have got to do bigger deals to move the needle.”

Sep 16, 2014

U.S. CEOs gloomier about hiring, spending plans: survey

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – U.S. chief executive officers are gloomier about their plans for hiring and capital expenditures over the next six months, and are more wary about their sales prospects, according to a quarterly survey from the Business Roundtable released on Tuesday.

The CEOs’ hiring plans were particularly weaker, with 34 percent expecting U.S. employment to increase in the next six months, down from 43 percent in the Business Roundtable’s second-quarter survey. Twenty percent expect their employment to decrease in the next six months, compared with 14 percent in the prior survey.

Sep 15, 2014

GE exec says avoided geared design in jet engine battle with Pratt

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) avoided using a geared design for its new engine for narrowbody jets because of concerns about weight and reliability, said a top GE executive on Monday as it battles with rival Pratt & Whitney for billions of dollars in engine orders.

Pratt, part of United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), developed a geared turbofan that relies on a gearbox and lets the front fan operate at a different speed than the rest of the engine, while on GE’s traditionally configured engines the fans run at the same speed.

Sep 12, 2014

Budget cuts seen endangering U.S. defense innovation

WASHINGTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Spy planes that fly at
hypersonic speeds. Missiles with surgical-strike capabilities.
Lasers that protect ships from drones and small attack boats.

These inventions and developing technologies are some of
the projects that excite top military officials and defense
company executives when they contemplate advances for national
security.

Sep 10, 2014

U.S. Navy, Marines need more women: Navy secretary

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said more women should be serving in the Navy and Marine Corps, and plans to take action to boost their presence in those military branches.

“We don’t have enough women in either the Navy or the Marine Corps,” Mabus told the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit on Wednesday as he kicked off a drive to expand the number of women in the Navy.

Sep 7, 2014

GE oil business seeks to outpace market, improve margins

NEW YORK (Reuters) – General Electric Co’s fast-growing oil and gas business that supplies equipment and services is improving profit margins and is well-placed to outpace industry growth over the next several years, a top unit executive said in an interview.

Spurred by $14 billion in acquisitions since 2007, the oil division’s revenue has risen 75 percent to $17 billion since 2009, making it the U.S. conglomerate’s fastest-growing industrial business in that period.

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