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Dec 10, 2014

New United Tech CEO to take stage amid Wall Street break-up talk

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – The change atop United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) has set off speculation the U.S. conglomerate may eventually shake up its diverse industrial businesses, including possibly divesting its Sikorsky helicopter unit.

Shares of United Technologies have climbed 4 percent since the company announced on Nov. 24 that Chief Financial Officer Greg Hayes replaced Louis Chenevert, who retired as chief executive officer, effective immediately.

Dec 2, 2014

Johnson Controls CEO sees some U.S. construction strength

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. construction of institutional buildings such as schools and government facilities is picking up after years of sluggishness, the chief executive of manufacturer Johnson Controls Inc (JCI.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Tuesday.

As a large maker of climate control systems, Johnson Controls is one of a swath of industrial manufacturers that depend on non-residential construction for demand for their products.

Nov 24, 2014

New UTC chief known to Wall Street, giving solace amid abrupt move

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – United Technologies Corp’s appointment of Chief Financial Officer Gregory Hayes as chief executive is providing investors some comfort as they try to understand the abrupt departure of previous leader Louis Chenevert.

United Technologies shares fell 1.4 percent on Monday after the company announced that Chenevert had stepped down as CEO and chairman effective immediately. The maker of jet engines, elevators and climate control systems gave no public indication of the transition ahead of time, catching Wall Street off guard.

Nov 24, 2014

United Tech CEO steps down, replaced by CFO in abrupt change

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – United Technologies Corp (UTX.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Chief Executive Officer Louis Chenevert has retired immediately and is being replaced by the company’s finance chief, the diversified U.S. manufacturer said on Monday, an abrupt change that caught Wall Street off guard.

The maker of Otis elevators, Pratt & Whitney jet engines and Sikorsky helicopters said in a press release that Chenevert, 57, informed the United Tech board of his retirement.

Nov 19, 2014

GE wind-power business looks to global expansion, data services: executive

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – General Electric Co looking to grow its wind-power business by increasing installations of turbines globally while providing services such as data analytics to improve their performance, a top company energy executive said on Wednesday.

The U.S. conglomerate plans to have a presence with its wind turbine business in 35 or more countries next year, up from eight in 2003.

Nov 19, 2014

GE wind-power business looks to global expansion, data services- exec

Nov 19 (Reuters) – General Electric Co looking to
grow its wind-power business by increasing installations of
turbines globally while providing services such as data
analytics to improve their performance, a top company energy
executive said on Wednesday.

The U.S. conglomerate plans to have a presence with its wind
turbine business in 35 or more countries next year, up from
eight in 2003.

Nov 12, 2014

GE says infrastructure demand to boost orders for developing markets

NEW YORK (Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) expects developing markets to be a “huge engine” of growth due to demand for the company’s products that provide infrastructure in these countries, GE’s top international executive said on Wednesday.

GE, which is increasingly focused on industrial products such as jet engines, power turbines and oil and gas equipment, should see double-digit percentage increases in orders in developing countries for the “foreseeable future,” said John Rice, vice chairman and president of GE’s global growth organization.

Nov 11, 2014

Keeping consumer foothold, GE launches ‘connected home’ products

NEW YORK, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Despite General Electric Co’s
impending sale of its appliances business, the company is
not abandoning the consumer.

The U.S. conglomerate, along with startup invention company
Quirky, on Tuesday revealed seven “connected home” retail
products that allow people to remotely control and monitor such
things as temperature, doors and windows, water leakage and
energy usage.

Nov 10, 2014

GE ties cash, margin goals to compensation of CEO Immelt

By Lewis Krauskopf

(Reuters) – General Electric Co Chief Executive Officer Jeff Immelt will personally profit if the U.S. conglomerate reaches certain cash and operating profit margin targets over the next three years.

According to a U.S. securities filing on Monday, the compensation committee of GE’s board granted Immelt 200,000 “performance share units,” or PSUs, that will convert into GE stock at the end of three years based on two equally weighted goals.

Nov 6, 2014

Honeywell misclassified Illinois uranium plant leak, regulators say

Nov 6 (Reuters) – Honeywell International Inc did
not properly classify a uranium hexafluoride leak at its
Metropolis, Illinois, plant last month, according to a U.S.
regulatory event report on Thursday.

According to the report, Honeywell should have classified
the Oct. 26 incident as an “alert,” the less serious of two
official emergency event designations by the U.S. Nuclear
Regulatory Commission, instead of declaring it a “plant
emergency,” which is an internal company classification.

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