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GE Transportation Systems to become umbrella organization unit GE Rail


General Electric Co. is reorganizing all its business units — including land, air and water transportation divisions — to better serve customers.

On Jan. 1, the company plans to merge GE Transportation Systems (GETS) and GE Aircraft Engines to create umbrella organization GE Transportation. GETS would be renamed GE Rail and become a GE Transportation unit that also would include GE Transportation Systems-Global Signaling.

"The idea is to make our company more understandable to the customers we serve and simplify how our internal business is structured," says GETS spokesman Patrick Jarvis. "We'll [also] be more efficient in creating best practices and other [business] practices because now we might have a best practice in one unit but not in another."

GETS President and Chief Executive Officer Charlene Begley will continue to serve as head of GE Rail. The reorganization isn't expected to affect workers or operations at GETS' Erie, Pa., locomotive plant.

Jeff Stagl

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