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General Electric History: Schenectady Works Welcomes You! Pages 4 and 5

[Schenectady Works Welcomes You! is a tourist booklet published by General Electric in 1949. Full size images of each page are reproduced here, and the photographs are available individually at original and enlarged sizes.]

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[Page 4 is a photo of a typical group of visitors on a tour of the Schenectady Works]

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General Electric in Schenectady

The history of the present Schenectady Works began in 1886... some six years before the General Electric Company was incorporated... when a group of far-seeing Schenectadians helped to raise the critical margin of money needed to bring the Edison Machine Works to Schenectady...

Starting from the original two-building machine shop... now known as buildings 10 and 12... there has grown here in a little over a half century, the largest electrical work shop in the world.

Today, the vast Schenectady Works covers more than 600 acres, with over 240 buildings, and employs over thirty thousand people, who are organized into many departments and divisions to perform a vast variety of functions and activities...

THE LABORATORIES

Schenectady is the headquarters of the General Electric Research Laboratory... often popularly referred to as "The House of Magic"... which was founded in 1900 and which was the first industrial laboratory in the United States dedicated to research in pure science...

The General Engineering and Consulting Laboratory... also located in Schenectady... is the Company's "Bureau of Standards", besides conducting a wide range of investigations and incubating new products...

THE GENERAL OFFICES

Schenectady is the headquarters of six of General Electric's nine Administrative Departments, namely... Accounting... Advertising and Publicity (including direction of the three broadcasting stations WGY, WGFM and WRGB)... Corporate Affairs... Patent... Purchasing... and Treasury...

Branches of the Executive, Law and Investment departments are also maintained here, as well as three affiliated companies, the International G.E. Co., the G.E. Realty Corporation and the Maqua Company.

THE OPERATING DEPARTMENTS

The Apparatus Department... with its headquarters at Schenectady... constitutes the largest of the General Electric operating departments... Seven of the Apparatus Department's sixteen separate businesses are centered at Schenectady, which comprise the largest portion of Schenectady Works products... namely the Aeronautic and Ordnance... Large Motor and Generator... Small & Medium Motor (Induction Motor)... Control... Industrial Heating... Foundries, Forge and Pattern... and Turbine divisions...

Manufacturing branches of three of General Electric's nine operating Departments... the Chemical Department (Hd'qts. at Pittsfield, Mass.), the Construction Materials Department (Hd'qts. at Bridgeport, Conn.,) and the Electronics Department (Hd'qts. at Syracuse, N.Y.)... are located at Schenectady.

Serving the many needs of all the manufacturing units of the Works, are the numerous Schenectady Works Service Divisions which perform the wide variety of services necessary to maintain the Works "City Within a City".

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