This [acquisition of Honeywell] is the most exciting deal for GE since RCA … the success of the RCA deal—which was probably one of the most successful deals in corporate history—will bode well for this one.… We’re merging two real high-tech companies. With real earnings. Doing real things.
—Jack Welch, October 2000
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