At a facility in Durham, N.C., General Electric employees are busy building the GE90 — the world’s largest and most powerful jet engine.
Just how powerful?
Its 127,900 pounds of thrust is about 50 percent more thrust than the Redstone rocket that took Alan Shepard to space. It’s large enough to fit a small car inside.
Just recently, GE Aviation shipped engine No. 1,000 to Boeing , who uses them exclusively for its 777 aircraft.
As you might imagine, the people working on these marvels of engineering are highly skilled. They work in teams and make their own work schedules depending on what they need to do to meet the goals they themselves set. And many of them have one very important thing in common: they are veterans. In fact, almost 40 percent of our employees in Durham have served in our Armed Forces.
That’s not a coincidence.
Building jet engines requires precision and perfection. With their great attention to detail and determination, veterans are often a perfect fit for the opportunities GE offers. This is true not just in our aviation business, but throughout GE .
We currently employ more than 10,000 veterans and reservists.
And in February, we announced both that we would sponsor the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Hiring our Heroes Initiativeand commit to hiring another 5000 veterans over the next five years. We also said that through our Veterans Network, which consists of employees who share a common bond of military service, we would offer one-on-one coaching for veterans transitioning at 50 of the Hiring our Heroes job fairs.
Part of our commitment to initiatives like Hiring our Heroes is bred out of patriotism. Too often for veterans, risking their lives has meant risking their livelihoods when they return home. They deserve better, and a good job is a start. But at GE, we also view veterans as great assets for our company’s growth.