Friday, August 11, 2000

What's the Buzz?

GE team leads its (track and) field

By Mike Boyer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        General Electric Co., which likes to be first in the marketplace, is also first on the corporate cinders.

        A team of 92 GE employees, including 14 from GE Aircraft Engines in Evendale, finished first an unprecedented fourth consecutive time last weekend at the U.S. Corporate Athletic Association National Track & Field Championships in Renton, Wash.

        The annual event brings together teams from such marquee corporations as AT&T, IBM, Microsoft and Texas Instruments to compete in a series of 20 relay events that mix distances and competitors from different age groups.

        Lest you think this is just another corporate morale building exercise, think again. The companies and competitors, including some of Olympic caliber, train year-round and vie with fellow employees for team slots.

        Carol Stein, an inventory specialist for GE Engine Services in Cincinnati and GE team co-captain, said several hundred GE employees around the globe competed for spots on this year's team.

        “GE thinks it is important to encourage people to compete on different levels,” said Pat Klaus, GEAE spokeswoman and discus thrower.

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