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September 27, 2012

Step Back in Time: Sept. 27, 2012

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Sept. 27, 1962

SIDNEY — George E. Steiner, general manager of the Scintilla Division of the Bendix Corporation, has announced his decision to retire as the Division’s chief executive.

Mr. Steiner’s retirement, effective Sept. 30, follows a successful career in management that spans a period of nearly 38 years with Scintilla — the longest active service record ever accumulated by a member of the Scintilla organization.

He will be feted at a dinner given in his honor Friday night at the Sheraton Inn in Binghamton by officials of The Bendix Corporation.

During the 15 years Mr. Steiner has served as general manager, Scintilla has undergone a number of significant changes and accomplished an exceptional growth record in the postwar transition to production for the ultra-precise requirements of space age applications. Six major plant extensions have taken place — and several smaller building programs have been completed. Employment has increased from 1,700 persons in 1947 to more than 5,500 at present.

A native of Switzerland, Mr. Steiner came to the United States in 1919. He accepted a position with Iselin & Co., a private banking firm in New York City, and later joined the Foreign Exchange department of the Chase National Bank, where he remained until his association, in 1924, with Brown-Boveri, Ltd., of which the Scintilla Magneto Company was then a part.

Scintilla, at that time primarily a sales agency for the Swiss firm, established manufacturing facilities in Sidney in 1925, and Mr. Steiner later became secretary-treasurer of the company. He was appointed comptroller when Scintilla was purchased by Bendix several years later. He was named general manager in 1947.

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