All of GE's energy consuming and energy creating technologies utilize Woodward components.... Jet engines, steam turbines, gas turbines, wind turbines, locomotives, etc. It's Not too much of a stretch that GE would want this competency in house. Many large companies are now realizing that outsourcing high-tech components to the lowest bidder in some third world country that's 15 years out of the stone-age might not be all that great of strategy after all - Ask Boeing !!!
Or maybe Boeing ...time will tell...some parts of this company may go one way and other parts some place else.Like most companies trying to buy into others and not enough back round,even with left over people from before buy out. Just a waiting game and hoping all gets back in line..
GE "already has" come knocking on the door when John Halbrook was CEO.But he turned them down. I was at Woodward governor for 14 years, and there were no major reorganizations. In the 9 years since I've been gone, there has been at least "two" company reorganizations. Why fix something if it's not broken? Like a car company, it's a matter of time before Wodward is broken up, or devisions spun off and sold to the highest bidder.