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General Electric, commonly known as GE, was founded by Thomas Edison in 1890. The company's original name was the Edison General Electric Company. The Thomson-Houston Company was its primary competitor. In 1892, the two companies merged to form the General Electric company. The General Electric appliance division was founded in the 1890's, while their aircraft engine division was founded in 1917. In 1930, the plastics division was founded based upon various scientific breakthroughs related to the plastics manufacturing process. Throughout its history, GE has manufactured light bulbs, first of the incandescent variety and later on pioneering the manufacture of fluorescent and LED bulbs as well.