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The Westinghouse Electric Corporation was an American manufacturing company. It was founded on January 8, 1886, as Westinghouse Electric Company and later renamed Westinghouse Electric Corporation by George Westinghouse. George Westinghouse had previously founded the Westinghouse Air Brake Company. The company purchased CBS in 1995 and became CBS Corporation in 1997.

In 1998, CBS established a brand licensing subsidiary Westinghouse Licensing Corporation (Westinghouse Electric Corporation). A year later, CBS sold all of its nuclear power businesses to British Nuclear Fuels Limited (BNFL). Soon after, BNFL gained license rights on the Westinghouse trademarks and they used those to reorganize their acquired assets as Westinghouse Electric Company. That company was sold to Toshiba in 2007.

History

Westinghouse Electric was founded by George Westinghouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1886. The firm became active in developing electric infrastructure throughout the United States. The company’s largest factories were located in East Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where they made turbines, generators, motors, and switchgear for generation, transmission, and use of electricity. In addition to George Westinghouse, engineers working for the company included Frank Conrad, Benjamin Garver Lamme, Oliver B. Shallenberger, William Stanley, Nikola Tesla, Stephen Timoshenko and Vladimir Zworykin. The company was historically the rival to Thomas Edison’s electric company which was later merged into the even bigger competitor, General Electric (see War of the Currents).

  • 1930s and 1940s
  • 1932 – announces Ignitron mercury-arc rectifier
  • 1934 – opens its Home of Tomorrow in Mansfield, Ohio, to demonstrate Westinghouse home appliances
  • 1935 – completes longest continuous electric steel annealing furnace in the world at Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan
  • 1930s – funds invention of the magnetohydrodynamic generator
  • Close up of Westinghouse logo on historic kitchen stove at John & Mable Ringling Museum, Sarasota
  • 1937 – builds first “industrial atom smasher”, a 5 MeV Van de Graaff electrostatic nuclear accelerator
    1940s – enters aviation with airborne radar (defense electronics sold 1996), jet engine propulsion, and ground based airport lighting, gets defense contract from U.S. military to produce plastic helmet liners for the M1 Helmet
  • 1941 – after years of resistance to the unionization efforts of its employees and to the National Labor Relations Act, signs a national labor agreement with the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America after a United States Supreme Court decision that upheld the Act.
  • 1943 – purchased the lamp division of Kentucky-Radio Corporation (Ken-Rad) in Owensboro, Kentucky from Roy Burlew in exchange for 35,000 shares of Westinghouse stock valued at $1.6 million ($21.8 million today)
  • 1945 – renames itself the Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and makes first automatic elevator.
    Westinghouse Aviation Gas Turbine Division (AGT) started in 1945
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