Westinghouse Electric Company was founded in 1886 when George Westinghouse built the first generating plant to produce alternating electrical current. Today, the company is a global player in the nuclear energy industry.
Owned by the Japanese conglomerate Toshiba, Westinghouse is a major manufacturer and supplier of nuclear control technologies and commercial fuel products. In addition, the company offers plant design and start-up assistance for new facilities, as well as maintenance, training, quality management and engineering services.
The company grew quickly in its early years, employing 50,000 workers by 1900. Westinghouse handled several major electrical projects such as building the world’s fastest elevators for New York’s Rockefeller Center in 1933. Westinghouse was later responsible for World War II-era inventions and manufactured turbines for ships. Among other unique endeavors, the company created the first U.S. designed jet engine and the first airborne radar. Westinghouse video cameras, manned by astronauts, were even used to capture the first moon landing.
Westinghouse has acquired and relinquished many subsidiaries and corporations throughout its history, notably purchasing CBS Broadcasting Inc. in 1995. A year later, it sold its defense electronics businesses and bought Infinity Broadcasting. Changing its name to CBS Corp., the company sold its remaining industrial and commercial power businesses in the late 1990s. Later, British energy giant British Nuclear Fuels plc (BNFL) acquired Westinghouse Electric. After growing the company through acquisitions, BNFL sold Westinghouse Electric to Toshiba in 2006.
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