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                Westinghouse Heritage?

                Since 1886, Westinghouse has brought the best to life.

                You can see it in the products we make. The power we create. The people we help.?Today, our legacy lives on with technology that is transforming the human experience,?from smart appliances for the home to energy solutions that are cleanly?and safely powering us into the next generation.

                Our Promise

                Westinghouse is built upon a tradition of dependability and innovation.?

                Today, we strive to make everyday life a little better by offering a wide range of quality products and services you can trust.?

                Explore our history to discover how Westinghouse has been at work in our world.?

                1846

                George Westinghouse born in Central Bridge, New York.

                1865

                George Westinghouse patents the rotary steam engine.

                1869

                Westinghouse patents the air brake, revolutionizing railroad safety.

                1869

                Westinghouse Air Brake Company is founded.

                1871

                Westinghouse Air Brake Company implements half-day Saturdays, a big step toward the five-day work week.

                1873

                Westinghouse invented the automatic air brake by utilizing a triple valve system that equipped each car with its own air cylinder.

                1881

                Westinghouse founds Union Switch and Signal Company to develop closed-track circuits and interlocking systems for railroads.

                1886

                Westinghouse Electric Company is founded.

                1888

                Nikola Tesla receives a patent for the first alternating current motor and comes to work for Westinghouse Electric Company.

                1891

                Westinghouse built the world’s first industrial AC system, Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant.

                1893

                Westinghouse beats Thomas Edison for the contract to light the Chicago World’s Fair with AC power and wins the “War of the Currents.”

                1896

                Installed hydropower AC generators at Adams Power Plant, Niagara Falls which supplied power to Buffalo, New York

                1901

                First commercial Westinghouse steam turbine driven generator, 1,500 kW unit nicknamed the Mary-Ann, Hartford Electric Light Co.

                1905

                Westinghouse’s first main-line AC powered locomotive produced for New York, New Haven and Hartford Railroad. Mode:l NH EP1 Supplied voltage: 11 kV, 25 Hz AC, 600 V DC & 636 V AC.

                1914

                Westinghouse acquires Copeman Electric Stove Company and enters the home appliance market.

                1914

                George Westinghouse dies, leaving a legacy that includes 361 patents and the founding of 60 companies.

                1920

                Westinghouse makes history with the first commercial radio broadcast in the country. Radio station KDKA begins operations.

                1921

                Westinghouse introduces the first factory-built radio receiver.

                1923

                Westinghouse pioneers the first international shortwave radio broadcast.

                1930

                55,000 Westinghouse workers honor George Westinghouse by raising funds to build a memorial and garden in Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park.

                1933

                The world’s fastest elevators are built for New York’s Rockefeller Center.

                1937

                Westinghouse Electric constructs the first atom smasher to explore the potential of nuclear energy as a practical power source.

                1939

                Westinghouse makes an impression at the New York World’s Fair with its Hall of Power and Elektro, the walking, talking robot.

                1940s

                Westinghouse supports the war effort on many fronts, including the creation of the famous “We Can Do It” poster.

                1941

                Westinghouse begins producing power at Grand Coulee Dam.

                1947

                First all-weather airport approach lighting installed at Idlewild International Airport, New York.

                1948

                First industrial 2000 HP, W21 gas turbine installed at the Mississippi River Fuel Corp in Wilmar, Arkansas

                1950s

                Westinghouse markets its appliance line with the Freedom Fair advertising campaign.

                1954

                The USS Nautilus, the world’s first nuclear submarine, was launched with a reactor built by Westinghouse.

                1960

                Paul Rand designs the Westinghouse logo.

                1969

                Westinghouse cameras capture the first moonwalk for viewers back on earth.

                1977

                Westinghouse introduces the first airborne surveillance radar system.