Our Heritage and History

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1846 – 1881

  • 1846 – George Westinghouse born in Central Bridge, New York
  • 1865 – Westinghouse patents the rotary steam engine
  • 1881 – Westinghouse perfects life-saving railroad block signal
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1886 – 1895

  • 1886 – First commercial AC power generating station lights up Great Barrington, Massachusetts
  • 1886 – George Westinghouse founds the Westinghouse Electric Company
  • 1893 – 25,000 Westinghouse electric lights illuminate the Chicago World’s Fair
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1900 – 1914

  • 1900 – First U.S. public utility steam generator
  • 1905 – First main-line AC-powered locomotive
  • 1909 – First continuous-filament tungsten light bulb
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1923 – 1937

  • 1923 – First international short-wave radio broadcast
  • 1928 – First television camera tube, the Iconoscope
  • 1933 – World’s fastest elevators built for New York’s Rockefeller Center
  • 1937 – First industrial atom-smasher
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1939 – 1950

  • 1939 – Long-range warning ground radar built
  • 1941 – Generators begin producing power at Grand Coulee Dam
  • 1946 – First electric clothes dryer
  • 1950 – First temperature-controlled portable grill
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1953 – 1975

  • 1962 – First computer-controlled teletype network
  • 1968 – First “Instant-On” Television
  • 1969 – Westinghouse cameras capture moon walk for viewers back on Earth
  • 1975 – First high-pressure sodium roadway lighting fixtures
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1976 – 2008

  • 1977 – First airborne surveillance radar system
  • 1986 – Tunable, solid-state emissions analyzer to detect gases for combustion and pollution control
  • 1994 – Introduction of the 501G gas turbine, the largest and most efficient of its type in the world
  • 2001 – Energy Star™ light bulbs, lighting fixtures and ceiling fans introduced
  • 2002 – Eye Saver™ light bulb
  • 2005 – First consumer LCD TV 1080p monitor introduced
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2009 – Present

  • 2009 – Slim, eco and vivid LED TV’s introduced
  • 2011 – Rugged, hardworking generators for home or work
  • 2011 – Innovative, dependable residential and commercial solar power systems
  • 2012 – The Westinghouse 4K 110″ Ultra High-Definition TV
  • 2013 – Introducing the power-anything, go-anywhere WH2000i Digital Inverter Generator
  • 2014 – Digital LED-based 4k Interactive Whiteboards