The Westinghouse Electric Company
is an organization founded by George Westinghouse
. George Westinghouse had previously founded the Westinghouse Air Brake Company. Westinghouse Electric received the first patent for alternating-current
transmission, and unveiled the technology for lighting in Great Barrington, Massachusetts
. The company pioneered long-distance power transmission and high-voltage transmission. In addition to George Westinghouse, engineers working for the company include William Stanley
, Nikola Tesla
and Oliver Schallenberger. It was historically the rival to General Electric
Timeline of company evolution
Other companies, including a lighting company (formerly Angelo Brothers) and an appliance company White-Westinghouse, license or use the Westinghouse name.
- 1889 renamed the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company
- 1914 - acquired Copeman Electric Stove Company and entered the home appliance market, (sold in 1974 to White Consolidated Industries
- 1920s - entered the broadcasting industry, with stations like KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- 1930s - entered the nuclear age with an industrial atom smasher.
- 1940s - entered aviation with airborne radar (defense electronics sold 1996) and ground based airport lighting.
- 1945 - renamed the Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
- 1950s - entered consumer finance with Westinghouse Credit Corporation
- 1960s - acquires ThermoKing, begins automated mass transit (sold 1988)
- 1980s - acquires cable television operator TelePrompter (sold 1985) and robot maker Unimation
- 1995 - buys CBS
- 1996 - buys Infinity Broadcasting
- 1997 - sells non-broadcast operations, renamed CBS
- 1999 - BNFL a UK nuclear company acquires CBS nuclear power business and takes the name Westinghouse Electric Company
(designed by Paul Rand)