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Since 1886, Westinghouse has brought the best to life.

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.

George Westinghouse, Founder of Westinghouse Company

Our heritage and history

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

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

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

1900 – 1914

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


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


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


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


1923 – 1937

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


1939 – 1950

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