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Westinghouse Electric CompanyContact: Vaughn Gilbert, +1 412.374.3896, www.westinghousenuclear.com/
The Global Nuclear Renaissance is in Full Swing, and Pittsburgh-based Westinghouse Electric Company is Leading the Way
Westinghouse Electric Company, the world's leading commercial nuclear energy company, has headquarters and major operations in Western Pennsylvania. Today, Westinghouse nuclear technology is the basis for over 40 percent of the world's operating nuclear power plants, including 60 percent of those in the United States. Currently, Westinghouse is providing four advanced AP1000TM nuclear power plants in China and the technology has been selected for 14 of the 27 new plants announced in the United States. More than 40 percent of the company's 13,000 global employees are located in Western Pennsylvania.
Westinghouse Electric Company offers a wide range of nuclear plant products and services to utilities throughout the world, including fuel, service and maintenance, instrumentation and control and advanced nuclear plant designs.
Since providing the world's first pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant in 1957 in Shippingport, Pa., Westinghouse has continually strengthened its position in and commitment to the worldwide commercial nuclear power industry. Today, Westinghouse conducts business in more than 15 countries, and has major operations in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Spain, China, Japan and South Africa.
Even though Westinghouse Electric Company is now fully committed to the commercial nuclear power industry, the company traces its roots to 1886 when the original Westinghouse Electric Company was founded by George Westinghouse, acknowledged as the world's greatest living engineer. Over the next century, the name Westinghouse was associated with a number of achievements, mostly related to electricity and electronics.
Among the company's milestones:
- The first commercial alternating current power generating station (1886)
- The first commercial radio broadcast (1920)
- The first diesel-electric rail car (1929)
- The first industrial atom smasher (1937)
- The electronic amplifier to improve X-ray images (1948)
Additionally, Westinghouse provided the cameras that enabled the world to watch the first walk on the moon in 1969.