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Good in Fair jacket. 342 pages. Illustrations. Appendix. Index., pp. 320-321 soiled. Ink name and date on title page. DJ worn and soiled with small tears. Woodbury Recounts How US Industry, And Particularly The Westinghouse Corporation, Rose To The Challenge Of Building New Machines Of Enormous Complexity By The Million, In The Space Of Weeks, With No Margin For Mistakes. The Westinghouse Electric Corporation was an American manufacturing company. It was founded on January 8, 1886, as Westinghouse Electric Company and later renamed Westinghouse Electric Corporation by its founder George Westinghouse (1846-1914). George Westinghouse had previously founded the Westinghouse Air Brake Company. The company pioneered the power generation industry and in the fields of long-distance power transmission and high-voltage alternating-current transmission, unveiling the technology for lighting in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. The first commercial Westinghouse steam turbine driven generator, a 1, 500 kW unit, began operation at Hartford Electric Light Co. in 1901. The machine, nicknamed Mary-Ann, was the first steam turbine generator to be installed by an electric utility to generate electricity in the US. George Westinghouse had based his original steam turbine design on designs licensed from the English inventor Charles Parsons. Westinghouse boasted 50, 000 employees by 1900, and established a formal research and development department in 1906. Westinghouse Electric diversified its business activities in electrical technology. Westinghouse moved into radio broadcasting by establishing Pittsburgh's KDKA, the first commercial radio station, and WBZ in Springfield, MA in 1921. Throughout the decade, diversification engendered considerable growth; sales went from $43 million in 1914 to $216 million in 1929. Westinghouse produced the first operational American turbojet for the US Navy program in 1943. During the late 1940s Westinghouse applied its aviation gas turbine technology and experience to develop its first industrial gas turbine. A 2000 hp model W21 was installed in 1948 at the Mississippi River Fuel Corporation gas compression station in Wilmar, Arkansas. This was the beginning of a 50-year history of Westinghouse industrial and utility gas turbine development. As a result of its participation in the US government's military program for nuclear energy applications (e.g. The Nuclear Navy) Westinghouse was instrumental in the development and commercialization of nuclear energy systems for electric power generation.
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