Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) delivers environmentally conscious, technology-driven solutions and services to energy and industrial customers worldwide. They’ve even sold a boiler to Thomas Edison!
In 1867, Stephen Wilcox knew there must be a better way to safely generate power so he and his childhood friend George Babcock responded by designing the first inherently safe water-tube boiler. This invention was patented by Babcock and Wilcox set the standard for safe, reliable steam-generated power.
In 1878, Thomas Edison ordered a boiler to power his machine shop and laboratory. He then proclaimed a B&W boiler is “the best boiler God has permitted man yet to make.” Four years later, Thomas Edison’s Pearl Street station in New York City, operating with four B&W boilers, became the first public utility in the country. New York City’s first subway was also powered by B&W boilers.
During World War I, B&W produced more than 500 naval boilers and 1,000 merchant units for the emergency fleet of the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marine.
Since that time, B&W has grown to become a global leader in energy and environmental technologies and services for power and industrial markets. B&W and its subsidiaries employ approximately 4,000 people around the world, with 12-20 of those employees at their Martin City location.
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