Beautiful certificate from the Babcock & Wilcox Limited
issued in 1936. This historic document was printed by Waterlow & Sons Company and has an
ornate border around it with underprint of a world globe with the words " Tube Steam Water Boiler". This item has the signatures of the Company's Director's and Secretary and is over 76 years old.
The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) is an American firm engaged in the design, engineering, manufacture, service and construction of power generation and pollution control systems and equipment for utilities and industries. Babcock & Wilcox boilers supply more than 270,000 megawatts of installed capacity in over 90 countries around the world. During World War II, over half of the American US Navy fleet was powered by Babcock & Wilcox boilers. The company is based in Lynchburg, Virginia and is a unit of McDermott International, Inc. B&W also has operations in West Point, Mississippi, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, Mount Vernon, Indiana, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Barberton, Ohio, and Euclid, Ohio.
In 1867, Providence, Rhode Island, residents Stephen Wilcox and his partner George Herman Babcock patented the “Babcock & Wilcox Non-Explosive Boiler”, which used tubing to generate higher pressures and was more efficient than existing designs.
Babcock & Wilcox published a useful reference book titled Steam - its generation and use , currently in the 41st edition.
In 1942, the company developed the cyclone furnace.
Babcock and Wilcox designed and built the nuclear reactor that was involved in the Three Mile Island accident.
On November 26, 2007 Babcock & Wilcox and BWX Technologies were merged into a single company.
Babcock & Wilcox has over 140 years of manufacturing and operations for civilian, national security and high-consequence applications.
Stephen Wilcox patents the water tube boiler
1867 Stephen Wilcox and George Babcock establishes Babcock, Wilcox & Company to manufacture and market the water tube boiler
First installed utility boiler made by B&W
1902 New York City's first subway is powered by B&W boilers
1903 The Commonwealth Edison Company of Chicago is the first utility station to use steam turbines exclusively for electric power generation
Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet powered by B&W Boilers
1918 First pulverized coal plant made by B&W
1929 B&W installs the world's first commercial size recovery boiler using the magnesium bisulfite process in Quebec, Canada
1930s B&W introduces the integral furnace boiler,
the Kraft recovery boiler,
the radiant boiler,
and the open-pass boiler
1935 B&W sold and placed into service the first "black liquor" recovery boiler in the USA which used a by-product of the pulping process as fuel.
1941–45 Designed and delivered 4,100 marine boilers for combat and merchant ships including 95 percent of US fleet in Tokyo Bay at Japanese surrender
Provided components, materials and process development for Manhattan Project
Over 95 percent of U.S. Fleet in Tokyo Bay at Japanese surrender are powered by B&W boilers
1946 Awarded first contract to research propulsion systems for US Navy
Designed and fabricated components for USS Nautilus, world’s first nuclear-powered submarine
1956 Designed and built first privately licensed commercial Critical Experiment Laboratory and began operations at Lynchburg Research Center, the first privately financed US nuclear facility
First supercritical pressure coal-fired boiler made by B&W
B&W designs & manufactures heavy nuclear components for new, re-emerging commercial nuclear power
1961 Designed and supplied reactors for world’s first commercial nuclear ship NS Savannah
1962 Designed and furnished reactor systems for first commercial reactor, Indian Point, using HEU 233
1964 Concluded design work on Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory
1966 Initiated design and fabrication of components for Nimitz-class aircraft carriers
Largest boiler (1300 MW) built for TVA
B&W leader in coal-fired emissions environmental controls for SOx, NOx, Mercury
1975 Designed and built components for liquid metal fast breeder reactor
1981 Began fabricating research and test reactor fuel for universities and national laboratories
1981–85 Decontaminated and decommissioned first commercial plutonium laboratory in the US
1987 Awarded contract for design space nuclear thermal propulsion system
1991 Selected to manage and operate Specific Manufacturing Capability (SMC) at INEEL
1993 Issued patent for solar bi-modal space power and propulsion system
Initiated design and fabrication of heavy-equipment components for Virginia-class submarine
Awarded M&O contract of Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of DynMcDermott
1994 Awarded first major site M&O contract at DOE's INEEL as part of winning team
1995 Awarded contract to downblend HEU from Project Sapphire
Opened the Clean Coal Environmental Development Facility (CEDF) a state-of-the-art combustion and emissions testing facility
1996 Initiated conceptual design studies for CVN-21
1997 Awarded first prime contract to manage, operate Mound, a DOE site
Completed environmental remediation of former nuclear fuels plant in Apollo, PA
Environmental Management: D&D Nuclear Material Stabilization
Nuclear Non- proliferation: downblending HEU from U.S. nuclear weapons
1999 Awarded contract to develop fuel cells and hydrogen reformers for US Navy
Awarded contract to manage and operate Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, TN
Awarded contract to manage and operate Pantex Plant in Amarillo, TX
Designed and fabricated largest superconducting magnet in the US
DOE Nuclear Weapons Complex & Laboratory Nuclear Operations
2000-2006 B&W and certain of its subsidiaries filed a voluntary petition in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to reorganize under Chapter 11
2001 Completed first D&D of a commercial plutonium production facility in Parks Township, PA
2002 Established SOFCo, dedicated to fuel cell deployment
2003 Supporting development of reactor plant for Jupitor Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO)
Awarded, for a second time, a M&O contract for Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of DynMcDermott
2004 Awarded contract to manage and operate Idaho National Laboratory as part of Battelle Energy Alliance
2005 Awarded contract to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of Los Alamos National Security, LLC
B&W developing oxy-fuel technology for carbon capture
2007 Consolidation of B&W and BWXT operations, under the name The Babcock & Wilcox Company. Formation of Babcock & Wilcox Nuclear Power Generation Group, Inc.
History from Wikipedia and OldCompany.com (old stock certificate research service).