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History

BWX Technologies, Inc. (BWXT) traces its history back to the 1850s with the invention of the water tube boiler. Operating for many years as a part of The Babcock & Wilcox Company, our company has long been at the forefront of the commercial nuclear power generation and government nuclear industries, achieving an impressive number of firsts in both businesses. In 2015, The Babcock & Wilcox Company spun off its power generation business to allow BWXT to focus on government and nuclear operations.

Trademarks of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates (“B&W”) are used with permission, and such use does not indicate any endorsement by B&W of BWXT products or services or affiliation between the companies.

A Timeline of BWX Technologies, Inc.

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1856

Stephen Wilcox patented the water tube boiler

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1867

Stephen Wilcox and George Babcock established Babcock, Wilcox & Company

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1879

Published the first edition of Steam: its generation and use. It is the longest continuously published engineering text of its kind in the world, now in its 42nd edition

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1881

First central electrical station in the US, operated by the Brush Electric Light Company in Philadelphia, is powered by four 73-horsepower B&W boilers

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1882

Thomas Edison’s Pearl Street Station in New York City, powered by four B&W boilers, ushered in the concept of a public utility and the age of electricity for lighting, transportation and industry

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1888

Thomas Edison wrote that the B&W boiler is “the best boiler god has permitted man yet to make”

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1889

Marine boiler business is launched with the installation of a new boiler built for Stephen Wilcox’s steam yacht Reverie

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1891

B&W’s international business was consolidated with the founding of Babcock & Wilcox Limited, headquartered in London, England. The US-based B&W retained no management interest in Babcock & Wilcox Limited

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1893

Stephen Wilcox died in November. George Babcock died 19 days later.

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1902

New York City's first subway powered by B&W boilers

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1906

Purchased the Stirling Consolidated Boiler Company plant in Barberton, Ohio, to manufacture boilers for industrial applications

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1907

Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet powered by B&W boilers

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1923

B&W and Goldie-McCulloch incorporated in Canada, setting the stage for the company’s eventual establishment of Babcock & Wilcox Canada, Ltd., located in Cambridge, Ontario

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1930

Contracted to construct penstocks for Hoover Dam

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1943–1945

Provided components, materials and process development for Manhattan Project

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1946

Awarded first contract to research propulsion systems for US Navy

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1949

Awarded contracts to design and build boilers for the SS United States, the first American superliner

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1953–1955

Designed and fabricated components for USS Nautilus, world’s first nuclear-powered submarine

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1956–1957

Manufactured components for the first full-scale peacetime nuclear power plant in the US – the Shippingport Atomic Power Station in Pennsylvania

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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

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1957

Constructed first supercritical pressure coal-fired boiler

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1958

Began fabricating research and test reactor fuel for universities and national laboratories

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1959

World’s first nuclear merchant ship NS Savannah is launched with a B&W-manufactured nuclear reactor

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1962

Designed and furnished reactor systems for Indian Point, thus entering commercial nuclear market

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1962

Site at Mount Vernon, Indiana, developed for manufacturing large, heavy nuclear steam supply components

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1964

Concluded design work on Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL)

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1966

Initiated design and fabrication of components for Nimitz-class aircraft carriers

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1975

Designed and built components for liquid metal fast breeder reactor

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1978

Acquired by J. Ray McDermott & Co., Inc.

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1981–1985

Decontaminated and decommissioned first commercial plutonium laboratory in the US

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1987

Awarded contract to design space nuclear thermal propulsion system

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1991

Selected to manage and operate Specific Manufacturing Capability (SMC) at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory

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1993

Issued patent for solar bi-modal space power and propulsion system

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1993

Awarded management and operating contract of Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of DynMcDermott

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1993

Initiated design and fabrication of heavy-equipment components for Virginia-class submarine

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1994

Awarded first major US Department of Energy site management and operating contract at Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory as part of winning team

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1995

Awarded contract to downblend HEU (Highly Enriched Uranium) from Project Sapphire

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1997

Awarded first prime contract from the US Department of Energy to manage and operate the Mound Site in Ohio

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1999

Awarded contract to develop fuel cells and hydrogen reformers for US Navy

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2000

Awarded contract to manage and operate Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas

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2000

B&W and some subsidiaries file a voluntary petition in the US Bankruptcy Court to reorganize under Chapter 11

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2003

Supported development of reactor plant for Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO)

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2004

Awarded contract to manage and operate Idaho National Laboratory as part of Battelle Energy Alliance

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2005

Awarded contract to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory as part of Los Alamos National Security, LLC

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2006

Began developing oxy-fuel technology for carbon capture at fossil-fueled power plants

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2007

Consolidated B&W and BWXT operations under the name The Babcock & Wilcox Company.

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2007

Acquired Marine Mechanical Corporation in Euclid, Ohio

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2008

Acquired Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc. in Erwin, Tennessee, as a subsidiary

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2009

Began small modular reactor design for commercial nuclear industry

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2010

Spun off from McDermott International as standalone, publicly traded company

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2010

Awarded contract by the US Department of Energy for uranium conversion operations at the Paducah and Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plants

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2011

Provided consulting services for nuclear reactor recovery efforts at Fukushima, Japan

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2011

Awarded management and operating contract at US Department of Energy’s Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project

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2011

Awarded Waste-to-Energy power generation plant contracts in West Palm Beach, Florida

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2014

Signed Memorandum of Understanding for support for the development of TerraPower’s Generation IV traveling wave reactor

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2015

B&W spun off power generation business. Government and nuclear operations continue under BWX Technologies, Inc.

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2015

BWXT Rings bell at NYSE - Dec. 2015

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2016

BWXT Completes Acquisition of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Canada, Inc.

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2017

BWXT Awarded $18.8 Million Nuclear Thermal Propulsion Reactor Design Contract by NASA

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2018

Acquired Sotera Health’s Nordion medical isotope business to support breakthrough isotope technology

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2020

Acquired Laker Energy Products, Inc. to broaden our portfolio of CANDU® components.