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of Pittsburgh, USA.
1885 Westinghouse imported a number of Gaulard-Gibbs transformers and a Siemens AC generator to begin experimenting with AC networks in Pittsburgh.
1886 the Westinghouse Electric Company became the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company, of Pittsburgh
1889 The name of the company was changed to Westinghouse Electric Corporation.
1889 Westinghouse established the Westinghouse Electric Co Ltd of London as an agency for selling and installing Westinghouse products; he transferred his patent rights for all countries outside North and South America to the new company.
1896 George Westinghouse acquired Parsons' American patents, and, by arrangement, Francis Hodgkinson went from Parsons' Heaton Works to Pittsburgh, Pa., to direct the design and construction of steam turbines. From 1896 to 1916 he was chief turbine engineer of Westinghouse Machine Co ; from 1916 to 1927 he was chief engineer, and from 1927 to 1936 consulting engineer, of the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co. Mr. Hodgkinson reached retirement age in 1936 but remained consultant for the Westinghouse Company. Upon retirement, he was appointed Honorary Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University, New York.
1899 Seeing the opportunities in the UK, George Westinghouse formed British Westinghouse as a limited company as a manufacturing subsidiary of the American Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Company. The British Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co acquired certain rights for the United Kingdom, its colonies, possessions, and dependencies, except North America, from the Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co and the Westinghouse Machine Co of the United States.
1907 Westinghouse USA went into receivership with the result that executive control of the company was taken away from George Westinghouse, though he remained as President. Another effect of this was the increased independence of British Westinghouse.