The Original B&W

The Original Babcock & Wilcox


Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) began in 1867 with one patent, two friends and an unwavering commitment to reliable and effective innovation. When Stephen Wilcox first avowed that “there must be a better way” to safely generate power, he and George Babcock responded with the design for the first inherently safe water-tube boiler, and the company was born. This challenge to continuously improve endures today, over 150 years later.

Stephen Wilcox and George Babock

Hero's Engine and the Evolution of B&W


More than 2,000 years ago, a Greek mathematician and scientist named Hero designed a device that used steam as a power source. His invention, the aeolipile, is credited as being the first steam engine.

In 1856, Stephen Wilcox built upon Hero's science to engineer and patent the water-tube boiler for use in industry. His success led him to team up with childhood friend George Babcock and establish The Babcock & Wilcox Company in 1867.

Babcock & Wilcox Logo Evolution

B&W’s early logos showcased Hero’s aeolipile, one of the first recorded demonstrations of the power of steam. As the company expanded throughout the years, the logo was changed and updated several times, eventually evolving into the simplified “B&W” letters, representing the diverse capabilities and wide range of engineered solutions we provide to industry.

Today, B&W's products and services are the result of the company's years of ingenuity and experience, which provide dependable performance for a wide range of industries and applications. 

What hasn’t changed is the same commitment we make to our customers today that our founders made more than 150 years ago when they established “The Original” Babcock & Wilcox. 

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