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Wabtec Corporation
Type Public
Traded as NYSEWAB
Industry Rail industry
Founded 1999 (1999) via merger
Headquarters Wilmerding, Pennsylvania[1], USA
Number of locations Various : USA, Europe, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South America. ~50 plants[1]
Key people Albert J. Neupaver, President and chief executive officer
Alvaro Garcia-Tunon, Senior Vice President and chief financial officer[1]
Products Rail braking systems, locomotives, air condition and heat exchanging systems, other rolling stock components[1]
Services Locomotive servicing, overhaul and repair[1]
Net income Sales[note 1]
2007: US$1360 million[2]
Operations:[note 1]
2007: US$180 million[2]
Employees 7000[1]
Divisions Motive Power Inc.
Website www.wabtec.com

Wabtec Corporation (derived from Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation) is an American company formed by the merger of the Westinghouse Air Brake Company (WABCO) and MotivePower Industries Corporation in 1999. It is headquartered in the Pittsburgh suburb of Wilmerding, Pennsylvania.

Wabtec manufactures products for locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles, and builds new locomotives up to 4,000 horsepower (3 MW).


The company's origins go back as far as 1869 with the foundation of the Westinghouse Brake Company; this company (also known as WA&B later as WABCO) became independent in 1990 via a management buy out and went public in 1995.[3] Another company: WABCO Vehicle Control Systems also created from the Westinghouse Brake Company is independent of Wabtec and was spun off by American Standard Companies (the ultimate owner) in 2007.

The other company forming Wabtec, MotivePower Industries, can be traced back to 1972 with the formation of a Rail Systems Group by the Morrison Knudsen group; and the purchase of a manufacturing facility in Boise. In 1994 Morrison Knudsen created a subsidiary MK Rail Corporation; during the first half of the same decade the MK Rail group expanded with the acquisition of various other locomotive component companies. In 1996, MK Rail group is separated from the parent Morrison Knudsen and adopted the name MotivePower Industries Corporation. In the later half of the 1990s further companies were acquired – again all in the locomotive components business.[4]

In July 2010, Wabtec announced that it had purchased two manufacturers of rail equipment, Bach-Simpson Corp. and G&B Specialties. The companies produce locomotive components and track products respectively. The purchase price was reportedly US$48 million.[5]

In November 2010, Wabtec acquired all of the assets of Cleveland, Ohio, based manufacturer of traction motors and electric coils for rail and power generation markets Swiger Coil Systems.[6]

United Kingdom[edit]

Brush Traction[edit]

On February 28, 2011, Wabtec announced that it had acquired Brush Traction, an English locomotive builder and maintainer, for US$31 million.[7]

Bearward Engineering[edit]

In November 2011, Wabtec acquired Bearward Engineering Ltd [1], an industrial radiator manufacturer employing some 600 people based in Northampton, England. Bearward Engineering primarily supplies the power generation market with uniquely designed cooling systems. At the time of purchase Bearward had an annual turnover of US$70 million.[8]

Wabtec Rail UK[edit]

Wabtec Rail Limited is a railway engineering company based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, England. Services include the overhaul and repair of railway rolling stock and components.[9]

Wabtec Rail Scotland[edit]

Wabtec Rail Scotland occupies the Kilmarnock works of the former locomotive builder Andrew Barclay Sons & Co..

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References and notes[edit]


  1. ^ a b Figures rounded down to nearest 1 million


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wabtec corporation – fast facts wabtec.com
  2. ^ a b "Wabtec corporation 2007 financial summary" (PDF). Retrieved 2014-03-25. 
  3. ^ Wabtec corporation – History wabtec.com
  4. ^ MotivePower Wabtec – history motivepower-wabtec.com
  5. ^ "Wabtec buys rail equipment makers". Trains Magazine. July 15, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Wabtec Acquires Swiger Coil Systems, a Leading Manufacturer of Traction Motors, Electric Coils". Trading Markets. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Wabtec buys Brush Traction". Railway Gazette. February 28, 2011. Archived from the original on February 28, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Wabtec Acquires Bearward Engineering," (Press release). Wabtec. November 3, 2011. Retrieved April 11, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Wabtec Rail UK". Wabtecrail.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-25. 

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