THE ALAMO PLANT HISTORY

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THE ALAMO PLANT HISTORY
In the fall and winter of 1979-80, a special Westinghouse study team concluded its task and
recommended that a new plant be established with the following primary objectives:
June, 1980
- Westinghouse began renovation of facility formerly owned by "Duo
Therm" and "Waste King" (The building was first built in 1963 by Waste King;
and Duo Therm purchased the facility in 1968.)
- Charter included:
- Bulk and Condenser Bushings
- Air Core Reactors
- Oil Instrument Transformers
- Transformer Rectifier (TR) sets
December, 1980
- First Air Core Reactor shipped (to Georgia Power) - 76 employees
February, 1981
- First Bulk Bushing shipped
May, 1981
- First Transformer Rectifier shipped
August, 1981
- First Oil Instrument Transformer shipped
December, 1981
- First Condenser Bushing shipped
December, 1982
- Plant start-up complete, 209 employees
1983
- Transformer Rectifier Set (TR) product relocated to Canada
1984-1985
- Westinghouse Medium Power Transformer (Sharon, PA) Plant closed,
Alamo received: Transformer Control Cabinet, Inertaire System, Sudden Pressure
Relay (SPR), De-Energized Tap Changer (DeTC), and Reactance Load Tap
Changer (UVT, UTT, UTS) business
1986
- Westinghouse Trafford, PA plant closed, Alamo received Bushing Potential Device
(PBA2) and Renewal Parts business
1987
- Westinghouse acquired GE "Large Core (40MVA) Transformer &
Bushing" technology
- O Plus C Bushing designs initiated
- Westinghouse/Reinhausen Load Tap Changer (LTC) joint venture initiated
1989
- ABB and Westinghouse formed T&D joint venture
1990
- ABB purchased Westinghouse share of joint venture
- Reinhausen joint venture dissolved and Reinhausen operations were removed from
the Alamo factory.
- ABB type UZ Load Tap Changer localization began
- Air Core Reactor business sold to Trench
- First 765 kV O Plus C bushing shipped
1991
- Oil Filled Pump (VFOA) Cooler product line introduced
1992
- EEMAC Bushing (Canadian Standard) production consolidated to Alamo
1993
- Oil Forced Air (VVAM) Cooler assembly began
- Components Marketing & Sales (Nashville) consolidated into Alamo
1992
- Distribution Components Engineering (Athens) consolidated into Alamo
- Self-Directed Work Teams Implemented
1995
- Distribution Components manufacturing relocated to Alamo (from Puerto Rico)
- ILS Transformer Parts & Service Integration
- Certified to ISO 9000 Standard
1996
-ILS Physical Relocation to Alamo
-ISO 14001 Certified
1997
-VFOA & VVAM Cooler Exit
1998
-Machine Center Upgrade
-Distribution Components CSP Circuit Breaker Exit
1999
-Shipped first Type-USB On-Load Tap Changer
-Introduced and patented the Epoxy site bowl for condenser bushings
2001
-Line 1 "AB” Bushing Introduced
2003
-Line 2 Air-Oil ("AB") Bushing Introduced
-New Linear De-Energized Tap Changer (DTL) Design Introduced
2005
-Celebrated 25 year Anniversary
-Zenox Relocated from Canada to Alamo
-Gas Detector Relay (GDR) Relocated from Canada to Alamo
2007
-Redesign of Gas Detector Relay (GDR) for more robust calibration stability
2008, 2009 and 2010
-Award from ABB NAM Front End Sales for Best Customer Service
2009
-Market introduction of EHV condenser bushings O Plus C II up to 550 kV
2010
-Distribution Components manufacturing relocated to SLP, Mexico
-Recertified EHV condenser bushings to the latest standard of Seismic Withstand
according to IEEE 693
-Celebrates 30 year Anniversary
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