Westinghouse Tampa Division

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Title

Westinghouse Tampa Division

Alternative Title

Westinghouse Tampa Division

Subject

Tampa (Fla.)
Westinghouse Electric Corporation

Description

Westinghouse Electric's nuclear steam generator and pressurizer factory located at 6501 South West Shore Boulevard in Tampa, Florida. The product lines of nuclear steam generators and pressurizers were moved to Tampa from the Power Generation Heat Transfer Division and manufacturing plant in Lester, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. The Westinghouse Tampa Division, which went operational in 1968, was located on a 42-acre swampy piece of land on Tampa Bay, in an area then known as Rattlesnake Flats.

The Tampa manufacturing facility was somewhat of an economic boom to the area. At the time of the announcement made by John T. Steifel, General Manager of the Westinghouse Heat Transfer Division, in May 1967, it was expected to have a $5,000,000 annual payroll. The workforce consisted of personnel who moved to Tampa from the Lester plant, but was primarily staffed with hires from the local area. The plant employed hundreds of people, consisting of design engineers, information technology (IT) personnel, manufacturing engineers, fabricators, welders, quality assurance engineers, inspectors, and members of many other disciplines. The clean, "smokeless," $25-million plant consisted of nearly 300,000 square feet (which was nearly doubled after an expansion) of high technology, automated, heavy manufacturing, testing, and inspection equipment, as well as a steam generation test facility.

During its operation, the plant manufactured and shipped major nuclear plant components to many U.S. and international power plants. The products manufactured at this Tampa-based plant provide people with electricity throughout the United States and in Japan, Spain, Switzerland, France, South Korea, and other countries around the world. In those early days in the nuclear power generation industry, before the creation of a dedicated a Nuclear Service Division, much of the service work on the nuclear components was done by the personal at the manufacturing plants going to the field.

Due to the nuclear plant accidents at Three Mile Island in 1979 and at Chernobyl in 1986, as well as the increasing costs due to lawsuits aimed at shutting down the nuclear power business, many nuclear plant orders dried up and the Westinghouse Tampa plant was closed as a manufacturing facility in the early 1980s. More than a few of the engineering and other professional personnel relocated to the Westinghouse Power Generation Business Unit in Orlando.

For a few years after the plant closure, George Steinbrenner’s (1930-2010) American Ship Building Company leased the manufacturing facility for the modification and fabrication of large ocean going vessels. Also during that time, the Westinghouse Southeastern Nuclear Technology Center's engineering office, managed by Pete DeRosa, was located at the facility. It provided analytic support to Westinghouse nuclear plants under construction. Today, where the Tampa plant once stood on Tampa Bay are now townhouses and a high-rise condominium.

Source

Original 5 x 7 inch color photograph, 1968: Private Collection of Pete DeRosa.

Date Created

1968

Contributor

DeRosa, Pete

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of original 5 x 7 inch color photograph, 1968.

Is Part Of

Westinghouse Electric Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

223 KB

Medium

5 x 7 inch color photograph

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Westinghouse Tampa Division, Tampa, Florida

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Economics Teacher
Geography Teacher

Provenance

Originally owned by Pete DeRosa.

Rights Holder

This resource is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Curator

DeRosa, Pete
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Pete DeRosa

External Reference

"History." Westinghouse Nuclear. http://www.westinghousenuclear.com/About/History.
"Westinghouse Power Generation Booklet." RICHES of Central Florida. https://richesmi.cah.ucf.edu/omeka2/items/show/6422.

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

1 color photograph

Physical Dimensions

5 x 7 inches

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