BWI Eagle was established in March 1988 in Butler, Pa. by several individuals having manufacturing and marketing experience with electronic devices used primarily on conveyors in the coal mining industry. A corporation was formed to capitalize upon newly available technology the founders believed could be used to develop an improved conveyor-belt speed switch that would increase safety and productivity in coal mines. The speed switches utilized a non-contacting sensor that “watched“ conveyors like an eagle, and so the devices were branded Eagle Conveyor Belt Speed Switches.
In order to get the Company up and running quickly, the founders entered into a partnership with another Butler-based company, Butler Winding, Inc., a manufacturer of transformers. In exchange for providing working capital and other resources for the fledgling Eagle upstart, Butler Winding Inc. (BWI) acquired partial ownership in Eagle, hence the name became BWI Eagle.
Both companies prospered and grew, but after several years of sharing the same facility it became evident that each company needed more space, which just wasn’t available on that site. In July 1992, BWI Eagle moved to US Highway 422 just outside the City of Butler. Shortly afterwards, BWI Eagle bought Butler Winding’s ownership, but decided not to change the name which, by then, had become highly recognized and respected throughout the mining industry.
With the development of our spread spectrum Wireless Industrial Remote Controls in 1994, the market for BWI Eagle products expanded from coal mining into much wider industrial markets. BWI Eagle products are now used in the aggregate, airport, automation, automotive, construction, forestry, grain handling, military testing, power plant, recycling, sand & gravel, ship loading, steel, transportation & waste management industries to name a few!
Continual growth in the company led us to our current facility, located in an industrial park on Bonnie Drive in Butler. This beautiful 10,000 square foot building has allowed us to increase our employee base thus providing greater productivity. With more space available for the future, we can continue to grow as needed. Currently BWI Eagle employs 13 people. We are proud to say that most of our valued employees have been with us since the company’s conception, and our newest additions are committed to a long career with BWI Eagle.
Our long term goals include the continual development of wireless industrial controls, expanding our markets through advertising and word of mouth, working closely with our existing customers and welcoming new!