Decades of
Transformer
Experience

For 95 years Niagara Transformer has delivered an unparalleled combination of industry experience, design expertise, and manufacturing excellence.

As we’ve grown and evolved, we’ve risen to meet the challenges of an international marketplace by serving more than 80 countries.

As we approach our second century, we do so with a spirit of innovation and unwavering dedication to our customers.

Historic photo of Niagara Transformer engineers in Buffalo, NY

Our History

In 1933, Niagara Transformer designed and manufactured our first new industrial grade transformer.

Since then we have created transformers that meet our clients’ demands for high quality, engineering flexibility, and optimum performance. Discover the history of our company.

1924

Our original company, Erie Electric Corp., was founded by John H. Darby, with a borrowed $300 in capital.

Transformer Assembly in the 1920s

1933

Designed and manufactured our first new Niagara industrial grade transformer.

Experienced History in Power Industry

1943

Designed and manufactured our first new Niagara utility grade transformer.

Power Transformer History

1957

Strong growth in our company requires expansion of our facilities to a total of 10 buildings.

Niagara Transformer Commercial Transformers

1973

Partnered on highly engineered transformers for Westinghouse Electric Corporation’s portfolio.

Substation Transformers | Superior Winding Capabilities

1977

Expanded into disc winding and on-load tap changing capabilities to support growing utility substation market.

1979

Fred W. Darby becomes second generation company president.

1979

Performed first successful short circuit test.

1984

Became the leading rectifier duty transformer manufacturer in North America.

Long Lasting Dependable Commercial Transformers

1990

Shipped 70 sealed dry type transformers to Antarctica suitable for -70 degree ambient temperatures.

1999

Completed our 75,000th transformer.

2000

John F. Darby becomes third generation company president.

2005

Shipped to our 80th international country.

Transformer in Dump Truck

2013

Opened our new $25 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Buffalo, New York.

Niagara Transformer Facility

2015

Expanded voltage capacity, entering the 115 kV, 550 kV BIL voltage class.

2017

Opened our $5 million LEAN kitting facility.

2018

Expanded voltage capacity, entering the 138 kV, 650 kV BIL voltage class.

Transformer on Rig

2019

Opened our new $4 million advanced engineering, research, and development center in Buffalo, New York.

Niagara Transformer Facility Side