Barber-Nichols, Inc.

Barber-Nichols, Inc.

Barber-Nichols Inc. (BNI) specializes in the design and production of turbomachinery for aerospace, cryogenic, defense, energy, and a variety of commercial applications.

Barber-Nichols Inc. (BNI) is located in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver. It was founded in 1966 by Bob Barber and Ken Nichols. BNI specializes in the design and production of turbomachinery; products include compressors, fans, pumps, turbines, generators, motors, and controllers for aerospace, cryogenic, defense, and energy applications. In addition to specialty hardware, BNI also provides engineering consulting and contract manufacturing.

Since its inception, Barber-Nichols has been combining innovation with technical expertise to solve problems in a growing array of diverse markets. BNI's first project was the testing of a low-speed, two-stage steam turbine for the U.S. Navy's Applied Research Laboratory. To this day, Turbine Development continues to be a Barber-Nichols specialty. Next, BNI designed and built an extremely quiet, 10 kW portable power generation system for the U.S. Army. This power system was based on the Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC), and would become a cornerstone technology at Barber-Nichols. It is still used to harness industrial waste heat and turn it into electrical power.

Recently, Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, awarded Barber‐Nichols Inc. a multi‐year contract to produce MK 21 air turbine pumps for the Virginia-class submarine program. The contract is for twenty air turbine pumps delivered over a five-year period starting in 2015. The award was based in part on BNI’s excellent past performance producing the air turbine assembly. The new award increases BNI’s scope of work significantly and puts the company into a major equipment integrator role with significant procurement responsibility from its supply chain in addition to sophisticated assembly and test requirements for full assembly.

Social Impact

Each year the company donates to a variety of community causes such as Jeffco Action Center, Arvada food bank, and the Denver Rescue Mission. BNI also sponsors a scholarship with Red Rocks Community College, Colorado State University, or Colorado University.

Top Products

  • compressors, fans, heat engines
  • alternators, generators, motors, pumps,
  • turbines for aerospace, cryogenic, defense, energy
  • other commercial/industrial applications