About Us


Bob Barber and Ken Nichols

Ken and Bob, two brave, if not naïve men, had a dream about working for themselves, doing things that could have a real impact on the world, and having a lot of fun in the process in Colorado. They founded BN as a turbomachinery engineering company in 1966. Early on they saw the need to broaden the company’s capabilities to include manufacturing and testing their innovative designs. Recently, BN has grown rapidly from programs that involve complex production and system integration. We are located in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

Graham Corporation strategically acquires Barber-Nichols

Graham Corporation is a micro-cap public company located in Batavia, NY, USA that designs and builds vacuum and heat transfer equipment for the process and energy industries worldwide.  It also supplies surface condensers, ejector systems and specialty heat exchangers to the U.S. Navy. Dan Thoren, previous President/CEO of BN, is now President/CEO of Graham.

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Barber-Nichols Set World Speed Record

On August 19, 1985, Bob Barber set the land speed record for a steam-powered car. The vehicle was designed and built at Barber-Nichols and traveled at 234.33 km/h (145.607 mph). The vehicle is currently displayed in the National Automobile Museum in Reno, NV.

We Are Growing

BN continues to experience rapid growth in current business industries including undersea power & propulsion systems, thermal management systems, space-based applications, and advanced power generation & energy storage. In an effort to facilitate this unprecedented expansion, the company acquired property adjacent to the current campus. Construction was completed in early 2021 and the new facility improves manufacturing efficiency by consolidating BN’s machining, quality control, and manufacturing support operations. Barber-Nichols continues to seek and hire qualified machinists, technicians, and engineers from the Denver metro area.

50 Years of Excellence

Want to know more about how Barber-Nichols got started and what we’ve done to get here? Check out our 50-year anniversary video. It’s a fun way to get a glimpse of BN’s history.

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