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 BNI 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, BNI has grown rapidly from programs that involve complex production and system integration. We are located in Arvada, Colorado, a suburb of Denver.

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 Expanding

BNI 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 has acquired property adjacent to the current campus. Construction is scheduled for completion in early 2021 and the new facility will improve manufacturing efficiency by consolidating BNI’s machining, quality control, and manufacturing support operations. Barber-Nichols is planning to hire more than twenty new full-time employees in 2020 and continues to seek 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 BNI’s history.

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