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Baldor Electric Overview

Website www.baldor.com
Headquarters Fort Smith, AR
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1920
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Baldor Electric Company is a leading marketer, designer and manufacturer of energy-saving industrial electric motors, adjustable speed drives, and mechanical power transmission products. The company was founded on the premise that a better motor is one that uses less ... More

Mission: Our mission is to be the best (as determined by our customers) marketers, designers and manufacturers of industrial electric motors, drives and mechanical power transmission products.

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    Spotlight: In Pursuit of Excellence

    September/October 2015 Issue The Arkansas Governor's Quality Award allows companies to identify strengths and learn about new growth opportunities. The 2015 recipients will be announced Sept. 15. Photography courtesy of Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce and Baldor Electric co. Top Photo: Leaders in Excellence - Baldor Electric Co.

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    SLC 2015: A Plant Tour of Baldor Electric Reveals Reasons for Outstanding Safety Record

    A tour of the Baldor Electric in Belton, S.C., revealed a facility that cares about quality in terms of products, employee and contractor safety and stewardship of the facility. I always know I’m in a facility where people care when I don’t see spills on the floor, trash piled up near waste collection areas and paint that looks like it has not been touched up for years.

Baldor Electric – Why Work For Us?



A note from CEO Ron Tucker



I have grown up in the Baldor family after joining the company nearly 30 years ago.  During that time many things have changed including our size, footprint and product mix.  But one thing that hasn’t changed is a culture that is truly unique and special.  

At Baldor, our first job is to take care of our customers.  We want to be easy to do business with, and add more value for our customers than any other supplier.  But another important part of each person’s job at Baldor is to live the Baldor culture and be a teacher and protector of it.  We define culture as “the way we do things around here”, and it is based on customer focus, mutual trust, respect, integrity and teamwork. 

I’m proud of the Baldor team, and I’m proud of the way we do things.  By working together, we can take care of our customers better than anyone else in the business and create a successful future for the whole team.  

Thank you for coming to our page to learn more about Baldor and how your customer focus can benefit our culture, our team and our customers.


Ron Tucker

Chief Executive Officer and President





Baldor Electric Company is a leading marketer, designer and manufacturer of energy-saving industrial electric motors, mechanical power transmission products, and adjustable speed drives. The company was founded on the premise that a better motor is one that uses less electricity, a belief that stands true today.

Industrial motor products range from fractional to 100,000 horsepower and include AC, DC, gear, linear and servo motors from Baldor-Reliance® and ABB, and mechanical power transmission products include mounted bearings, enclosed gearing, and power transmission components from Baldor-Dodge® as well as bushings and sheaves from Baldor-Maska®.

Baldor serves over 10,000 industrial customers globally, with half of sales to original equipment manufacturers and half to distributors for replacement purposes. These customers operate in a variety of process industries including chemical, oil and gas, food and beverage, pulp and paper, aggregate and cement, mining, paper and packaging, agriculture and water/wastewater. 


From our home office in Fort Smith, Arkansas, we support the sales offices/warehouses that stock Baldor products worldwide, selling to distributors and original equipment manufacturers in more than 70 countries. Baldor products are available from 50 sales offices/warehouses inNorth America and 26 offices serving international markets.These products are produced at 26 plantsin the US, Canada, England,Mexico and China.

The company was founded in 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, and has been based in Fort Smith, Arkansas since 1967. On January 27, 2011, the company was acquired by ABB Ltd of Zurich, Switzerland. ABB is a public company and trades as ABB on the New York Stock Exchange

Products Overview

Baldor is the largest motor and mechanical power transmission company in North America, and our products have exceptionally strong brand recognition for quality and value with our customers. In January 2011 Baldor was acquired by ABB and is now a proud member of the ABB group.

Industrial Electrical Motors and Drives

Baldor is pleased to offer the broadest range of industrial AC and DC electric motors to value-minded customers. Baldor-Reliance® motors range from 1/50th through 15,000 horsepower, and we sell and support the entire line of ABB IEC motors and medium voltage motors up to 100,000 horsepower. Our Super-E® motors are optimized for efficiency, ensuring the lowest operating costs for the customer. We also offer broad lines of brake-motors, explosion-proof, C-face, pump-motors and gear-motors to provide solutions for any purpose or environment. Baldor can offer custom motors to meet specific requirements. Custom motors are manufactured to the shortest lead times in the industry.

The variety of Baldor and ABB industrial adjustable speed drives range includes AC inverters and vector controls, DC SCR controls, servos and positioning products. Customers can now create packaged solutions of Baldor and ABB industrial motors and drives for most industrial applications.

Mounted Bearings, Enclosed Gearing and Mechanical Power Transmission Components


Baldor is a leading producer of mechanical power transmission products including Baldor-Dodge®engineered mounted bearings, enclosed gear products, and power transmission components, including couplings, sheaves, bushings and pulleys. These reliable and durable mechanical products, many of which have become the industry standard, are designed to perform successfully in the most rugged environments and with the lowest total cost of ownership over the lifetime of the product.

Baldor also offers the complete line Baldor-Maska®pulleys, couplings, bushings, hubs, synchronous drives and belts.

Baldor has been in business for over 90 years.  Over this long period, we have built a culture that is truly unique and special.  We are proud of our culture and we are proud of the way we do things.  By working together, we can take care of our customers better than anyone else in our business and ensure a successful future for Baldor.   We use our Mission Statement and Value Statement below to guide us in this endeavor.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the best (as determined by our customers) marketers, designers and manufacturers of industrial electric motors, drives and mechanical power transmission products.

Taking care of customers safely.

Value Statement

Baldor Electric Company Value Formula

Many years ago customers told us there are four areas (quality, service, cost and time) that contribute equally to their perception of Value. Value is the worth a customer puts on a product or service we offer, and it's what he's willing to pay for. It's a formula each employee is trained on, and it's incorporated into everything we do.

We want to increase Quality and Service in order to raise perceived Value in the customers' mind. Customers perceive quality based on products that meet or exceed specific requirements. Perceived service is about how well we take care of customers - our availability, our accuracy and our responsiveness. 

We want to decrease Cost and Time in order to also raise the perceived Value. The true cost of a product goes far beyond its purchase price. Total cost of ownership is measurable and includes not only the purchase price but also operational, downtime and repair costs over the life of the product. Time is also measurable. It's important to always have a sense of urgency when dealing with a customer whether manufacturing a product, making a shipment, returning a call or delivering information.

Baldor Electric Company, founded in 1920 in St. Louis, Missouri, has a long rich history dating back to 1878.  Through the evolution of our products and our company, we’ve been focused on the customer for more than 136 years!

1878       Wallace Dodge manufactures Studebaker wagon jacks in Mishawaka, Indiana


1880       Dodge Manufacturing Company founded by Wallace Dodge



1881       Wallace Dodge patents the original Wood Split Pulley



1904       John Lincoln and Peter Hitchcock form Lincoln Electric Manufacturing Co. in Cleveland, Ohio


1905       Lincoln Electric introduces the first adjustable-speed direct current motor



1909       Lincoln Electric Manufacturing Co. name changes to Reliance Electric & Engineering Co.


1920       Baldor Electric Company is formed in St. Louis, Missouri by Edwin Ballman and Emil Doerr

to build a better motor which is one that uses less electricity




1943     Dodge Manufacturing Company introduces the Type-E bearing to the industry


1949     The TorqueArm gear reducer is introduced by Dodge Manufacturing Company


1956       Baldor moves AC motor production to Fort Smith, Arkansas


1957       Baldor introduces the employee Profit Sharing Plan


1961       Baldor’s corporate offices move to Fort Smith


1967       The Fort Smith motor plant moves to its current on the Fort Smith campus


1967       Reliance Electric acquires Dodge Manufacturing Co.


1976       Baldor becomes a public company, selling 338,00 shares on the American Stock Exchange

for $12 per share


1976       Baldor is recognized by the Federal Energy Administration for design and manufacture of

high efficiency motors


1978       Baldor produces its 1,000,000th motor


1980       Baldor’s management team creates the company’s Mission Statement


1980       R.S. Boreham, Jr. introduces the Value Formula


1983       The Super-E© Premium Efficiency Motor Line is introduced


1986       Baldor introduces the Flex Flow Manufacturing process in its plants


1994       Reliance Electric becomes part of Rockwell Automation


1997       Baldor is named one of the Best 100 Companies to Work for in America by Fortune Magazine


1998       Baldor is named one of the Best 100 Companies to Work for in America by Fortune Magazine


2000       The Baldor Technology Center opens on the campus of University of Arkansas at Fort Smith


2001       Baldor is named one of America’s Top 100 Companies for Training


2007       Baldor adds Power Systems from Rockwell Automation, including Reliance Electric and Dodge


2010       Baldor Electric Company Foundation is established to grant scholarships to employees’ children, gifting over $800,000 to more than 300 children in the first 5 years


2010       Baldor annual revenue is approximately $2.0 billion, and the company produces nearly 3,000,000 motors per year


2011       Baldor becomes a member of the ABB group


2013       Baldor’s Belton, South Carolina plant achieves 16 years without a lost time accident


2014       Baldor’s St. Louis plant named a Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post Dispatch


2014       Fort Smith motor plant achieves 10,000,000 hours without a lost time accident

Baldor is a firm believer in the value of continuing education and development for all of our employees.  We offer a number of opportunities for employees and their families as well as our customers.


Onsite Employee Development

We offer onsite training with a number of courses in employee development and leadership.  With career planning and leadership training, we can better ensure our employees are successful when they take the next step.

We also work with local colleges and universities to produce technical training that suits the needs of our employees and our manufacturing processes.


Customer Training


  • Not only do we provide education for our employees, we also provide product courses for our customers and sales forces.  We want those who use and sell our products to understand how they work, how to apply them and how they compare to other products in the marketplace.
  • These courses are offered in our offices and locally at customer sites


Educational Assistance Programs

  • Our educational assistance program provides employees with the opportunity to further their education and makes them available for further career growth
  • If an employee is willing to commit their time to become a more educated member of our team, then Baldor believes in supporting that effort financially.                         



Scholarships for children of employees

  • Baldor is also investing in the future of our families.
  • The Baldor Foundation grants competitive scholarships to children of employees who are attending accredited college or vocational schools.
  • Since 2010, the Foundation has awarded 316 scholarships for $818,500 to families across more than 20 US locations.


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    Excellent Benefits! Excellent growth potential (if educated)l! Excellent company to start a career with!


    2nd shift hours could be adjusted! Takes a long time to get 1st shift, and to get hired permanent. Constantly working overtime, and no time to pursue higher education to better yourself!

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    Listen to your lower level employees! Give current personnel an opportunity to move up, and grow within the organization.

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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Baldor Electric (Greenville, SC) in August 2015.


    Was Awesome, very informative, HR Manager is Awesome Supervisors are Awesome. Should me the Machining side and the Assembly side. The equipment is fairly new and still buying new and getting rid of the old.

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    • Are you looking for a place that really care about there people and good Quality.   1 Answer

Baldor Electric Awards & Accolades

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  • Readers’ Choice Award: Electric Motors category, Control Magazine, 2015
  • Readers’ Choice Award, Control Design Magazine, 2015
  • Arkansas Governor's Quality Award for Performance Excellence, Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence, 2014
  • Readers’ Choice Award: Industrial Electric Motor category, Control Design Magazine, 2014
  • Chairman's Award, United Way of Fort Smith Area, 2014
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