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Brand Spotlight: Baldor Electric

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For nearly 100 years, Baldor Electric produced mechanical transmissions for Dodge and electric motors for the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, or NEMA. The company also produced a Baldor industrial motor called Baldor Reliance. The company is historically a leading manufacturer of enclosed gearing and mounted bearings. Baldor Electric distributed products mainly to distributors and original equipment manufacturers. Baldor electric motors, along with the company’s other products, earned a reputation over time for durability and efficiency. As of 2018, the company merged with its parent company called ABB Motors.


Company History


Baldor Electric was established in 1920. It was founded by two men named Emil Doerr and Edwin Ballman. The company’s name was selected as a combination of their names. Baldor operated independently for many years. In 2007, it acquired several brands, which were Reliance Electric and Dodge. The two companies, which are both owned by Rockwell Automation, were acquired for $1.8 billion. The acquisition was successful. It nearly doubled the company’s size and bottom line by increasing its revenue from $800 million to $1.8 billion each year. In 2011, just several years later, Baldor Electric was acquired by a Swiss-based company called ABB Ltd. The acquisition totaled $4.2 billion. Although it no longer operated independently, the company was still recognized as (and made products as) Baldor Electric Company. By 2018, however, its name was merged into the parent title of “ABB Brand.”


New Beginnings


Although Baldor Electric was officially acquired by ABB Motors on March 1, 2018, ABB still sells Baldor Reliance products. It also markets and distributes Baldor motors and industrial electric motors under the ABB brand name. ABB Motors was launched in St. Louis, Missouri. However, it currently has headquarters in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It currently has 15 manufacturing facilities located across eight states. ABB’s products are offered in two configurations, which are NEMA and IEC. They range in power and performance capacity from fractional to over 100,000 HP.


Product Line


The ABB line covers a variety of products. This includes:


  • Motors
  • Drives
  • Mounted bearings
  • Conveyor components
  • Mechanical drive components
  • Couplings
  • Enclosed gearing



Within these categories, you’ll find even more specific products. The line of Baldor electric motors, for instance, includes regular-sized and large AC motors and DC motors. The product line also features Servo motors, grinders, lathes, buffers, and gear motors. The drives line includes DC and BC drives. The mounted bearings category includes mounted ball bearings, plain bearings, mounted tapered roller bearings, and mounted spherical roller bearings. The conveyor component lineup breaks down into bushings and bearings. Belts, bushings, sprockets, sheaves, synchronous sprockets, and accessories form ABB’s mechanical drive components collection. Its couplings product line includes elastomeric couplings, metallic couplings, and mechanical soft starts. Finally, the closed gearing line includes products branded as Baldor-Reliance and Dodge.


Industries Served


Along with having a diverse product line, ABB Motors serves many different industries with its wide range of products. From Baldor generators to industrial electric motors, Baldor motors and related products are used in many fields. Farming and agriculture, aggregate, food and beverage, mining, wastewater treatment and transportation, and general manufacturing are some of the industries that use the brand’s products. ABB’s products are ideal for a variety of applications including air handling, pumping, and unit handling. They are hardy and rugged by nature, which makes them suitable for adverse environmental conditions.


Founded in 1920, Baldor Electric has grown considerably in size and production capabilities over time. Although it was acquired by ABB Motors in 2018, the company is still a recognized leader for its durable, innovative, and versatile products. From Baldor generators to the Baldor industrial motor, consumers can still use the company’s products today in a variety of manufacturing and industrial applications.

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