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We officially launched our new site on March 8, 2015.  There are many new features and we trust you’ll like the new site once you have a chance to explore all it can offer you.

While we hope our old sites served you well, unfortunately they are showing their age and we will be retiring them soon.  However, if you’re in a super big hurry and don’t have time to learn the new site, you can get to the old sites below for a limited time.

Old Sites
 www.baldor.com www.dodgept.com
 www.reliance.com www.dodge-reliance.com

Our Legacy

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

Wallace Dodge

  • 1881 - Wallace Dodge patents the original Wood Split Pulley

Dodge Advertisement - Every Pulley A 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

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

Baldor Advertisement - Baldor Better Motors

Baldor St. Louis Employees - 1924

Baldor St. Louis - The Early Years

  • 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 location on the Fort Smith campus
  • 1967 - Reliance Electric acquires Dodge Manufacturing Co.
  • 1976 - Baldor becomes a public company, selling 338,000 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