Fort Smith, AR-based Baldor Electric Company announces that it has completed the acquisition of Power Systems, a division of Rockwell Automation. Power Systems consisted of Dodge mechanical power transmission products and Reliance Electric motors, and is located in Greenville, SC. The acquisition positions Baldor as the largest industrial electric motor manufacturer in North America, with products ranging from 1/50hp to 15,000hp.
"This was a unique opportunity," explains John McFarland, Baldor's Chairman and CEO. "Baldor has led the industry for years with core strength in small motors, where Reliance's strength has been in larger motors. Now, both products will complement each other nicely. Adding the Dodge power transmission products will also provide customers an end-to-end solution from one supplier - Baldor." Baldor currently makes motors to 1,500hp, whereas Reliance produces motors to 15,000hp. In addition, Baldor manufactures a complete line of variable speed drives used with many of the motors produced by both Baldor and Reliance.
Combined, the companies provide almost 300 years of expertise in the motor and power transmission business.