Industrial Motors

Baldor expands production capacity


Sep 11, 2006

Baldor Electric Co., Fort Smith, Ark., recently completed its new motor manufacturing plant in Columbus, Miss. and the expansion of its Oshkosh, Wis. generator plant.

Baldor moved its Columbus plant to a new facility located a few miles from the old location. The new 350,000 sq.ft. facility is double the size of the old plant, providing additional manufacturing capacity and improved process flow. The new plant will take care of increasing customer demand for cast iron motors from 15 hp through 350 hp. The plant also produces alternators for generators made in the Oshkosh plant. The Columbus plant also will serve as a distribution center for motors manufactured in Columbus and in Fort Mill, S.C., as well as towable generators manufactured in Oshkosh and Mukwonago, Wis.

To meet the capacity needs for increasing and future sales growth, the company is more than doubling its Oshkosh generator plant by adding more than 100,000 sq.ft. to the existing facility. Products manufactured in Oshkosh range from 3 kW to 250 kW and include portable generators, home and industrial standby generators, towable generators and light towers. The expansion also will provide additional space for storage and research and development, which has previously been off site.

“We continue to manufacture in the United States,” says Randy Breaux, Baldor’s vice president of marketing. “Our people are very productive and understand that if we don’t take care of our customers, someone else will. We continue to lead the industry by building better products, offering our customers faster delivery times and superior service.”

In addition to new plant expansions, Baldor recently opened the Boreham Learning Center in Fort Smith, Ark., adjacent to its corporate offices. The center features a 115-seat auditorium supported by advanced audio-visual equipment. Customer education classes are held in this new facility, using a new training classroom and an expanded state-of-the-art training lab. Customer and employee education continues to be an important focus at Baldor. The company has 14 manufacturing locations in the USA and one plant in Bristol, England.