Emerson Electric Company ( )
is a major multinational
corporation headquartered in Ferguson, Missouri, United States.
This Fortune 500
company provides engineering services for a wide range of
industrial, commercial, and consumer markets.
one of the largest conglomerate
companies in the United States.
As of 2008, it has a workforce of
approximately 140,000 employees worldwide, with a global presence
spanning 150 countries.
Emerson was established in 1890 as Emerson Electric
by Civil War Union veteran John Wesley Emerson
using a patent owned
by the Scottish-born brothers Charles and Alexander Meston
it became the first to sell electric fans
in the United States. It quickly
expanded its product line to include electric sewing machines
, electric dental drills
, and power tools
During World War II under the leadership of Stuart Symington
, it became the world's
largest manufacturer of airplane armament. In 1947-1950 Symington
became the first Secretary of
the Air Force
, and a Democratic U.S. Senator from Missouri in
In 1954 W.R. "Buck"
was named company president. Under his leadership,
Emerson diversified its business portfolio by acquiring 36
companies. When he retired in 1973, the company had 82 plants,
31,000 employees and $800 million in sales.
Charles F. Knight
served as CEO from 1973 to 2000,
and was chairman from 1974 to 2004. His tenure was marked by
development of a rigorous planning process, new product and
technology development, acquisitions and joint ventures, and
David N. Farr
has served as CEO since 2000 and as chairman since 2004.
On January 30 2008, top executives from Emerson had meetings with
the Costa Rican President and government authorities to open an
operation for Latin America based in Costa Rica. They are planning
to hire more than 500 engineers in a period of 4 years.
Emerson products, solutions and services go to market under eight
- Emerson Process Management
- Emerson Network Power
- Emerson Climate Technologies
- Emerson Industrial Automation
- Emerson Appliance Solutions
- Emerson Storage Solutions
- Emerson Professional Tools
- Emerson Motor Technologies
- Emerson is the largest publicly traded company (by revenue)
headquartered in Missouri.
- Emerson is ranked No. 94 on the Fortune 500 list of America's largest
corporations, as ranked by revenues.
- Emerson is ranked No. 350 on FORTUNE's Global 500 list of the world's largest
companies, as ranked by revenues.
- Emerson was awarded a record 655 patents worldwide in
- Emerson is ranked No. 117 on the Information Week magazine's
annual listing of the most innovative users of information
technology in the United States (September 2008).
- Emerson has 255 manufacturing locations, of which approximately
165 are located outside the United States.
- Emerson was No. 15 on the Electronic Design magazine's ranking
of the top 100 employers of electronic designers that have the most
influence on today's engineering careers (June 2008).
- Emerson is ranked No. 2 in Electronics Industry of FORTUNE's
World's Most Admired Companies 2009.
- Emerson is ranked No. 246 in Forbes World's Biggest Companies
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have
identified Emerson as the 97th largest corporate producer of air
pollution in the United States, down from its previous rank of
56th. Major pollutants indicated by the study include nickel
compounds, manganese, diisocyanate, and lead.
28 September 2007 - It was announced that Emerson will acquire
’s Embedded Communications
Computing (ECC) business for US$ 350 million, expected to be
completed by the end of 2007.Other acquisitions by Emerson include:
North American distributors
- LAURENTIDE Controls - Kirkland,
- NORPAC Controls - Burnaby, British
- Spartan Controls - Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, Grande
Prairie, and Lloydminster, Alberta.
Regina and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Fort St. John, British
Territories and Nunavut, Canada
- Lakeside Process Controls - Mississauga, Ontario,
- Vinson Process Controls - Lewisville, Texas
Pacific, Inc. - Bothell, Washington, Anchorage, Alaska, Vancouver, Washington, Sandy,
- Caltrol - Las Vegas, Nevada
- Applied Control Equipment - Centennial,
- Puffer-Sweiven - Stafford, Texas
- Experitec - Chesterfield, Missouri, Decatur, Illinois, Woodward, Oklahoma, Lenexa,
Stover Company -
Co., Inc. - New Orleans, Louisiana, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana, Lake Charles, Louisiana, Monroe, Louisiana, Mobile,
- Scallon Controls, Inc. - Beaumont, Texas
NBC Heroes lawsuit
On October 2, 2006, Emerson, the company that makes the popular
InSinkErator garbage disposals
, filed suit in federal
court against NBC
regarding a scene that
appeared in the pilot episode of the network's TV series
. The scene
depicted Claire Bennet
an active garbage disposal to retrieve a ring, and severely
injuring her hand in the process. Emerson's suit claims the scene
"casts the disposer in an unsavory light, irreparably tarnishing
the product" by suggesting that serious injuries will result "in
the event consumers were to accidentally insert their hand into
asked for a ruling barring future broadcasts of the pilot, which is
available on NBC's website and has already aired on NBC
Universal-owned cable networks USA and
It also sought to block NBC
from using any Emerson trademarks in the future. Emerson is an
appliance market competitor with General Electric
, the owner of NBC.
On February 23
, the case against NBC was dropped. NBC Universal
and Emerson Electric reached an agreement to settle the lawsuit
outside of court.
- " Contact Us." Emerson Electric Company. Retrieved on
August 18, 2009.
- Edwards, Greg. " $60 million in data centers coming online at
Emerson." St. Louis Business Journal.
Friday August 29, 2008. Retrieved on August 18, 2009.
- " Ferguson city, Missouri." U.S. Census
Bureau. Retrieved on August 18, 2009.
- Emerson to Acquire Motorola’s Embedded
Communications Computing Business