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Emerson Electric
Public (NYSEEMR)
S&P 500 Component
Industry Electrical equipment
Predecessor Emerson Electric Manufacturing Co.
Founded 1890; 126 years ago (1890)
Founder John W. Emerson
Headquarters Ferguson, Missouri, U.S.
Area served
Key people
David N. Farr (Chairman & CEO)
Products Process control systems
Climate technologies
Power technologies
Industrial automation
Electric motors
Storage systems
Network power
Professional tools
Revenue Decrease $24.537 billion (2014)
Increase $3.348 billion (2014)
Total assets Increase $24.177 billion (2014)
Total equity Increase $10.119 billion (2014)
Number of employees
132000 (2014)
Divisions List of business platforms
Slogan Consider it solved.
Website Emerson.com

The Emerson Electric Company (NYSEEMR) is an American multinational corporation headquartered in Ferguson, Missouri, United States.[1][2][3] This Fortune 500 company manufactures products and provides engineering services for a wide range of industrial, commercial, and consumer markets.[4][5] Emerson has approximately 115,000 employees and 220 manufacturing locations worldwide.[6]


Emerson was established in 1890 in St. Louis, Missouri as Emerson Electric Manufacturing Co. by Civil War Union veteran John Wesley Emerson to manufacture electric motors using a patent owned by the Scottish-born brothers Charles and Alexander Meston. In 1892, 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.

Emerson Electric News Flashes, WWII

During World War II, under the leadership of Stuart Symington, Emerson became the world's largest manufacturer of airplane armament. Emerson ranked 52nd among United States corporations in the value of World War II military production contracts.[7] Symington went on to become the first United States Secretary of the Air Force from 1947-1950, a Democratic U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1953-1976, and a candidate for the Presidency of the United States in 1960.

In 1954, W.R. "Buck" Persons 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 international growth.

David Farr has served as CEO since 2000 and as chairman since 2004.

On December 15, 1999, Emerson Electric Co, moving to boost its growth prospects, agreed to acquire Jordan Industries Inc's telecommunications equipment business for $440 million.[8]

On July 26, 2011, Emerson announced it would locate its Latin America headquarters in Sunrise, Florida.[9]

Corporate governance[edit]

The company's leaders since the mid-20th century have been, respectively, W. R. Persons (1954-1973; President), Charles Knight (1973-2000, CEO), and David Farr (2000 forward, CEO).

The company's chairmen of the board have been, respectively, Charles Knight (1974-2004) and David Farr (2004 forward).

As of 2014, the role of chief marketing officer was held by Kathy Button Bell.[10]

Business platforms[edit]

Emerson is structured into 5 business platforms:

Environmental records[edit]

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts (MA) 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.[11]

Corporate relationships[edit]

Emerson's brands acquisitions[edit]

On December 22, 2014 Emerson announced the acquisition of Scotland-based Cascade Technologies Ltd., expanding their gas-analysis portfolio with laser-based measurement analyzers and systems for enhanced industrial emissions monitoring, production efficiencies and regulatory compliance.[12] Other main Emerson acquisitions and brands include:

  • Advanced Protection Technologies
  • AMS Suite
  • Aperture
  • APM Automation Solutions
  • Appleton Group (formerly EGS Electrical Group)
  • Artesyn
  • ASCO International
  • ASCO Numatics
  • Astec
  • Avocent
  • Avtron Loadbank
  • Bettis
  • Branson
  • Bristol Babcock
  • Cascade Technologies Ltd
  • Chloride
  • ClosetMaid
  • Control Products
  • Control Techniques
  • Copeland
  • CSI Technologies
  • Daniel
  • DeltaV
  • Dixell
  • Enardo LLC
  • Energy Systems
  • Firetrol
  • Fisher Regulators
  • Fisher Valves & Instruments
  • Fusite
  • Groveley Detection Ltd
  • InSinkErator
  • Intelligent Store
  • Islatrol
  • Knurr
  • Leroy-Somer
  • Liebert
  • Metro (InterMetro Industries)
  • Micro Motion
  • Mobrey
  • Ovation
  • Paine Electronics
  • PlantWeb
  • Power Transmission Solutions
  • ProTeam
  • RIDGID (Ridge Tool Company)
  • Rosemount
  • Rosemount Analytical
  • Roxar
  • Saab Marine Electronics
  • SSB Wind Systems
  • Surge Protection
  • Syncade
  • TopWorx
  • Tescom
  • Therm-O-Disc
  • Vilter
  • White-Rodgers

NBC Heroes lawsuit[edit]

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 Heroes. The scene depicted Claire Bennet reaching into 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 one."

Emerson 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 Sci Fi. 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 at the time of the show's airing.

On February 23, 2007, the case against NBC was dropped. NBC Universal and Emerson Electric reached an agreement to settle the lawsuit outside of court.[13]


  1. ^ "Contact Us". Emerson Electric Company. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
  2. ^ Edwards, Greg. "$60 million in data centers coming online at Emerson". St. Louis Business Journal. August 29, 2008. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
  3. ^ "Ferguson city, Missouri". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved August 18, 2009.
  4. ^ "David Farr"
  5. ^ "Edward L. Monser"
  6. ^ [1] Archived July 4, 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Peck, Merton J. & Scherer, Frederic M. The Weapons Acquisition Process: An Economic Analysis (1962) Harvard Business School p.619
  8. ^ "Emerson Electric Moves to Expand in Telecom Gear". 
  9. ^ "Emerson jobs: 21 to start, 75 by 2015". Sun Sentinel
  10. ^ Carson, Erin (25 July 2014). "Kathy Button Bell: CMO. Moment Marketer. Big Picture Person. Athlete.". TechRepublic. 
  11. ^ PERI: Home
  12. ^ http://www2.emersonprocess.com/en-US/news/pr/Pages/1412-Cascade.aspx
  13. ^ Goetzl, David (2007-02-23). "Emerson Drops Product Placement Case Against NBC". MediaDailyNews. Retrieved 2007-02-23. 

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