In case anyone is interested in a buyout update - considering I have nothing else of interest to report - here's what I've learned so far:
It turns out Emerson is a pretty darn good company.
They were named a Top Place to Work in 2009, they are a $24.8 billion company which is roughly 20x larger than our company, and they had enough cash on hand to lay out $1.2 billion for us, without blinking.
Also, their CEO - if he is to be believed, and I think he is - is extremely interested in preserving our brand, which is great for marketing personnel (moi) and Emerson has left their last five acquisitions pretty much as they bought them.
So there is hope. I am hopeful. I may also be in denial, but that's okay...I like denial...it's pretty here. Ooo! Is that a unicorn?!
We got bought. Duh.
Also, several of our product lines compete directly with their products. In some areas ours are the stronger offering and in some areas theirs are clearly better. It will be interesting to see how that all shakes out.
Lady Gaga. I mean, seriously, WTF?