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About Emerson

Emerson is a diversified global manufacturing and technology company. We offer a wide range of products and services in the areas of process management, climate technologies, network power, storage solutions, professional tools, appliance solutions, motor technologies, and industrial automation. Recognized widely for our engineering capabilities and management excellence, Emerson has approximately 265 manufacturing locations worldwide.

  • $21 billion sales (2010)
  • More than 127,000 employees worldwide (2010)

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Business segments

Company earnings are reported in five business segments: process management, network power, climate technologies, industrial automation, and appliance and tools.


Sales by Segment 2010


Sales by Segment 2010


Sales by Business Segment (2010)

Business platforms

Emerson markets its products and services under eight corporate brand platforms:

Emerson Process Management

Emerson Climate TechnologiesEmerson Network PowerEmerson Storage Solutions
Emerson Professional ToolsEmerson Appliance SolutionsEmerson Motor TechnologiesEmerson Industrial Automation

Global Operations

Emerson is positioned with the infrastructure, knowledge, and experience to deliver its technology and product solutions to customers around the world.

Each of Emerson businesses is in an industry-leading position, making Emerson the one company that customers in any country can go to for all their infrastructure solutions, including: process automation, plant optimization, telecommunications infrastructure, reliable network power, climate control, and more.

Additionally, established companies looking to develop overseas industry benefit from Emerson's global presence and technology expertise.

Sales by Geographic Destination 2010


Sales by Geographic Destination 2010


Sales by Geographic Destination (2010)

Company History

Emerson was founded in 1890 in St. Louis, Missouri, as a manufacturer of electric motors and fans. Over the past 100-plus years, Emerson has grown from a regional manufacturer into a global technology solutions powerhouse.

2007Emerson strengthens its network power and its storage solutions businesses with the acquisition of, respectively, Motorola’s embedded communications computing business and Lionville Systems, a leading manufacturer of point-of-care carts for healthcare facilities.
2006Emerson airs its first-ever TV commercials. The company acquires Germany-based Knürr AG and Florida-based Artesyn Technologies further strengthening the capabilities of its network power business.
2004Emerson acquires Marconi’s outside plant and power systems business. Emerson named one of the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Business Ethics magazine
2002Emerson launches its first corporate advertising campaign with tagline “Emerson. Consider It Solved.”
2001Emerson makes two key moves in the fast-growing Asian markets, purchasing Avansys, China’s leading network power provider, and forming Emerson Network Power India Private Ltd
2000The company shortens its name to “Emerson” and launches a new brand strategy with a new corporate logo to reflect technology leadership and commitment to cross-divisional collaboration
1989The Emerson Motor Technology Center is established to support engineering and innovation in advanced motor design. It was the first of several advanced technology centers the company opens to support new product development
1984Emerson develops its best-cost producer strategy to meet the challenge of low-cost offshore competition. In the 1980s, Emerson moves into the international arena, investing abroad to meet customers’ needs in expanding markets
1973Over the next 20 years, Emerson continues to expand through cornerstone acquisitions such as Rosemount (process control instruments) in 1976, Copeland (compressors for air conditioning and refrigeration systems) in 1986, Liebert (uninterruptible power and precision cooling systems) in 1987, and Fisher Controls (process control valves and regulators) in 1992
1954Emerson begins a continuing process of diversification. Over the next 15 years, high-growth markets are targeted and the company’s business portfolio is diversified, acquiring 36 companies during his tenure, including White-Rodgers, Therm-O-Disc, U.S. Electrical Motors, Ridge Tool, and InSinkErator
1945Emerson goes back to commercial production. Despite the introduction of the bench saw and more defense business, sales lag and Emerson faces another critical transition point
1940Emerson’s metal working capabilities are called on by the U.S. Army Ordinance Department. During the next five years, the company produces more than 10 million brass shell casings
1938Emerson wins a contract to build arc welders, thereby opening the door to sales at Sears
1933The company moves to mass production of motors and adds a variety of fan lines to appeal to a broad range of consumers
1920The company expands into a new, eight-story factory building in St. Louis.
1904At the World’s Fair in St. Louis, Emerson displays its product line in the dazzling Palace of Electricity as the nationwide demand for electricity continues to soar
1903A design breakthrough upgrades Emerson Motors to a more useful ½ horsepower
1899Emerson introduces the Parker scalloped blade design, moving air more quietly and efficiently
1897The Emerson ceiling fan is introduced
1892The company builds its business around AC motors and manufactures the first electric fans to be sold in North America
1890The Emerson Electric Manufacturing Company was established in St. Louis, Missouri by two Scotland born brothers, Charles and Alexander Meston, with the financial backing of John Wesley Emerson