Guest Shot Frank Hurtte:ABB/Baldor and the Power of Distribution

How many times in the past year have you heard the rumor — ABB plans to purchase Rockwell Automation? This rumor has been floating around since pundit Jim Pinto first linked their names in 1999. A quick “Google Search” indicates the names have been linked hundreds of times since 2007 — so this one caught the experts by complete surprise. What are we speaking of? Well read on.

Last week, global power and automation giant ABB announced plans to purchase North American-based Baldor. If e

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