Looking at the brands by reputation, I see a lot of the Stanley companies now have deteriorating to iffy reputations whereas Bosch owned brands are pretty good. I was also surprised to see Emerson making a couple of respected brands--It is pretty much a Chinese owned company today. I couldn't blow the picture up enough to read some of the logos, but this is pretty interesting. There are a few completely independent brands our there, generally top of the line tools with engineering done in house to very high standards.
US corporate rules and other regulations work against a company growing beyond a certain size. Too expensive to comply with the 70,000 plus regulations, so at about 50 million, most companies sell out. A small number get to 500 employees and can't handle the legal and tax issues, so they sell out. And of course, having the highest corporate tax rate in the world almost forces corporations to sell to an overseas entity, and ship out their manufacturing, jobs and profits. In fact, SEC regulations on corporate responsibility to place the interest of stockholders first, more or less makes it a firing offense for a CEO NOT to sell out, and go offshore. It's not political, its economics.
The more I do, the less I accomplish.