is here again. The last couple of days I've talked to several people at B-D and they say the company is back in the BUNKER mindset. Staff cuts, travel cuts, projects cut or on hold, and another round of write offs (early retirement program is a catch all for the big bath). Let me say this up front...B-D is a company with some GREAT products and some EXCEPTIONAL talents (mostly in production). However, their great products are in slow growth markets where they already have exceptionally high market shares (90% plus for some products). A return to the old B-D and it's risk adverse ways isn't going to get 10% top line growth. IMHO year 2000 top line growth will be back at the 2% level if they only focus on downsizing the organization & cut expenses (haven't they been doing that for the last 3 years already). But don't worry, this baby is ripe for a take over and shortly I'll take a shot at predicting the candidates and explain why they would love to have B-D at it's new reduced price tag.