If you talk to Chad, he is a super nice guy, reasonable and clearly intelligent. This is why I really don't see why it is so damn hard to put the specs and/or pics up online. Unless he needs his web designer to do it, and can't get in touch with him, it really just blows my mind. Even basic stuff would be nice, maybe a quick FR taken in the middle of his warehouse to simulate outdoors.
But I do think the company will be around. They make a great product, and Chad seems to really love his company, and is very proud of its growth and wants to see it grow more, (although not right now clearly.)
I do like ONE aspect about the way he released the empire. Instead of telling us about the empire months and months ahead of time trying to build up forum hype, and making us pee out pants in excitement, possibly wetting the floor, he said, ok BOOM! Here it is, it is cheap, it is slammin', and we have 'em in stock! Plus that way there are no dissapointed customers if they have to push the release date back. Just wish he was little more prepared with the info side of it, and not in the middle of a company-wide move.
And by the way, yes the empire would almost definitely destroy a single PB12 plus in a cylinder, but I'm not absolutely sure about that, as I've heard no real comparisons!