OP, if you have credible, verifiable info regarding vendors not being paid - post it.
I think frolic summed up the situation nicely. I will be stunned if Stern is the only viable pin manufacturer left in 18 months.
Stern - may be a threat to itself if it doesn't figure out that code matters and the market won't continue to absorb continually higher prices without corresponding features.
PPS - future remakes not in the $4500-$6000 range pretty much DOA. Not convinced CGC understands how to deal with the retail collector market. Pretty much all the goodwill from Expo 13 has been squandered by PPS. Strong capitalization, so the new plan of "don't announce the next title until it's ready" has a good chance of success, but don't see the demand for more than a few titles. I give them 18 months unless title 2 demand/pricing sucks, but not sure beyond that.
Spooky - barring a nuclear blast in Wisconsin, they will absolutely be manufacturing new games in 18 months.
JJP - Pat's game will make or break the company, so we'll need to wait those 18 months to see. I think JJP will still be around in 2017 and that they are the only company that can become a realistic threat to Stern. If they can get production timelines down and keep prices in check, their innovation will definitely hurt Stern.
Heighway - maybe.
DP - one and done with TBL (if they are lucky). Don't see a future for them.
If anyone else is going to be manufacturing new games in 18 months, it will be a new company we don't know about yet.