Missouri Minute: Energizer to acquire HandStands, ‘Revolving-door’ lobbyist law questioned

Here are today’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

Energizer to acquire car fragrance maker HandStands in $340 million deal

Energizer Holdings is acquiring HandStands Holding, a a Utah-based manufacturer of car fragrance products, for $340 million. Read more

Impact of Missouri’s ‘revolving-door’ lobbyist law questioned

Under a new law passed by lawmakers and signed by Gov. Jay Nixon, legislators must wait six months after the end of their term before they can return to the Capitol to become lobbyists. Read more

VanTrust launches $200 million mixed-use project

On Monday, VanTrust Real Estate LLC launched construction of its $200 million mixed-use community with a ceremonial, rain-drenched groundbreaking on the 136-acre site of the former Meadowbrook Golf & Country Club in Prairie Village. Read more

New report measures Missouri by statewide performance indicators

Missouri ranks below the national average for median income, but the state is better than the national mean in terms of job growth and unemployment rate, according to a new report issued by State Auditor Nicole Galloway. Read more

Bayer’s Monsanto bid resurrects memories of A-B sale

The German drug and chemical giant Bayer AG on Monday announced an all-cash $62 billion offer for Monsanto Co., a move that puts the fate of one of the St. Louis region’s top corporate headquarters and 5,300 local employees in question. Read more

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