Missouri Minute: BJC chief stepping down; Purina opening $320M new plant

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

BJC HealthCare CEO Lipstein retiring after 18 years; successor named

After 18 years leading the St. Louis area’s largest employer, BJC HealthCare CEO Steve Lipstein plans to retire from the health care provider at year’s end. Rich Liekweg, who has worked for the organization since 2009 and currently serves as president of BJC, will take over as chief executive. Read more

Nestlé Purina to spend $320 million opening first US factory in 20 years

Nestlé Purina PetCare plans to open its first new U.S. plant in 20 years, a $320 million manufacturing and distribution facility in northeastern Georgia. The maker of Dog Chow, Friskies and other pet foods, which has its North American headquarters in St. Louis, said the new plant in Hartwell, Georgia, will create up to 240 jobs over the next five years. Read more

AG Hawley announces business group to fight human trafficking

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley is expanding his fight against human trafficking by recruiting the Missouri business community to join the effort. On Tuesday, the first-term Republican announced the statewide Business Council Against Human Trafficking. Read more

Garmin partners with Disney for kid-friendly wearables

The Walt Disney Company’s universe of stars will now appear in Garmin International’s fitness trackers for kids thanks to a new partnership between the entertainment conglomerate and Garmin, the personal technology device maker based in Olathe, Kansas. Read more

New plan to fund Scottrade upgrades with ticket fees faces opposition

Upgrades to Scottrade Center would be paid for by fees collected on tickets to events held there, under a proposal 20th Ward Alderman Cara Spencer filed on Tuesday. If the board and voters approve, supporters hope the plan will break a logjam over funding improvements to the city-owned arena, which is the home of the National Hockey League’s St. Louis Blues. Read more

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