Buenos días, South Florida. Another local public company bites the dust.
1. Jarden Corp. is no more
Newell Rubbermaid Inc.has finalized its $15.4 billion purchase of Boca Raton-based Jarden Corp. The deal, which creates the $16 billion Atlanta-based Newell Brands, joins brands such as Mr. Coffee, Sharpie, Coleman, Jostens, Lenox, Oster, Rawlings, Sunbeam Paper Mate and Yankee Candle. Newell Brands is about the size of Colgate-Palmolive and is led by Michael B. Polk. Click here for more by Emon Reiser, including what a source close to the deal said will likely happen with the Boca Raton headquarters.
2. eMerge is back
The third annual eMerge Americas tech conference kicks off today at the Miami Beach Convention Center, with organizers touting a more varied experience for attendees during the two-day conference, which has been expanded into a B2B innovation and technology event featuring startups, investors, summits, panels, an expo and a popular hackathon. The event is also known for its varied roster of prominent guest speakers, which this year include retired Gen. Colin Powell, former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, pro skater Tony Hawk, and serial entrepreneur Dan Cane, founder and CEO of Modernizing Medicine, the keynote speaker and a judge at today’s hackathon. Click here to learn more about the conference.
3. File those taxes
Pssst. It’s April 18th, so don’t forget to file those pesky tax forms. Yes, you had a few extra days to file your federal income tax forms, this year. But if you haven’t filed ( and you know who you are) it’s likely time to file for an extension. The IRS estimates about 13.5 million people will file for the additional six-month grace period. So if you haven’t filed yet, now would be the time.
4. We’re No. 2!
There’s only one grocer in the U.S. more beloved than Publix Super Markets Inc. Market Force last week unveiled a ranking of U.S. grocers by composite loyalty index. Consumers were asked to rate their satisfaction with their most recent grocery shopping experience and their likelihood to refer that grocer to others. Publix’s came in second place with a score of 75 percent. Click here to see which grocer took the top spot.
5. Among the worst in the nation
Six South Florida cities were among the worst in the nation when it came to affordable housing, according to a new report from SmartAssets.com, a personal finance company. Miami ranked fourth nationwide on a list of the most cost-burdened communities, which 19.34 percent of residents spending at least half of their monthly incomes on rent or mortgage payments. The analysis is based on 167 cities included in the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. SmartAsset did not rank any Palm Beach County cities because none were cited in the Census data. Read more here.