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Week of Mon, Nov 2nd, 2009

Blacksmith acquires McNeil brands, allies with Emerson Group

Start-up Blacksmith Brands Inc. has wrapped up its acquisition of five over-the-counter consumer products brands from McNeil-PPC Inc. and unveiled a partnership with The Emerson Group.

IMS Health to be acquired by investment firms

IMS Health has agreed to be acquired by investment funds managed by financial firms TPG Capital and the CPP Investment Board in a $5.2 billion deal.

Johnson & Johnson to pare workforce

As part of a restructuring, Johnson & Johnson plans to eliminate up to 7% of its global workforce, or roughly 8,200 jobs.

American Greetings rolls out cards with music CDs

American Greetings Corp. is introducing cards that include a CD containing a mixed compilation of popular music.

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