Stories for June 2002
Monday, June 24
Marie Callender Pie Shops Inc. has moved its headquarters from Orange to Aliso Viejo.
Lake Forest-based Western Digital Corp., one of last year's big turnaround stories, has done another about face on Wall Street.
Sir Speedy Inc., a Mission Viejo franchiser of digital printing centers, said it plans to open 200 centers in China in the next five years.
UCI Researcher Pursues Earwax Gene Link to Cancer; PacifiCare Inks Handheld Deal
Irvine-based U.S. Education Corp. has raised $50 million from Newport Beach-based ClearLight Partners LLC and Chicago's William Blair Capital Partners LLC in what is Orange County's largest private funding this year.
Irvine-based senior services company AccentCare Inc. says an East Coast expansion is in the works now that the company has wrapped up its buy of Torrance's Just Right Home Care Inc.
Johnson Gray Wins Mission Hospital Work; Freedom Presses Rolling With Lakers Book
Anaheim lumber and building products retailer Ganahl Lumber Co. has acquired Buena Park Lumber, bringing the company's lumberyards to eight.
Summary of this week's List - Orange County Venture Capital Firms
Few Orange County companies seem to have benefited as much from lower interest rates as Irvine-based New Century Financial Corp.
The recent closing of Grubb & Ellis Co.'s San Diego office comes after years of steady decline for the brokerage there, though it isn't likely to impact its Orange County operations, sources say.
Pipeline Software Inc. says its software already helps chipmakers manage their business dealings with suppliers.
A slow-and-steady medical products company may not be sexy, but it may just hit the spot in the stock market these days.
Mexico's Grupo Gigante SA de CV last week signed leases for its first two Orange County supermarkets and is looking to open up to five more OC stores...
Rising Star to Coach Wanna-be Cooks; Kang, Lawry's to Open in South Coast Plaza
Newport Beach law firm Stradling, Yocca, Carlson & Rauth has lured a drug and medical device veteran to step up its medical technology practice.
Reston, Va.-based XO Communications Inc. could move people from Los Angeles and San Diego to its Santa Ana office in the wake of the company's bankruptcy filing last week, a company source said.
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Developer Lures Converse to Inland Empire Big Box; Olson Building in Pomona
Intrigue Behind Procom's Executive Shift; Tech Coast Loses Sign, Gains Space
Monday, June 17
US Labs Inc., a venture-backed Irvine medical testing company, is seeking a permanent chief executive after the recent stepping aside of its founder.
Newport Beach-based Turner Development Corp. has closed the door on the 77-acre A.J. West Ranch with the sale of the last 12 acres at the Lake Forest development.
Western Digital's Upward Revisions Get Noticed; Toshiba's 'Laptop' Server Goes Wireless
Garth Flint, former managing director at Newport Beach-based Canterbury Capital Services Inc., has left the investment firm with seven others to start his own consultancy,Beacon Pointe Advisors LLC.
IntraLase graphic: company's laser is used to create a dissection plane on the cornea
The economic downturn and higher unemployment has done little to curb demand for registered nurses at OC hospitals. To find nurses, hospitals are offering sign-on bonuses or payments to their own workers who refer nursing candidates.
Newport Startup's Bid to Buy L.A. Hospital Clears Hurdle
Schwab Enlists Several OC Money Firms for Referrals
Highpointe Communities Inc., a Laguna Woods-based residential land developer, has sold a 478-acre land parcel near Temecula for $40 million.
Shivbir "Shiv" Grewal, a corporate lawyer with a penchant for field hockey, says he's shaking up the Southland's dominant networking group for South Asians.
Newport Beach brothers Chad and Ryan Steelberg, perhaps best known for now-defunct free Internet service provider Winfire Inc. they founded two years ago, have started another company with their own money.
Irvine-based Consolidated Reprograph-ics' acquisition by the owner of cross-town rival OCB Reprographics Inc. has stoked a fire that's been burning for the past few years in the graphics industry.
Upscale Repair Shop Buys Two Santa Ana Buildings; Sukut Clears Air in Quail Hill
T & O; Lands Fast-Growing Irvine Bank; Y & R; in the Race for More Mattel Work
Mexico's Grupo Gigante SA de CV is near closing deals for two grocery stores in Orange County, according to the head of its Santa Ana-based U.S. unit.
Newport Beach-based Orange Coast Magazine is squaring off against Irvine-based Freedom Communications Inc. and its Coast magazine in a bid to get its rival to drop "Coast" from its name.
Monday, June 10
Richard Allred, owner of Costa Mesa-based surf apparel maker Toes on the Nose, is expanding his retail operations.
Florence Italian Cuisine Has Father's Day Brunch; Diner and Grappa at Antonello
San Juan Capistrano plumbing products maker Fluidmaster Inc. is ramping up production at a 70,000-square-foot Tijuana plant it leased a few months back in a bid to boost output and cut costs.
Corrugated box maker Triple A Containers Inc. has completed an expansion move to Cerritos from Buena Park with plans to add about 40 workers within a year.
Two Orange County 24-year-olds,one a former stockbroker, the other a programmer,have started a venture fund at a time when seasoned venture capitalists are finding it hard to raise money.
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A wide swath of Orange County's cable market is up for grabs, and cable operators are lining up to grab it.
A 281,000-square-foot building erected at Medtronic Inc.'s former Anaheim campus has sold for more than $20 million in what brokers say is the largest building sale by square footage so far this year.
ThinkTank Launches Buy.com Offshoot; Irvine Sensors Gets Follow-on Arm Order
That San Diego companies get more venture funding than their Orange County counterparts isn't new. But the scope of the gap in the past five years is eye-catching.
A court ruling that threatens to push rates higher for medical malpractice insurance is being challenged by an alliance of doctors, dentists and hospitals.
Irvine's Intersil Corp. won't be moving to Silicon Valley as a part of its buy of Milpitas-based Elantec Semiconductor Inc., but its new chief executive won't be moving to Orange County either.
Beazer Building on the Water in Ventura; Clothing Distributor Shifting Fullerton Warehouse
United Plastics Group Inc. plans to add up to 100 workers in Anaheim as part of a consolidation of testing and engineering operations and an upswing in the plastics sector.
The U.S. dollar's marked decline in the past few months stands to have a mostly positive impact for Orange County exporters and companies that have operations in overseas markets, company officials say.
Aliso Viejo-based Enfrastructure Inc. is moving on a long-planned East Coast expansion with the acquisition of New York-based TechSpace Inc.
The African-American Business Summit is set to kick off a three-day event this week focusing on "Real Solutions for Real Business: Capital, Contracts, Technology."
Monday, June 3
Island Shangri-La in Hong Kong: connected to famed Pacific Place mall
Signs of Recovery in Manufacturing and Warehouse Sector
UCI Researchers Create Amino Acid; Irvine Showcases Medical Tech
Roland Osgood, who helped start Centex Corp.'s Orange County operation and build it into one of the most profitable divisions in the company, has left the Dallas-based homebuilder.
AND THE WINNERS ARE ... Ernst's Anderson is Big Winner in OC Accounting Shakeup
Orange County's largest women-owned businesses lost some of the gains they made in 2000 as the economic slump and effects of the terrorist attacks hurt companies across all industries last year.
Former Irvine Company spokesman Franz Wisner is traveling around the world with his brother Kurt. This is one in a series of dispatches.
The hiring of partners from Arthur Andersen LLP's Orange County office by rival Big Five firms has begun, according to an industry source.
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Laguna Hills-based Aditus Systems Inc., a unit of Switzerland's Idiag AG, is pinning its hopes on a medical device that analyzes the spine.
Newport Office Complex Gets New Name; CB Marketing Long Beach Apartments
Apparel maker Paul Frank Industries Inc. is moving to a bigger building in Costa Mesa after outgrowing its Newport Beach digs.
Quiksilver's Roxy Showcases Surfer Girls; Ron Jon Lends its Name to PT Cruiser
ICN Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s dissident shareholders say they have an interim chief executive at the ready should embattled Milan Panic step down or be abruptly forced out by incoming board members.
Starbase Corp., a Santa Ana-based software maker, continued a string of financing deals with plans for a $12 million private placement of preferred stock.
Enfrastructure Promotes Executives; Datum Working with Britain's nCipher