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Yokohama’s Push for Social Good, Playgrounds

Partners With Nonprofit, Plans CampaignsYokohama Tire Corp. said it has expanded its relationship with KaBoom!, a national nonprofit that has opened or improved nearly 16,000 playgrounds since its inception in 1996.

By Mediha DiMartino April 20, 2015 midnight   $$ Share
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Fisker Launches Customer Support Website

Fisker Automotive and Technologies Group LLC has launched a new customer support website for owners of its Karma luxury sports cars.

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Two OC Carmakers Best National Pace

Two of the four Orange County-based automakers beat the national sales pace for new vehicles in April, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Vans, Parent Revenue Up in Q1

Vans Inc. revenue was up 8% for the first quarter ended April 4, according to its parent, Greenboro, N.C.-based VF Corp., whose revenue also rose.

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22 Del Taco Sites to Sell

A number of limited partnerships plan to sell four portfolios of land and buildings that house a total of 22 Del Taco fast food restaurants in California, according to Newport Beach-based CBRE, the listing broker for the portfolios.

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Habit Revenue, Income Up

Shares in Irvine-based Habit Restaurants Inc. were up about 4% in midday trading Friday to a market cap of $850 million after the company reported it earned $3 million in its most recent quarter, an increase of 20% over $2.5 million in the same period last year.

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Oakley Taps Raj in Swimwear Deal

Oakley Inc. selected Raj Manufacturing LLC in Tustin to develop, manufacture and distribute its women’s swimwear worldwide.

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Stance Socks Score NBA Deal

San Clemente-based Stance Inc. has signed a licensing agreement to become the official sock brand for the National Basketball Association.

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Del Taco Buyer Ticker Changes

The company that plans to buy Lake Forest-based Del Taco Holdings Inc. changed its Nasdaq markets ticker symbol Tuesday morning to “TACO.”

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Mitsubishi Motors Taps Ally on Finance

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. in Cypress said it will fold its in-house financing arm, Mitsubishi Motors Credit of America Inc., and rely on Detroit-based Ally Financial Inc. as its “preferred financing source.”

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Taco Bell Revenue Up

The parent company of Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp. said new store openings and same-store sales increases boosted the Mexican-themed fast food chain’s revenue by 9% in the first quarter of this year.

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Kia's Georgia Facility Back Online After Shooting

A Kia Motors America Inc. manufacturing plant in Georgia is back online this morning after an employee there shot a co-worker in the leg Tuesday.

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Incipio Inks Luggage Co. Deal

Incipio Technologies Inc. said it signed a multiyear licensing deal with Tumi Holdings Inc. to design, manufacture and distribute a range of premium mobile device accessories for the South Plainfield, N.J.-based luggage maker.

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Correction & Clarification: Thomas in Charge at Wet Seal

Chief Executive Ed Thomas remains in charge of The Wet Seal, LLC in Foothill Ranch, along with interim Chief Financial Officer Thomas Hillebrandt.

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Tilly’s CFO to Depart

Tilly’s Inc. said it has started a search for a new chief financial officer, to replace Jennifer Ehrhardt, who is leaving in June to “pursue other professional interests.”