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Hyundai Plans ‘Instant Replay’ Super Bowl Ad

Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc.’s return to the Super Bowl will include a 90-second documentary filmed during the game that will air right after the final whistle.

By Mediha DiMartino January 18, 2017 12:16 p.m. share »
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New VP for Irvine Co. Golf

Irvine Company Resort Properties in Newport Beach named Dirk Willis its vice president and general manager of golf to replace the departing Stephen Friedlander.

By Paul Hughes January 18, 2017 11:36 a.m. share »
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First COO for Incipio

Irvine-based Incipio Group promoted Ann Fong to chief operating officer, a new position.

By Mediha DiMartino January 16, 2017 3:06 p.m. share »
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Oakley Parent Sets $49B Merger

Oakley Inc.’s Italy-based parent, Luxottica Group SPA, plans to combine operations with Essilor International S.A. in France, pending regulatory and shareholder approval.

By Mediha DiMartino January 16, 2017 10:04 a.m. share »
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New Operator for GG Knitting Mill

Broncs Inc. in Compton has reached an initial deal with American Apparel LLC to take over the lease for its textile facility in Garden Grove, according to news reports.

By Mediha DiMartino January 12, 2017 6:13 p.m. share »
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Nordstrom Out at MainPlace

Nordstrom Inc. in Seattle said it plans to close its department store at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana in March. The closure will affect about 195 employees.

By Mediha DiMartino January 12, 2017 11 a.m. share »
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RIP, South Coast Plaza’s Escher

Werner Escher, South Coast Plaza’s executive director of domestic and international markets has died after a battle with cancer.

By Mediha DiMartino January 9, 2017 6:26 p.m. share »
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PE Firm Buys Sandal Brand

Courtney Group Inc. in Newport Beach acquired sandal brand Flojos from Conscious Corp. in Thousand Oaks on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino January 9, 2017 12:40 p.m. share »
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Kia Stinger Unveiled

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine debuted its first sports sedan Sunday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

By Mediha DiMartino January 9, 2017 11:33 a.m. share »
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Yum China Taco Bell Opens

The first Taco Bell restaurant in China opened in Shanghai’s central business district as part of the fast food chain’s plan to open 1,000 restaurants overseas by 2022.

By Michael de los Reyes January 9, 2017 9:58 a.m. share »
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New President, CFO for Raj Swim

Privately held RAJ Swim in Tustin hired Brenda West as its new president, making her the first person outside the swimwear maker’s founding family to hold the position.

By Mediha DiMartino January 5, 2017 4:43 p.m. share »

Etnies, Michelin Debut Shoe

Skate brand etnies and Michelin today introduced “the toughest outsoles in history” for its Marana OG skate shoe.

By Mediha DiMartino January 5, 2017 6:15 a.m. share »
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Automakers Grew Sales in 2016

Orange County-based automakers trailed the national sales pace in December even as most notched gains for the year, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino January 4, 2017 2:22 p.m. share »
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Hyundai, Google Voice Controls Debut

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley plans to unveil a new feature tomorrow that allows vehicle owners to control various functions through Google Assistant voice commands.

By Chris Casacchia January 3, 2017 10:32 a.m. share »
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Manufacturer Buys Sharper Image

ThreeSixty Group Inc. in Irvine acquired The Sharper Image brand from Iconix Brand Group Inc. in New York for $100 million in cash.

By Michael de los Reyes December 30, 2016 12:14 p.m. share »