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Yakult Drink Factory Kicks Off Production

Yakult U.S.A. Inc. has begun production of its probiotic drink at its new Fountain Valley manufacturing plant.

By Jane Yu May 19, 2014 9:22 a.m.   Share
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Newport Corp. Buys Israeli Laser Maker

Irvine-based Newport Corp., which makes lasers and related equipment, has acquired an Israeli company that specializes in fiber lasers.

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Broadcom Offers Some Details on Baseband Cuts

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. plans to cut about 20% of its workforce and consolidate or close 18 locations around the world as part of a restructuring plan prompted by the wind down of its unsuccessful baseband business.

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Vans’ Revenue Up 21%

Vans Inc.’s revenue rose 21%, its parent VF Corp. reported in its second quarter financials.

Volcom’s New Vision

Paris-Based Parent Prods Change at OC Label

Volcom Inc. has outgrown its rebellious stage.

Toba Rolls Ahead With String of Exits, IPO

FINANCE: Smith’s VC firm backs up talk of fast start, OC investments

Toba Capital, the Irvine-based venture capital firm launched by former Quest Software Inc. Chief Executive Vinny Smith, is on a roll with three recent exits and an initial public offering topping $100 million apiece.

Swimwear Maker Adds Labels, 190,000-SF Lease

APPAREL: Will consolidate distribution to Buena Park

The biggest swimwear maker in the U.S. is getting bigger with an expansion to Buena Park following its latest acquisition.

Swiss Conglomerate Shifts Units to Irvine

A Swiss manufacturer has expanded its North American industrial piping systems division in a move from Tustin to Irvine.

Fresh Roxy Style at the Beach—Venice Beach, That Is

New Quiksilver Video Part of ‘Season of Freedom’

Apparel manufacturer Quiksilver Inc. in Huntington Beach has launched a one-minute video, “Loving Lost in Venice.”

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Vans’ Revenue Up 21%

Vans Inc.’s revenue rose 21%, its parent VF Corp. reported in its second quarter financials.

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Kia Recalls 51,641 Vehicles

Kia Motors Corp. is recalling some 51,641 Soul vehicles produced from July 21, 2013 through Jan. 17, 2014 because of potential loss of steering, according to a letter automaker sent to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Kaiser Aluminum EVP for Strategy Resigns

Kaiser Aluminum Corp.’s executive vice president of strategy resigned a month after his promotion to the post, according to company’s July 11 filing with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Chipmaker WiSpry Raises $8M

Irvine-based chipmaker WiSpry Inc. has raised $8 million in a funding round, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Fashion Label Likes Look of Competition

APPAREL: Irvine-based Z Supply feeds off challenges of fast-fashion

Forget about the doom-and-gloom projections that women’s retail is boring, merchandising is dead, and Forever 21 killed the category.

No Local Changes Seen After Medtronic Buy

HEALTHCARE: Q4 closing expected for $42.9B deal

Medtronic Inc. is likely to keep its Orange County operations basically intact, even after it wraps up a multibillion-dollar acquisition that could make it one of the top five medical device makers by local employment.

Toshiba Aims to Print Up New Image for Irvine Unit

MEDIA: Eyes role as manager of information in mobile world

Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc., an Irvine-based print product powerhouse, has seen the writing on the wall for some time now—advances in mobile technology are changing the way companies communicate, a shift that’s pushing its once-legacy business toward oblivion.