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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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Mazda Miata Hooks Up With Fashion Rocks

Mazda North American Operations in Irvine has launched “Road to Fashion Rocks,” a six-week TV, print and digital marketing campaign promoting soon-to-be released 2016 MX-5 Miata.

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Auto Sales Leads Firm Reports Q2 Revenue

Autobytel Inc. said its second-quarter revenue was $25.9 million, up about 46% from the $17.8 million it posted a year ago but under the $27 million in revenue analysts expected from the Irvine-based automotive sales leads generator.

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Western Digital’s June Quarter Beats Wall Street

Irvine-based storage products maker Western Digital Corp. on Wednesday reported revenue and adjusted profits in the June quarter that beat Wall Street expectations.

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Fisker’s Bankruptcy Plan Approved

The Chapter 11 plan for Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive Inc. got approval from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

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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.