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Inventor Tied to Moon Landing Dies

Newport Beach resident Marlan Bourns, whose inventions were instrumental in the Apollo 11 moon landing and the Mars Rover expedition, died this month. He was 93.

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Marlan Bourns: Engineering Innovator, Newport Beach Resident

Newport Beach resident Marlan Bourns, whose inventions were instrumental in the Apollo 11 moon landing and Mars Rover expedition, died earlier this month at the age of 93.

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Facebook to Pay $2B for Irvine Startup

Irvine-based start-up Oculus VR Inc. has agreed to a $2 billion sale to Facebook Inc.

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Oakley on Google Glass Development, Design Team

Foothill Ranch-based eyewear maker Oakley Inc. will collaborate on the development and design of eyewear for Google Glass as part of a deal between its parent company and Google Inc.

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Member of Bridgford Family Steps Down From Foodmaker’s Board

Bridgford Foods Corp. said that Allan Bridgford, Jr., a grandson of founder Hugh Bridgford, resigned as a member of its board of directors.

Inside Oakley

How Shipping Containers, ‘Surf and Turf’ Work for Brand

It would be hard to match the design of Oakley Inc.’s eerie, fortress-like headquarters atop a hill in Foothill Ranch—a building that merits its One Icon address.

Golf Not Company’s Only Game

TravisMathew Expands Image With Retail Entry

Apparel maker TravisMathew LLC carved space for itself in a niche segment of the sportswear market, first aiming at golfers, and now it sees retail as the next test of consumer appetite for the high-end brand to assert itself as a well-rounded lifestyle label.

Device Designer to Stay Local Under New Owner

HEALTHCARE: Sees benefit in Illinois company’s size

An Irvine design and engineering firm that develops products for medical device and biotech companies has been sold to a larger competitor.

UK Device Maker Eyes Offering Here

HEALTHCARE: Lombard’s US operations in Irvine

A British medical device maker that has its U.S. headquarters in Irvine is seeking its fortune in the U.S.

Kia Motors America Exec Promoted

The head of Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. and the company’s manufacturing arm in Georgia has been promoted.

5 Entrepreneurs Honored for Excellence

Members of the Orange County business community celebrated five winners of the Business Journal’s 13th Annual Excellence in Entrepreneurship Awards last week.

ADDENDUM - March 24

Irvine-based Motorcycle Industry Council hired Erik Pritchard as its general counsel. The appointment was effective immediately and fills a spot left open by the departure of Paul Vitrano, who recently joined snowmobile and ATV maker Polaris Industries as vice president for global government relations.

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OC Dealers’ New-Vehicle Sales Up 7.8%

Orange County auto dealers sold 11,594 new vehicles in February, a 7.8% increase from a year earlier.

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Motorcycle Industry Council Hires GC

Irvine-based Motorcycle Industry Council said it hired Erik Pritchard to be the organization's general counsel.

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Kia Motors America Chief Promoted to Vice Chair

The head of Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. and the company's manufacturing arm in Georgia has been promoted.