Orange County Business Journal

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Recent and archived news stories on: Aerospace, Agribusiness, Chemicals, Electronics, Energy, Fabrication, Industrial, Plastics, Textiles...
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PacSun Up in Q3

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. beat analysts’ expectations for the third quarter, sending its stock up about 8% to $1.83 and a market value of about $126.7 million in midday trading Thursday.

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Biggest OC Automakers Lag U.S. Sales Pace

Three of the four Orange County-based automakers trailed the pace of sales of new vehicles nationally in November, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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Avanir to be Acquired for $3.5B

Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to be acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. for $3.5 billion.

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Golden State Foods Opens ‘Green’ Facility

Irvine-based food manufacturer and distributor Golden State Foods Corp. has opened a distribution center in Chicago focused on environmental sustainability.

Volvo's Pitch Runs on Oculus Rift

Virtual Reality Headset Key to New Model’s Intro

Put Volvo Car Corp. down as an early adopter of the Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset that was born in Irvine and now operates there under Facebook Inc.’s umbrella.

Employee Friendly, Too

Earth Friendly Products Spreads Benefits of Growth

Earth Friendly Products is continuing on its growth course under a new generation of leadership.

Chinese Developer Buys A-Town Parcel in Platinum Triangle

REAL ESTATE: Plans to ask Anaheim for more units, mixed-use

A real estate company in China has bought one of the most prominent parcels of developable land in Anaheim’s Platinum Triangle, where it plans its flagship residential and commercial development project for the U.S.

Rockwell Collins to Shift In-Flight Entertainment Operations to Irvine

REAL ESTATE: Move from Tustin to Alton Corporate Plaza

Aviation electronics maker Rockwell Collins Inc. is relocating its regional operations from Tustin to Irvine after signing one of Orange County’s largest office leases of the year.

Rise From the Ashes

Entrepreneurs ‘Slowly Getting Back’ On Feet After Fire

Trantronics Inc.’s 18,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on Langley Avenue in Irvine is back up and humming, with two production lines cranking out products and prototypes for medical, aerospace and other commercial markets.

Building Business by Hand

Manufacturer in ‘Unique’ Industry Pulls on Family Ties for Gains

Eric Albert calls his company, American Handforge, more or less “hidden.”

Auto Dealers Sales Stay Hot; Near $5B on 6.3% Increase

Fletcher Jones No. 1 Again; Several Dealerships Sold

Orange County’s car culture continues to keep pace with the revved-up national market.

Automakers Ride Strong Sales, Boost Jobs by 3.2%

6 With U.S. Headquarters Here Combine to Employ 2,279

The six automakers with U.S. operations based in Orange County combined to employ 2,279 workers here, 3.2% more than a year earlier, according to this week’s Business Journal list. 

Integrated Healthcare Vies for Joshua Tree Hospital

Works With Affiliates To Get Operations Lease

Hospital operator Integrated Healthcare Holdings Inc., one of Orange County’s lower-profile public companies, is working with some of its affiliates to lease a hospital in the High Desert community of Joshua Tree.

Next Technology Incubator to Open in OC in February

SD-Based Firm to Bring Model to Research Park

Orange County has attracted another technology incubator.

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Toyo Recalls Tires Under 2 Brands

Toyo Tire Holdings of Americas Inc. is voluntarily recalling about 175,000 tires for light trucks, SUVs and vans manufactured under its Toyo Tires and Nitto brand brands, due to potential tread or belt separation.