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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.

Sanuk Walks Taller Under Deckers Outdoor

APPAREL: Shoemaker takes wider view on lineup, retail

Sanuk got the comfort thing down 17 years ago with its Fur Real sandal, constructed of indoor-outdoor carpet.

Latest Sign of Telogis’ Potential: Deal on GM Commercial Vehicles

TECHNOLOGY: Software option part of automaker’s OnStar system

A deal to equip General Motors’ commercial vehicles with software that links operation centers with far-flung fleets is the latest harbinger of potential that led backers last year to invest $93 million in Telogis Inc.’s initial funding round.

Kia Loads First Full Luxury Sedan With Expectations

AUTOS: Seeks halo effect for whole lineup with new model

Kia Motors America Inc. sees 2014 as the year of the luxury sedan—and the time to push up market perceptions of its brand.

$2.6B Edison Mission Asset Sale Approved

A bankruptcy judge in Chicago approved the sale of most of the assets of Santa Ana-based Edison Mission Energy, a unit of Edison International, the Rosemead-based parent of Southern California Edison.

Mitsubishi Electric to Consolidate in HB

Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc. plans to consolidate its regional operations in Huntington Beach.

Irvine Medical Device Maker Seeks IPO

Lombard Medical Inc., a British medical device maker with U.S. headquarters in Irvine, filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for an $80 million initial public offering on the Nasdaq exchange.


Min Kun Kim, who most recently served as chief executive coordinator at Kia Motors America Inc.’s headquarters in Irvine, was promoted to president and chief executive of Kia Canada Inc.

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Former Irvine Exec Named Kia Canada CEO

A former executive at Kia Motors America Inc.'s Irvine headquarters has been promoted to president and chief executive of Ontario-based Kia Canada Inc.

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Swiss Manufacturer Enters OC

A Swiss commercial printing equipment maker has established its North American headquarters in Laguna Niguel.

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Mitsubishi Electric Moving to Huntington Beach

Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America Inc. plans to consolidate its regional operations in Huntington Beach.

Company’s Tough Computers Produce Steady Growth

TECHNOLOGY: Irvine-based Getac supplies military, cops

Getac Inc.’s line of rugged computers are built to withstand the harshest conditions on the battlefield and some of the most extreme climates on earth. Its U.S. operation, headquartered in Irvine, supplies the Department of Defense and several U.S. law enforcement agencies with specialized laptops and tablets.

10 OC Residents Make Top Billionaire List

Ten of Orange County’s wealthiest were named on Forbes’ latest list of top billionaires in the world.

Medical Device Tax Repeal Bid Emerges in New Form

Latest in String of Efforts To Kill 2.3% Revenue Tax

A longtime effort to repeal a federal tax on medical device makers’ revenue is bubbling up again.

Lantronix Wows With Cool Products It Helps Power

Small Embedded Wireless Device Key to Innovations

Irvine-based Lantronix Inc. turned some heads late last month at the Embedded World 2014 show in Nürnberg, Germany, with some cool demos of its networking technology using a humanoid robot, a drone and a Wi-Fi-enabled electric bike.