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Manufacturing, Warehouse Space Tight in OC

The vacancy rate in the Orange County manufacturing and warehouse sector steadily decreased over the past 12 months from 2.8% to 2.5% at the end of the first quarter.

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Mazda Sets Launch Date for New Miata

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations said it’s skipping the auto show arena and plans to instead unveil its revamped 2016 MX-5 Miata on Sept. 3 during simultaneous events in Japan, Spain and Monterey, Calif.

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3 of 4 OC-Based Automakers Top Sales Pace

Three of the four Orange County-based automakers outpaced the industry overall in June, according to Autodata Corp.

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Mazda Named St. Jude Children’s Hospital Corporate Partner

Mazda North American Operations’ Drive for Good holiday promotion has grown into a new role as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s corporate partner of the year.

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Kia Auto Sponsor for Segerstrom Center

Kia Motors America has signed on as the official automotive sponsor of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa.

Ingram Gets Started on New Global Image

MARKETING: Fresh logo, campaign reflect push on higher-margin services

Ingram Micro Inc. has launched its largest global branding initiative to date, a “natural next step” for the company as it “evolves from a distribution powerhouse to the world leader in technology and supply chain services,” according to Chief Executive Alain Monie.

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Hyundai Capital Partners With FICO

Irvine-based captive automobile finance company Hyundai Capital America has partnered with Fair Isaac Corp., better known as FICO, in a move to provide free credit scores to customers.

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Oculus to Buy Xbox 360 Controller Developer

Oculus VR Inc. has acquired the product design and engineering firm that developed the Xbox 360 controller.

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New Logo for Ingram Micro

Ingram Micro Inc. in Santa Ana has launched a new logo, a part of rebranding effort aimed at reinforcing “agility, insight and dependability” as its top qualities.

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Irvine Co. Is Making Space for an EvoNexus Incubator in the O.C.

The EvoNexus technology business incubator, which cut its teeth in San Diego, is expanding into Orange County.

When Luckey Met Zuckerberg

How Oculus Went From Startup to FB Venture

You won’t find virtual reality gaming developer Oculus VR Inc. on this week’s list of the biggest private companies based in Orange County—and the maker of virtual reality headsets didn’t make the rankings last year, either.

Yorba Linda Firm Buys in Brazil

Yorba Linda-based electronics products maker B&K Precision Corp. has acquired Teknix SA in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

ClearLight Partners Sells Portfolio Company

Newport Beach-based private equity firm ClearLight Partners LLC sold its stake in TASI Group, a testing, measurement and inspection equipment maker that had been in its portfolio for about seven years.

Dough Maker Gets Money for Expansion

Irvine-based cookie dough maker South Coast Baking Co. got a $10 million credit facility from City National Bank to upgrade its local operations and open a second facility in Springdale, Ark.

Pair of Edwards Competitors Active This Month

One Gets 2nd Valve OK, Other Sues Another Maker

Two companies that are seeking to compete with Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. in the less-invasive replacement heart valve market have had a busy month.