Orange County Business Journal


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OC Auto Sales Up in May

Orange County auto dealers sold 14,596 vehicles in May, an 10.7% increase from the same period last year, according to the Newport Beach-based Orange County Automobile Dealers Association.

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Fisker to Open Moreno Valley Plant

Costa Mesa-based Fisker Automotive and Technology Group said in a press release that its first U.S manufacturing plant for the relaunch of the Karma hybrid electric car will be in Moreno Valley.

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NuGene Disavows Stock Mailer

Shares in Irvine-based NuGene International Inc. fell 39% Thursday to $2.61 and a market capitalization of $103 million after the skincare products development company said yesterday that it had no affiliation with a 28-page mailer touting the stock, but the stock recovered some ground Friday morning.

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Irvine Firm to Makes Games for Oculus Rift

Irvine-based video game designer Ready at Dawn will be among the first companies to partner with Oculus VR Inc. on new gaming titles for the highly anticipated Oculus Rift headset that was unveiled today in San Francisco.

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Tech Hub Plans 100 Internships

Irvine-based technology non-profit The Portal plans to create 100 internships this year for college students to work in local startups and other businesses.

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$20.1M for Garden Grove Manufacturer

Pacific Wave Systems, Inc. a microwave component manufacturer in Garden Grove, fetched $20.1 million in a sale to Canada-based telecom systems manufacturer COM DEV International Ltd.

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Quiksilver Down on Quarterly

Shares of Quiksilver Inc. fell 38% to 77 cents and a market value of $131 million Tuesday, after it reported a dip in revenue for the second quarter and pulled guidance for the rest of fiscal 2015.

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Incipio Adds Tablet Keyboard Case Maker

Incipio Technologies Inc. in Irvine has acquired ClamCase LLC, a Michigan-based designer and manufacturer of keyboard cases for the iPad family of tablets.

Kia's Online Hola!

Automaker Hopes to Ride Telemundo’s Web Series to Sales Boost

Some 20% of new vehicles in the U.S. are sold to Latino-Americans, and Kia Motors America Inc. wants to be a household name in the fast-growing segment of the car market.

Vans to Put Brand on South Coast Metro

REAL ESTATE: 180,000-SF office comes with 15 extra acres

An affiliate of apparel company Vans Inc. is under contract to buy the 1588 South Coast Drive office building in Costa Mesa.

Nicholas: Broadcom Sale Ticket to ‘Next Level’

TECHNOLOGY: Lauds Avago boss Tan, eyes Intel’s crown

Broadcom Corp. cofounder Henry Nicholas has high hopes for the chipmaker as it heads toward the new leadership and financial muscle expected to come with a proposed $37 billion sale to Avago Technologies Ltd.

Place in HomeKit Adds to Insteon’s Momentum

TECHNOLOGY: Gets nod on Apple’s hub for connected home

Irvine-based Insteon is among the first companies handpicked by Apple Inc. for the initial lineup of its much-anticipated HomeKit, which offers consumers a selection of services for connected home devices.

Healthy-Food Trend Sparks Small-Business Growth

FOOD: ‘Pythons,’ worms feed vertical vegetables

Orange County businesses are bringing locally grown fruits and vegetables to consumers who are showing growing desire to eat healthier food.

Quiksilver Director Out, Cites Exclusion

A director of Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. resigned from the apparel maker and retailer’s board, contending she was excluded from the body’s decision making.

Apparel Maker Bought by Korean Firm

Fountain Valley-based skate apparel and footwear maker One Distribution was acquired by K-Swiss Global Brands on undisclosed terms.