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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.

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Quiksilver Narrows January Quarter Loss, Misses Street Estimates

Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. narrowed its adjusted loss for the January quarter, and the apparel maker and retailer said it continues to make headway on its turnaround plan.

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OC Automakers Hit Sales Slump in February

Orange County automakers saw sales fall in February with their national counterparts recording a mixed bag for the month.

Ahoy in Anaheim

Anaheim-based boat maker Willard Marine Inc. is “recreating itself.”

Oakley’s Next Brand Plan

Seeks Ad Shop For Estimated $100M Campaign to Highlight Company Culture

Oakley Inc. is looking for an advertising agency to handle the creative work on a global marketing campaign that will give an inside view of the $1.5 billion eyewear and apparel brand.

Companies Forge Scrap Recycling Program

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. in Foothill Ranch and Chicago-based Boeing Co. recently started the largest scrap aluminum recycling program of its kind to date, according to the companies.

Yamaha Motor Taps Local Ad Agencies

Cypress-based Yamaha Motor Corp. USA chose two local ad shops to handle its advertising, ending a three-month review for the national account.

M-Flex to Consolidate in China, Close UK R&D

Irvine-based printed circuit board maker Multi-Fineline Electronix Inc. will consolidate its factories in China and close a research and development center in the U.K. as part of a restructuring plan intended to return the company to profitability.

Vans Taps Deeper Into Creative Roots for SXSW

In Music Festival Again, Releases Documentary

Cypress-based Vans Inc. is returning to this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Allergan Ups Retinal Disease R&D With Collaboration

Will Work With Voyant on Possible New Drugs

Irvine-based Allergan Inc. is adding to its programs for potentially treating age-related macular degeneration.

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New Details Out on Stokehouse Women's Brand

More details, including a name, on the women’s start-up that’s part of Paul Naude’s Stokehouse Unlimited have been released.

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Sanuk Sales Continue Rise in Q4

Irvine-based footwear company Sanuk USA LLC saw fourth-quarter net sales rise 45.2% from a year earlier to $22.2 million.

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Spectrum Gets Shares From Stakeholders in Spain

Irvine-based commodities trader Spectrum Group International Inc. reached an agreement to purchase all shares of its stock owned by Afinsa Bienes Tangibles S.A. En Liquidacion and Auctentia S.L., from based in Spain, for $6.36 million in cash.

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Kaiser, Boeing Launch Recycling Plan

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. in Foothill Ranch and Chicago-based Boeing Co. announced they have started a scrap aluminum recycling program, the largest of its kind to date according to company officials.

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Costa Mesa Shops Win Yamaha Motor Account

Cypress-based Yamaha Motor Corp. USA selected two local ad shops to handle its advertising, ending a three-month review for the national account.