Orange County Business Journal


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Incipio Buys Bag and Case Maker

Incipio Technologies Inc. in Irvine acquired Chino-based Incase Designs Corp., a maker of bags and accessories for Apple products, on undisclosed terms.

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Quiksilver Cuts Losses in Q3

Huntington Beach-based Quiksilver Inc. lost $124.7 million in its third quarter ended July 31 compared with a loss of $220.6 million in the same period last year.

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Irvine Battery Maker Raises $30M

Irvine-based startup Enevate Corp. has raised $30 million in a Series B funding round has plans to start production of its lithium batteries.

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Kelley Boss to New Role in Atlanta

Steve Lind will move from president of Kelley Blue Book in Irvine to executive vice president of operations at Cox Automotive Media, a newly formed division of Atlanta-based Cox Automotive Inc.

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Former Hyundai Motor Chief to Google

A former chief executive of Fountain Valley-based Hyundai Motor America Inc. plans to join Google Inc. later this month to lead the technology company’s self-driving car project.

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Yorba Linda Pump Distributor Acquired

Yorba Linda-based Cortech Engineering LLC has been acquired by Houston-based industrial equipment wholesaler DXP Enterprises Inc.

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Quiksilver to Shut Stores in Prime OC Locations

Quiksilver Inc. plans to close several stores in prime Orange County locations as part of a larger trim to operations that’s in the works, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

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Quiksilver Files for Bankruptcy

Quiksilver Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy late Tuesday in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware to reorganize its U.S. operations. The company’s European and Asia-Pacific businesses “remain strong” and are not part of the filing.

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Lifestyle Healthcare Investor Buys Distributor in Spain

Strathspey Crown Holdings LLC, a Newport Beach-based healthcare private equity firm, has agreed to acquire IMEX Clinic SL, a specialty medical equipment distributor in Valencia, Spain.

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Allergan in $300M Deal for Aliso Viejo Eye Device Maker

Allergan PLC, which has its eye drug hub in Irvine, said today that it is buying Aliso Viejo-based AqueSys Inc. for $300 million up front, with the potential for milestone payments.

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Quiksilver Reportedly Talks With Possible Buyers

Quiksilver Inc. in Huntington Beach is holding discussions with potential buyers in an effort to avoid bankruptcy and keep its stores, Bloomberg Business reported today, citing sources close to the matter.

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Sales Up for 3 OC Auto Brands

Three of the four Orange County-based automakers beat the national sales pace for new vehicles in August, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

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‘Outdoor Living’ Leads Sports Gear Maker to Fountain Valley

A big chunk of the operations of the newly organized and renamed United Sports Brands will move into a 134,000-square-foot shop in Fountain Valley in December—just in time to remind employees who will be relocating from the Midwest of a key reason for the move.

Global Drama, Local Grind

OC-Based Public Companies Take Share of Licks, Carry On

Orange County’s diverse crop of publicly traded companies held up relatively well as worries about China’s economy whipsawed the stock market here and in other markets around the world.

OC Companies Play Key Role as ESports Grow Up

Much of Play Devoted To Blizzard’s Game Fare

Irvine-based Blizzard Entertainment Inc. and Kingston Technology Inc. in Fountain Valley are at the forefront of one of the hottest trends in the technology industry that’s attracting stadium-size crowds to venues across the globe and millions of online viewers.