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Kia Hires Multicultural Ad Shop

Kia Motors America has hired a Chicago-based advertising agency to help drive its “U.S. multicultural communication strategy as well as diversity and inclusion efforts internally and externally.”

Four Schools in Great Park Solar Project

Two universities and two community colleges in Orange County are working together on next year’s entry for the Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine.

Irvine Renewable-Energy Firm Eyes $270M Loan From China Ex-Im Bank

The Export-Import Bank of China last week signed a letter of intent to provide a $270 million loan to Irvine-based BlueFire Renewables Inc.

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Telogis in Deal with Isuzu Unit in Anaheim

Aliso Viejo-based Telogis Inc. didn’t have to go far to land its latest software deal with a major automaker.

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Mazda New SXSW Sponsor

Mazda North American Operations has signed on as the official automobile sponsor of the South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival in Austin, Texas for the next three years.

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Kia Hires Multicultural Ad Shop

Kia Motors America has hired a Chicago-based advertising agency to help drive its “U.S. multicultural communication strategy as well as diversity and inclusion efforts internally and externally.”

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Another Double-Digit Sales Gain for Vans

Vans Inc.’s revenue rose 12% in the third quarter, a 20th consecutive reporting period with double-digit gains for the Cypress-based unit of VF Corp. in Greensboro, N.C.

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Broadcom Reports Better-Than-Expected Quarter

Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. today reported third-quarter revenue and adjusted profits that beat Wall Street expectations.

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Kaiser Aluminum Misses Profit, Revenue Estimates

Shares of Kaiser Aluminum Corp. fell 8.8% to about $68.5 and a market cap of about $1.31 billion in after-hours trading Monday as the Foothill Ranch maker of semi-fabricated aluminum products posted $15.9 million in earnings for the third quarter, good for 85 cent a share.

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Recalls for Mazda, Mitsubishi

Some 18,000 Mazda vehicles are the subject of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advisory that urges owners to “act immediately on recall notices” on defective airbags made by Takata Corp.

Entrepreneur Crafts Encore

AEROSPACE: Positions second company for $100 million in sales

James Downey is replicating the business model that made him one of Orange County’s wealthiest executives.

Retooled Mitsubishi Message

AUTOMOTIVE: Once figured for exit, increases sales 29.8%

Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc., despite a slim model lineup, is out to prove all the doubting Thomases wrong.

Airport Plots Out Bigger Travel Plans

TRANSPORTATION: JWA aims for more passengers, Mexico service

John Wayne Airport plans to reintroduce incentives for an airline to offer new routes to Mexico as part of its 2015 flight plan, which also includes more passengers and 15 additional flights by Southwest Airlines.

Quiksilver Cofounder Mulls His, Company’s Future

APPAREL: Board names new execs as it aims for turnaround

Robert McKnight Jr., co-founder of Quiksilver Inc., is leaving his post as the company’s executive chairman at the end of the month as the Huntington Beach-based action sports apparel and footwear manufacturer struggles with reduced quarterly revenues.

Allergan Takeover Rhetoric Intensifies Amid Skepticism

HEALTHCARE: Ackman goes on offensive, questions continue

Irvine-based Allergan Inc.’s long-running battle to stay independent marches on as hostile pursuer rhetoric heats up and many analysts express doubt about the deal going through.