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Another Shift for OC 50

Newcomers Reflect Growth of Services

Call it 10%—that’s about the turnover rate for this year’s OC 50, the Business Journal’s annual inventory of influence.

HB Home to Key Project for Boeing’s Other Business Line

TECHNOLOGY: Aerospace giant chases potential of deep-sea vehicles

A six-man team at Boeing Co.’s sprawling Huntington Beach operation is working on a little-known unmanned, underwater vehicle program that could reshape deep-sea search and exploration.

Coca-Cola Buys Irvine Water Firm Stake

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. acquired a minority stake in WaterHealth International in Irvine.

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Chief executive of integrated healthcare network created in 2012 by St. Joseph Health System and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Affiliation intended to solve what Afable has called “pressing problems” of healthcare access, cost and quality.

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Brea Neonatal Products Maker Sold

Brea-based healthcare device maker Acacia Inc. has agreed to sell its neonatal feeding unit to Medela Inc., a global healthcare company that specializes in breastfeeding devices and medical suction equipment.

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Oculus Denies Infringement Claims

Irvine startup Oculus VR Inc., which is set to be acquired by Facebook Inc., has denied charges made by a Maryland video gaming company that it infringed on key technology that powers its breakthrough virtual reality headset.

Instruments Maker Buys Irvine HQ

MANUFACTURING: 78,600 SF for three units, 120 workers

Precision instruments manufacturer Horiba International Corp. in coming weeks will complete an expansion to a new facility in Irvine that will serve as the headquarters for its Americas operations, with several business units that have long been in Orange County coming together under one roof.

Local Toyota Units Won’t Move to Texas

Two local units of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. will stay in Orange County following the automaker’s announcement that it will move its headquarters from Torrance to Texas.

Judge Rules Avanir Drug Patents Valid

Aliso Viejo-based Avanir Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s stock shot up midweek after a federal court ruled in its favor in a patent lawsuit against two potential generic competitors.

Coca-Cola Buys Stake in Irvine Firm

Atlanta-based Coca-Cola Co. has acquired a minority stake in WaterHealth International in Irvine.

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Automakers See Strong April

Orange County automakers notched April gains across the board.

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Mixed Quarter for WD

Irvine-based disk drive maker Western Digital Corp. on Wednesday reported March quarter revenue in line with Wall Street estimates and net income that beat expectations.

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Toyota's Design, Racing Units to Stay Local

Two local units of Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc. are expected to stay in Orange County following the automaker's announcement Monday that it will move its headquarters from Torrance to Texas.

Software Makers Continue Streak of Job Gains

Add 223 Local Positions for Biggest Jump in 3 Years

Orange County’s largest software makers added 223 jobs in the past year, up 2.8% from a year ago.

Computer Products Makers Increase Local Employment

4.7% Jump Reverses Loss; 5 Add, 8 Cut, 2 Flat

The largest computer products makers in Orange County posted strong employment gains during the past year as local acquisitions helped fuel growth.