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Commercial Printers Grow Revenue 4% to $558.7M

Top of List Little Changed, Mergers in Bottom Half

Orange County-based commercial printers brought in $558.7 million in revenue last year, a 3.9% increase over 2012, according to this week’s Business Journal list.

Taco Bell Breakfast Menu Ads Co-Opt Rival’s Mascot

Social Media Spat With McDonald’s Continues

Taco Bell Corp. is making sure its waffle tacos and 12 other new menu items are getting noticed, giving its breakfast rollout the “largest advertising campaign to date” and keeping up a social media skirmish with the granddaddy of all fast-food chains.

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Irvine Software Firm Draws Palo Alto Private Equity

A private equity firm in Palo Alto has acquired a majority stake in Irvine-based software developer AutoAlert Inc. Terms of HGGC LLC’s investment weren't disclosed.

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Anaheim Food Company Plans New Ohio Facility

Anaheim-based food packaging company L&L Foods Inc. is planning to open a $3.1 million distribution facility in Wilmington, Ohio.

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Florida Company Buys Irvine IT Unit

An information technology provider in Florida has acquired the Irvine operations of Reston, Va.-based GovPlace, which sells IT equipment and related services to local, state and federal government agencies.

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Irvine Investor Adds RSM Restaurant

Irvine-based American Restaurant Holdings Inc., an investor in restaurants and food manufacturing companies, has acquired Canyon Fireside Grille on undisclosed terms.

New Pharmacy School Gets ‘Leg Up’ From Allergan

EDUCATION: Drug maker gives Chapman program $500K

Chapman University’s new School of Pharmacy is offering a five-year, fast-track path to a doctor of pharmacy degree with the help of a $500,000 grant from the Allergan Foundation, the charitable arm of Irvine-based drug maker Allergan Inc.

Chapman Approves Doti’s Successor

EDUCATION: No immediate shift planned at Orange campus

Chapman University’s board of trustees named Chancellor Daniele Struppa “presidential designate,” making him the eventual successor to President Jim Doti.

Map of American Dream

Sunil Tolani Eyes Coast-to-Coast Portfolio of Hotels

A U.S. map on the wall of Sunil Tolani’s office in Fullerton is dotted with pushpins marking the hotels his company owns and operates.

New Mission

Planning Helped Yogurt Chain Take Off, Founder Refocuses That Skill

Phillip Chang stepped down as chief executive of Irvine-based Yogurtland Franchising Inc. at the end of last year, but he’s not slowing down.

ADDENDUM -- Week of March 31

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Va., awarded Boeing Co.’s operations in Huntington Beach a $30.7 million contract to support development of a system to use aircraft for satellite launches at a cost savings compared to rocket-fueled launches.

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Chapman Names Eventual Doti Replacement

Chapman University’s Board of Trustees named Chancellor Daniele Struppa as “presidential designate” and successor to President Jim Doti, effective upon Doti’s eventual retirement.

Robinson Eyes GM; Santa Ana Name Game; OC Hoop-La

Don’t be surprised if Mark Robinson surfaces once again as a key player on the national stage, now that General Motors is facing the legal music on a defect in ignition switches that appears to have kept some airbags from working and has been linked to 12 deaths.

Brady, Vorwerck Shutdown Puts Lawyers on Move

LAW: Partner wanted religious practice; firm in lease litigation

Orange County’s legal scene has experienced one of its largest shake-ups in half a dozen years following the dissolution of Orange-based Brady, Vorwerck, Ryder and Caspino.