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Ingram Micro Buys Two Companies

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. has acquired two companies that add to its higher-margin and growing recycling and mobile services business.

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Taco Bell Parent Pursues India Franchise Deal

Irvine-based Taco Bell Corp.’s parent company plans to sell franchise rights in parts of India to three private equity firms, a news report in that country said.

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CSUF Names Three to Foundation Board

California State University-Fullerton named Mark Costa, Bill Cheney and Ingrid Otero-Smart to its philanthropic foundation’s board of governors.

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Ad Agency Spinoff Gets $2.15 Million

Founders of the Column Five Inc. ad agency said they have secured $2.15 million in seed money to grow their side endeavor, Visage Inc. in Irvine.

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Allergan Adds to Aesthetics Line

Allergan Plc will buy Westlake Village, Calif.-based Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. for cash and stock valued at $2.1 billion.

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Ingram Acquires Saudi Arabia Reseller

Santa Ana-based Ingram Micro Inc. has furthered its reach in the Middle East by acquiring the assets of Arabian Applied Technology, the largest value-added reseller in Saudi Arabia.

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Habit Readies First Florida Location

Irvine-based Habit Restaurants Inc. plans to open its first restaurant in Florida on June 24 in Delray Beach.

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Advantage Buy Expands Global Reach

Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC said it has made an investment in Smollan Group in Johannesburg, South Africa, on undisclosed terms.

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El Pollo Loco Plans Six More in Utah

Costa Mesa-based El Pollo Loco Holdings Inc.’s signed its system’s largest franchisee to open six restaurants in Utah by 2018.

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Katz, Marshack Join Greenberg Gross

Business litigators Michael Katz and Adrianne Marshack have joined trial law firm Greenberg Gross LLP in Costa Mesa.

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Tech Hub Plans 100 Internships

Irvine-based technology non-profit The Portal plans to create 100 internships this year for college students to work in local startups and other businesses.

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Incipio Adds Tablet Keyboard Case Maker

Incipio Technologies Inc. in Irvine has acquired ClamCase LLC, a Michigan-based designer and manufacturer of keyboard cases for the iPad family of tablets.

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Preferred Hotels Names Executives

Newport Beach-based Preferred Hotels & Resorts promoted four people to a senior executive team, which includes three new positions.

Will Allergan Cuts Resound in China? Holte’s High-Rise Act

Jinsong Ni isn’t too worried about the pink slip he got from Allergan last week, perhaps because he has a PhD in chemistry and years of experience on the nonclinical side of the drugmaker’s R&D—the sort of early-stage investments it pledged to cut at its Irvine HQ amid a hostile takeover bid by Valeant last year.

Advantage Buy Starts Digital Division

MARKETING: One-time vendor now basis of push on big data

Advantage Sales & Marketing LLC in Irvine got started on plans for a digital technology division with the acquisition of Bentonville, Ark.-based Atlas Technology Group Inc. on undisclosed terms.