Anaheim-based boat maker Willard Marine Inc. is “recreating itself.”
Seeks Ad Shop For Estimated $100M Campaign to Highlight Company Culture
Oakley Inc. is looking for an advertising agency to handle the creative work on a global marketing campaign that will give an inside view of the $1.5 billion eyewear and apparel brand.
RETAIL: $48 million retailer spiffs up on new approach
Donated books and records repurposed into a whimsical chair display and a funky dress on a store mannequin are proof of what good merchandising can do for Goodwill of Orange County—or any retailer, for that matter.
REAL ESTATE: Deal for Santa Ana towers pegged at nearly $130M
The office division of private equity giant Blackstone Group is poised to become one of the two largest landlords in the South Coast Metro business district, based on an impending deal for the Griffin Towers office complex in Santa Ana.
REAL ESTATE: Irvine Company to redo 2 of 5 Spectrum buildings
A portion of the regional headquarters of Verizon Wireless in the Irvine Spectrum will be converted into a multitenant office park, a result of the telecom’s recent decision to trim its local head count by more than 40%.
Jay Burress had a lot of good news to go over on his first full year as president and CEO of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau.
EDUCATION: $5M for center to speed up commercialization
University of California, Irvine, is creating a new campuswide center that aims to speed up commercialization of its research and support technology development.
AUTOS: Home development fuels addition; Alfa next?
Buongiorno, South Orange County!
TECHNOLOGY: Dissidents add three to gear maker’s board
Networking gear maker Emulex Corp. has a new Orange County-based chairman and three directors from outside the area.
HEALTHCARE: Irvine skincare line at $20M, 55 workers
Irvine-based ZO Skin Health Inc. wants to redirect women from the cosmetic counter to their doctor’s office.
Kaiser Aluminum Corp. in Foothill Ranch and Chicago-based Boeing Co. recently started the largest scrap aluminum recycling program of its kind to date, according to the companies.
Cypress-based Yamaha Motor Corp. USA chose two local ad shops to handle its advertising, ending a three-month review for the national account.
Irvine-based printed circuit board maker Multi-Fineline Electronix Inc. will consolidate its factories in China and close a research and development center in the U.K. as part of a restructuring plan intended to return the company to profitability.
Garth Hogan, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s executive managing director of Global Healthcare Services;
Chase Bank is laying off 168 employees from its mortgage operations in Irvine by early March.
In Music Festival Again, Releases Documentary
Cypress-based Vans Inc. is returning to this year’s SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
Will Work With Voyant on Possible New Drugs
Irvine-based Allergan Inc. is adding to its programs for potentially treating age-related macular degeneration.
$10M Deal Includes 47,319-SF Office
A cofounder of apparel company Affliction Inc. has bought the Santa Ana building that holds the Observatory OC concert venue where he’s an investor, as well as an adjacent office.
Pelican Hill Executive Chef Leads With Strength, Smiles
Our Chef of the Year, Jean-Pierre Dubray, has been engaging the public in appreciation of gorgeously showcased and inherently delicious food for more than three decades.
Trio of Restaurants Get Fifi’s Seal of Approval
There’s so much happening at The Resort at Pelican Hill all during the year. I’ll try to capsulize it but nevertheless want to bring you the best of the resort.
From French Countryside to Sushi With a Flair
Springtime brings thoughts of colorful flowers emerging, a climate conducive to beaches and boating, and getting out as the winter fades, even though we’ve had such a mild winter.
This week's business and other event listings.
Pro-Mo Properties LLC sold a manufacturing building to On Target Electric Inc. in Irvine for $2.8 million.
Quantum, Netlist Avoid Delistings, Build Up
Two Orange County technology companies that faced delistings on the Nasdaq exchange last year have recently raised money in public offerings to shore up their cash positions.
Activity in the low-rise office sector picked up in the fourth quarter, as the overall market recorded 47,341 square feet of positive net absorption. That was an improvement over the third quarter’s negative absorption of 32,498 square feet.
Recent Returns Counter Critics’ Rush to Strip Bond King of Crown
Recent Returns Counter Critics’ Rush to Strip Bond King of Crown
New Yorker Approaches Pair of Labels Pragmatically
J Fin Group believes in the little guy: smallish brands with solid designs and loyal followings that just need some help on the backend.
TECHNOLOGY: 2-year wait nearly up, request on integration expected
Western Digital Corp. is expected to ask China’s government for approval to integrate the Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Inc. unit it acquired in a 2012 deal that had to pass muster with regulators in major markets around the world.
Orange County homebuilders last year posted their best year for sales since 2004, buoyed by the opening of several masterplanned communities, as well as continued strong sales on the Irvine Ranch. Includes the 2014 OC's LARGEST HOMEBUILDERS list for download (pdf)
Word from a lender backing Mike Lutton, Tod Ridgeway and Ron Soderling in their buy of the old Beacon Bay car wash offers a benchmark of $10 million per acre for land in Newport Center. The trio that’s operating as Newport Center Anacapa Associates
HOSPITALITY: Starts with new look for lobby, lounge areas
Irvine Marriott spent about $5 million to hit the restart button on its lobby and lounge area in a project aimed at attracting the next generation of travelers staying at the hotel or just visiting.
HEALTHCARE: Promotions, new hires reflect reform’s effects
MemorialCare Health System is remaking its front office with an eye on healthcare reform.
TECHNOLOGY: Market share to 18.8%, on par with chief rival
QLogic Corp.’s $209 million deal last week to acquire key Ethernet assets and licenses and engineers from Irvine-based chipmaker Broadcom Corp. provides a much clearer path for product development in a segment expected to have strong growth in the coming years.
TECHNOLOGY: DynTek benefits from industry shifts
Newport Beach-based technology service provider DynTek Inc., which has drawn little attention on Wall Street, is on a growth spurt as more businesses and public agencies aim to secure data and link employees’ personal devices with workplace equipment and systems.
MARKETING: Sponsorship of events key part of campaign
Asics America Corp.’s marketing campaign reflects the brand’s “Better Your Best” tagline.
MEDIA: Vans, Boost Mobile on client list for original content
ChopShop Entertainment Inc. is riding the wave of the digital revolution, thanks to a growing client list that includes some big brands from its own backyard.
Newport Beach-based American Bancshares Inc. agreed to sell its American Security Bank subsidiary to CVB Financial Corp. for $57 million.