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Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 40, No. 2

An affiliate of private investment firm Admiralty Partners Inc. acquired General Electric’s Santa Ana aerospace business unit and plans to maintain it at its present location under the name Integral Aerospace LLC, according to news reports.

Partnership Attempts to Capture Missing Fans in Action

TicketSocket Looks to Lure Couch Potatoes

A Newport Beach-based company that facilitates the issuance of events tickets has partnered with a cloud-based network to offer registration and tickets for online broadcasts of live events.

OCBJ Calendar

Jan. 9-18, 2017; Jan. 25, 2017

This week's business and other event listings.

Cryogenics Transportation Outfit Gets Trial Account

To Serve Over 50 Sites For Immunotherapy Tests

Irvine-based Cryoport Inc. will provide transportation services to Gradalis Inc.’s second and third phase clinical trials in advanced stage ovarian cancer and to a second phase trial for Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare tumor associated with children and young adults.

Vans Joins Year of Rooster With Special Kicks

Line Features Palette Of Chinese Zodiac Critter

Vans Inc. in Cypress marked the Year of the Rooster—which runs from Jan. 28 to Feb. 15, 2018 on the Chinese calendar—with a specially designed shoe collection developed in cooperation with Shanghai-based designer Kim Kiroic.

Delay on Close of Vizio-LeEco Deal Raises Questions

Company Reps Pegged Year-End Sale Wrap

Vizio Inc.’s pending $2 billion sale to Chinese conglomerate LeEco failed to close by year-end, indicating a potential wrinkle in a deal that still needs final approval from Chinese regulators.

Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

D & V Capital Investments LLC sold four R&D condominiums in Irvine to Winchester Equity Group LLC for $3.9 million, or about $252 per square foot.

Bascom Adds More Las Vegas Rentals With 2 Buys

$47.5M for 2 Deals; Now Has 9,100 Units There

Irvine-based apartment investor and operator Bascom Group has added two rental properties in Las Vegas to its already sizeable portfolio there.

Panattoni Buys 7-Acre Parcel in Anaheim From City

REAL ESTATE: $10.2 million for city-owned land along I-5

The developer of the Anaheim Concourse industrial campus has closed on the purchase of another, smaller development site near the Platinum Triangle.

Allergan Picks Up NJ Manufacturer

Allergan plc paid $2.9 billion to buy New Jersey-based LifeCell Corp., which develops aesthetic and regenerative medicine used in plastic surgery, in a deal expected to close in the first quarter.

Finance: John DeCero

Saw Great Recession Coming, Came Through It Swimmingly

John DeCero didn’t take an easy path to this week’s honor as the Business Journal’s finance Person of the Year.

Newth Deal

Morris Programmed Telogis for Deal That Fetched Close to $900M From Verizon

Look to Aliso Viejo to find a key component of a new digital strategy crafted by the nation’s largest telecom as it integrates several recent buys into a new business unit.

Surf City Steps Up

$300M Reshapes Shoreline Hospitality in Huntington Beach

Investment in hotel development in Huntington Beach hit at least $300 million last year—and there’s more in store this year.

Hyundai Looks for New Grip After Sales Drift

AUTOMOTIVE: CEO switch, SUV surge, driverless car on radar

Hyundai Motor America Inc. needs a “diverse product lineup in its SUV segment” if it plans to increase its 4.6% share of a U.S. automarket that looks poised to plateau, industry insiders say.

Local Investor Unveils Plans for QLogic Campus

REAL ESTATE: Gets 3 buildings, 161,000 SF in Aliso Viejo for $36M

A local investor has acquired the QLogic Corp. campus in Aliso Viejo and is planning to rebrand the site in preparation of the networking products maker vacating the three-building property this year.

Local Execs Grow Bullish for Q1

ECONOMY: Outlook up big on sales, profits, jobs to start year

Orange County business owners and executives enter this year with a level of optimism at a 15-year high, according to the California State University-Fullerton’s Orange County Business Expectations Survey.

GG Tops Cravath; Craig Sets Own Scale; Buchanan’s Cheap Trick

Just a few additions to this week’s front-page coverage of our Business People of the Year—notes on some recent moves that also merit mention as our community of business gets set to take on whatever 2017 has to offer …

Garden Communities Eyes 876 Rentals Next to JWA

REAL ESTATE: Plans filed for trilogy site it bought a year ago

San Diego-based Garden Communities of California has disclosed plans for its third big apartment development in Irvine, an 876-unit complex next to John Wayne Airport.

Abbott Must Sell Some Heart Devices

The pending $25 billion merger of medical device maker St. Jude Medical Inc. in St. Paul, Minn., and Abbott Laboratories in Lake Bluff, Ill., could affect the companies’ Orange County operations.

Marketing: Kevin Bailey

How Bailey Got Vans to $2 Billion

Kevin Bailey oversaw Vans Inc.’s upward trajectory to $2.2 billion in sales during a 7-year stint as president of the footwear and apparel brand—a performance that earned him a recent promotion and honors this week as the Business Journal’s Business Person of the Year in the marketing category.

Device Maker Tops $100M in Funding

Sonendo Inc. in Laguna Hills received $35 million in an extension of a Series D funding round that brings the privately held dental device maker’s total funding to more than $100 million.

Electronics Maker Buys in Canada

Infinite Electronics Inc. in Irvine acquired KP Performance Antennas in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, on undisclosed terms.

Visit Anaheim Starts Show

Visit Anaheim plans to hold its first Sports Express show at the Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove Jan. 11 to 13. The event will draw 15 to 20 sports event organizers and meeting planners, plus attendees from local hotels and cities.

Real Estate: Ray Lawler

Led Hines Through Busy 2016; Intersect in Wings for This Year

The Newport Beach office of Hines Interests LP had a blockbuster year, with a steady stream of notable property acquisitions, sales, leasing news, and redevelopment activity.

Healthcare: Joe Kiani

Exec Grows Company, Movement

Masimo Corp. not only delivered on its promise for a 10-year growth plan since its 2007 initial public offering, Chief Executive Joe Kiani said the company is expanding patient safety efforts with its noninvasive patient-monitoring products.

Hospitality: Robert Mayer Sr.

Patriarch, Pritzker Partner Shapes Surf City Skyline

Robert Mayer Sr.’s reach can be measured in stories.

2016 Taste Bud Pleasers and a Pig’s Head on the Brain

New Vietnamese Eatery Fresh Fifi Favorite

This is the month when I look back at the past year, remember the best dishes, and look forward to the broad restaurant scene that is ever changing. There were many superb meals, and a lot of interesting restaurants visited.


Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 40, No. 1

Yamaha Motor Corp. USA in Cypress said its Kennesaw, Ga.-based Outdoor Power Equipment division acquired Subaru Industrial Power Products on undisclosed terms.

2016 Luxe Market Glance: Strong Performance

Numbers Reflect Brisk Activity, Pace on Sales

How did the Orange County luxury market do last year?

Better Zzzzzs Focus of Two Young App-Based Firms

Sleep Monitors Analyze Slumber Data Overnight

Two companies are tapping into concerns about getting enough quality sleep in a fast-paced world with recently launched apps designed to help people get a better night’s rest.

Cannabinoid Deal Aims to Boost Quality, Production

Biosynthetic Technology Licenses From Florida Firm

Nemus Bioscience Inc. continues to make strides with marijuana-based products, with its latest licensing deal promising higher quality cannabinoids with quicker production cycles.

Kia Blazes Alt Fuel Trail With Cross-Country Drive

Lands Guinness Record For Least Fuel for Hybrid

Kia Motor America Inc.’s 2017 Niro received a Guinness World Record title for the lowest fuel consumption for a hybrid car driving the U.S. from coast to coast.

OCBJ Calendar

Jan. 2-11, 2017; Jan. 25, 2017

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Ingram Micro Shakes Up Leadership in Wake of Sale

Rising Star Mastantuono to CFO, Board Seat

The $6 billon sale of Ingram Micro Inc. last month to Chinese conglomerate Tianjin Tianhai Investment Company Ltd. ushered in some management and board changes at the world’s largest technology products distributor.

Law Firm Takes Top Floor of Century Centre in Irvine

17,500 SF Murtaugh Meyer Nelson Lease

Law firm Murtaugh Meyer Nelson & Treglia LLP is moving its practice up a few floors at the Century Centre office complex in Irvine.