Orange County Business Journal

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PE Firm Backs Water Treatment Company

Anaheim Hills-based investment firm Metrix Capital Group LLC has provided an undisclosed amount of growth capital to Superior Water Technologies Inc. in Irvine.

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Dana Point Cloud Company Sold for $25M

Dana Point-based communications company SimpleSignal Inc. has agreed to sell for $25.3 million to Vonage Holdings Corp., a Holmdel, N.J.-based provider of telephone services via broadband connection.

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OC Adds Jobs; Unemployment Down

Orange County added 14,600 jobs in February, helping drive down the unemployment rate to 4.6% from a revised 5% in January.

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Jobless Rate Up on Revised Data

Orange County’s unemployment rate ticked up to 5% as an annual revision by the U.S. Department of Labor showed 21,200 fewer jobs in January than in December, for a total of 1,510,700.

Allergan Purchase Pushes M&A Past $90B in 2014

Value Doubled, Even Without $70B+ Sale of Drugmaker

Orange County-based companies were buyers and sellers in 303 corporate mergers and acquisitions in 2014, a year of robust local deal activity that involved slightly fewer deals and many more dollars.

More Depart Irell in Wake of Hueston’s Move

LAW: ‘Self-contained’ group spins off; NB office sheds 14

Local law firms have been hiring attorneys away from Irell & Manella LLP’s Orange County and Los Angeles offices in the wake of the recent move by John Hueston and Brian Hennigan to form their own firm.

Largest Minority-Owned Businesses Top $14B in Sales

THE LIST: Outpace general market with 8% boost in jobs

The largest minority-owned businesses with headquarters in Orange County combined for $14.4 billion in revenue last year, a 9% increase over 2013.

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Alliant Acquires Again in Spokane

Newport Beach-based Alliant Insurance Services Inc. has acquired Kassa Insurance Services Inc. in Spokane, Wash. on undisclosed terms.

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Toba Capital Puts $4M Into Drink Maker

Toba Capital Management in Newport Beach invested $4 million in Irvine-based True Drinks Inc.

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