Orange County Business Journal

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E-tailer to Close Irvine Operation

Australian online retailer SurfStitch Group Ltd. said it will close its North American operations based in Irvine this year and shift its SWELL ecommerce business there to Australia.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 11:10 a.m. share »

Sadeghi Plans More Retail Magic at 2 New Sites

Shaheen Sadeghi, the visionary behind the Anaheim Packing House and other hip retail concepts, has picked a 12-acre site in San Marcos in San Diego County as his next challenge.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Billabong Seeks Smaller OC Space

Billabong USA may be looking for new, smaller, digs in Orange County, the company confirmed last week.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Mother, Daughter Immersed in 40-Year Labor of Love

Felicia Madrigal sees Laguna Beach-based Merrilee’s Swimwear returning to shelves at popular retail chains, including PacSun and Nordstrom.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Boost Mobile Aims to Boost Sales With ‘Project Switch’

Boost Mobile LLC in Irvine launched national marketing and advertising campaign “Project Switch,” which highlights its “four lines for $100” offer.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Glass Company Breaks With Traditions to Thrive

Greg Wingert took the time to hear out the Mater Dei High School guidance counselor’s push for college, but the senior’s mind was already set on joining the family business.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »

Apparel Makers’ OC Employment Drops 5% to 8,593

Orange County’s largest apparel makers slowed hiring over the past year.

By Mediha DiMartino May 22, 2017 midnight share »
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Advantage’s Next Growth Step: IPO

Advantage Solutions Inc.’s initial public offering filing provides a glimpse into the Irvine-based company’s strategy of growth through acquisition of complementary sales and marketing businesses—it spent about $566 million on 39 deals in the past three years.

By Mediha DiMartino May 17, 2017 11:07 a.m. share »
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Revero Hits the Road

The first batch of Karma Automotive LLC’s Revero luxury plug-in hybrid vehicles is on its way to 10 dealer showrooms in the U.S. and Canada.

By Mediha DiMartino May 15, 2017 12:02 p.m. share »

J.D. Power Gets First Ad Agency, Partly for Auto Creds

J.D. Power and Associates in Costa Mesa hired Pacific Communications Group as the agency of record for its automotive division.

By Mediha DiMartino May 15, 2017 midnight share »
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Apparel Maker Cuts Jobs

St. John Knits International Inc. next month plans to cut 130 jobs at its facility in Irvine, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification it filed with the state Employment Development Department.

By Mediha DiMartino May 12, 2017 9:25 a.m. share »
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ASICS Down in Q1

ASICS America Corp.’s sales in the March quarter declined 5.3%, according to its parent, Japan-based ASICS Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino May 9, 2017 3:36 p.m. share »

Inventory of Influence

The Business Journal compiles roughly 60 lists a year using various factors to rank local companies—growth pace, employee count, and in some cases, annual revenue. The OC 50—published since 1992—sorts entries alphabetically, so rather than a list, think of it as an always-evolving collective of local influencers.

By Mediha DiMartino May 8, 2017 midnight share »

Kia Replaces Marketing VP With Auto Industry Vet

Kia Motors America Inc. in Irvine hired Saad Chehab as vice president of marketing communications.

By Mediha DiMartino May 8, 2017 midnight share »
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Autobytel Exceeds Q1 Forecasts

Autobytel Inc. reported March quarter revenue and adjusted profits that beat Wall Street expectations.

By Mediha DiMartino May 4, 2017 4:34 p.m. share »
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Hybrid Apparel Adds Brand

Hybrid Apparel in Cypress launched Love Tribe brand, a Disney princess-themed line of clothing for young women that’s available only at Macy’s department stores.

By Mediha DiMartino May 4, 2017 10:37 a.m. share »
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Newer Brand Reaches Into Past for Higher Gear

Z Supply LLC’s latest offering is a nod to Orange County’s apparel industry heritage.

By Mediha DiMartino May 4, 2017 10:25 a.m. share »
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April Auto Sales Mixed

Three of the four largest Orange County-based automakers trailed the national sales pace for new vehicles in April, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino May 2, 2017 5:33 p.m. share »
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Journal Honors 5 Female Leaders

About 750 people gathered at Hotel Irvine on Tuesday for the Business Journal’s 23rd Annual Women in Business Awards ceremony.

By Mediha DiMartino May 2, 2017 4:50 p.m. share »

Female Verizon Engineer Stars in STEM-for-Girls Ad

Ammara Essa, principal system performance engineer at Verizon Communications’ Irvine office, is starring in the brand’s new national TV ad.

By Mediha DiMartino May 1, 2017 midnight share »
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Irvine Co. Elevates Common Areas for Office Teamwork

Irvine Company’s own twist on the creative-office trend is gaining ground.

By Mediha DiMartino April 27, 2017 10:47 a.m. share »
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Streetwear Apparel Co. Acquired

Lifted Research Group Inc. was bought by Mad Engine LLC in San Diego on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino April 25, 2017 4:29 p.m. share »
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Volcom Sales Down

Costa Mesa-based Volcom Inc. posted $60.1 million in revenue in the first quarter, a 3.5% decrease from the prior year period, according to Kering S.A., its Paris-based parent.

By Mediha DiMartino April 25, 2017 4:07 p.m. share »

Naude’s Vissla Turns Industry Heads 3 Years In

Vissla, three years after its inception, emerged as the men’s apparel brand of 2016 at the Laguna Niguel-based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association’s annual gala this month.

By Mediha DiMartino April 24, 2017 midnight share »

Outlets Developer Gets Support to Position New Center

Craig Realty Group in Newport Beach hired hospitality, retail consulting and brokerage firm Brandon-California to help brand and plan the tenant mix for the second phase of its Outlets at San Clemente.

By Mediha DiMartino April 24, 2017 midnight share »
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Mazda Hires CMO

Irvine-based Mazda North American Operations hired Dino Bernacchi as its chief marketing officer, a new position.

By Mediha DiMartino April 20, 2017 9:02 a.m. share »
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Kaiser Aluminum Beats in Q1

Kaiser Aluminum Corp. reported revenue and earnings for the first quarter that beat Wall Street expectations.

By Mediha DiMartino April 19, 2017 3:25 p.m. share »
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Houzz It Done It?

It started out in 2012 as a small, 18-person office in Irvine whose “tight-knit” team had breakfasts and lunches together. Nowadays, Orange County is home to the biggest chunk of Palo Alto-based Houzz Inc.’s workforce. About 500 employees work in support, sales and e-commerce for the online home-improvement idea generator and marketplace.

By Mediha DiMartino April 19, 2017 10:39 a.m. share »
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Emerald Prices IPO

Emerald Expositions Events Inc. in San Juan Capistrano is slated to raise about $300 million in its initial public offering, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

By Mediha DiMartino April 17, 2017 10:51 a.m. share »

Commercial Printers Hold the Line on 2016 Sales

Orange County’s 29 largest commercial printers combined for $621 million in sales last year, about the same as the group posted in 2015.

By Mediha DiMartino April 17, 2017 midnight share »

Mom’s Love for Baby Inspired Specialized Line

They say that what you don’t know won’t hurt you, or in Pazit Benezri’s case, stifle her entrepreneurial spirit.

By Mediha DiMartino April 17, 2017 midnight share »

Ad Agencies Post 2nd Straight Year of Double-Digit Gains

Let’s see that clip again.

By Mediha DiMartino April 17, 2017 midnight share »

Billabong’s Bikini Campaign Outswims the Competition

Laguna Niguel-based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association recognized The Roark Revival in San Juan Capistrano and Billabong in Irvine for producing marketing campaigns of the year at the 14th Annual SIMA Awards ceremony last month in Silverado.

By Mediha DiMartino April 17, 2017 midnight share »

Hyundai Runs With LA Marathon Sponsorship Opp

Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley debuted last month as the official automotive partner of The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, a new sponsorship category.

By Mediha DiMartino April 10, 2017 midnight share »

Trade Show Operator Plans More Growth Post-IPO

San Juan Capistrano-based Emerald Expositions LLC spent nearly $190 million since early 2015 on a dozen acquisitions, according to the initial public offering it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31.

By Mediha DiMartino April 10, 2017 midnight share »

Vans Parent Foresees 47% Sales Jump

Is a $3.37 billion revenue goal slightly “off the wall,” even for action sports industry superstar Vans Inc.?

By Mediha DiMartino April 10, 2017 midnight share »
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Robots to the Rescue

TransAutomation Technologies Inc.’s mission is to “help businesses succeed through automation,” and get them to “re-shore, remain in California and remain profitable.”

By Mediha DiMartino April 7, 2017 10:27 a.m. share »
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Taco Bell Gets PETA Props

Taco Bell Corp.’s bean burritos will be the focal point of an upcoming campaign by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

By Mediha DiMartino April 5, 2017 9:53 a.m. share »
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Volcom Exec Moves to RVCA

Kevin Meehan has left the role of Volcom Americas market president to join Billabong Group’s RVCA in Costa Mesa as global general manager.

By Mediha DiMartino April 4, 2017 3:43 p.m. share »
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OC Automakers’ March Sales Mixed

Two of the four largest Orange County-based automakers exceeded the national sales pace for new vehicles in March, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.

By Mediha DiMartino April 3, 2017 2:35 p.m. share »
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Emerald Files for IPO

San Juan Capistrano-based Emerald Expositions LLC has filed to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering.

By Mediha DiMartino April 3, 2017 9:56 a.m. share »

Taco Bell Dishes Out Fast Fare with Foursquare’s Help

Taco Bell Corp. in Irvine has begun to use Foursquare Analytics to better “understand changing foot traffic patterns” at its U.S.-based restaurants.

By Mediha DiMartino April 3, 2017 midnight share »

It Computes Shopping

Irvine Company is spicing up its retail scene with Pepper, a humanoid robot capable of understanding and reacting to human emotions.

By Mediha DiMartino April 3, 2017 midnight share »
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Kelley Blue Book Rolls Out Overseas

Kelley Blue Book Co. Inc., after about 90 years in business, is dipping its tires into international waters.

By Mediha DiMartino March 30, 2017 11:20 a.m. share »
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ASICS Opens Boston Studio

ASICS America Corp. plans to open a product design studio in Boston, according to news reports.

By Mediha DiMartino March 29, 2017 8:46 a.m. share »

Berkshire Hathaway Campaign Homes in on Image

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in Irvine launched a national brand campaign that positions the real estate brokerage franchise network as a brand that’s “good to know” when selling or buying homes.

By Mediha DiMartino March 27, 2017 midnight share »
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American Advertising Federation OC Chapter Names Winners

The American Advertising Federation of Orange County held its annual awards gala Thursday at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.

By Mediha DiMartino March 24, 2017 10:03 a.m. share »
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Irvine Firm Buys in Munich

Advantage Smollan Ltd. in London—a holding company Irvine-based Advantage Solutions set up in 2015 with Smollan Group in Johannesburg—plans to acquire Combera Group GmbH in Munich on undisclosed terms.

By Mediha DiMartino March 20, 2017 1:04 p.m. share »
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Kelley Blue Book Expands Overseas

Kelley Blue Book in Irvine launched vehicle pricing and valuation website KBB.PT in Portugal that it plans to adapt to other international markets.

By Mediha DiMartino March 20, 2017 9:35 a.m. share »

Kia Extends Women’s Golf Sponsorship for 2 Years

Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. renewed its sponsorship of the Ladies Professional Golf Association in a multiyear deal that enables it to continue as Official Automotive Partner and to have a presence at seven tournaments, including the ANA Inspiration and the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship.

By Mediha DiMartino March 20, 2017 midnight share »

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