PBS SoCal in Costa Mesa received a three-year, $1.7 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to produce documentaries about real-life issues faced by foster youth in Southern California.
Brand Unveils New Logo, ‘Special’ Products, Parties
Vans Inc. in Cypress kicked off its year-long 50th birthday celebration with a new logo to accompany “special product releases” that showcase its “timeless design and innovation.”
Taco Bell Corp. promoted Marisa Thalberg to chief marketing officer.
Freedom Communications Inc. in Santa Ana is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Central District of California to approve its plans to hold an asset auction March 16.
LAB Holding LLC in Costa Mesa will buy four development sites from the city of Anaheim for $10.1 million.
Irvine-based Kia Motors America Inc. showed a full-sized sport utility vehicle concept car called Telluride at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
AUTOS: Prior owner plans townhomes on Laguna Hills lot
Phillips Mazda has moved from its longtime home in Laguna Hills and followed its new owner down the freeway to San Juan Capistrano, where Miles Brandon has been selling Volkswagens for nearly two decades.
Irvine-based Incipio Technologies Inc. agreed to sell a minority stake to New York-based private equity investor Goode Partners LLC on undisclosed terms.
Carmaker Plans 3 Other Spots for Elantra, Genesis
Hyundai Motor America Inc. in Fountain Valley said one of its four upcoming Super Bowl ads “will use compelling storytelling to highlight the core values of the brand and what Hyundai delivers to its consumers.”
The Market Place in Tustin and Irvine has signed seven new restaurants to its lineup at the 165-acre shopping center.
Kaiser Aluminum Corp. in Foothill Ranch appointed Keith Harvey chief operating officer—a newly created position.
Orange County-based automakers were split on sales performance in December, even as most notched gains for the year, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.
Magazine Lauds ‘Ninja’ Supercharger as Innovator
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 motorcycle by Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. in Irvine landed on Popular Science magazine’s Best of What’s New 2015 list, which usually is a rundown of innovations, such as smartphone apps, electric race cars, aerospace developments, and advancements in wireless technology.
Irvine-based Incipio Technologies Inc. has agreed to sell a minority stake to New York-based private equity investor Goode Partners LLC on undisclosed terms.
MARKETING: Counts on style, performance to claim niche
Think of Medelita LLC as a Patagonia Inc. for lab coats and scrubs—its products are pricier but come with better style and performance than the average stuff from a uniform supply shop.
RETAIL: 99 Ranch picks up pair of New Jersey locations from A&P
Asian-themed grocery store chain 99 Ranch Market has landed in the Garden State for its East Coast expansion, according to documents filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
Why Advantage Solutions’ Boss Chose to Lean In
Advantage Solutions’ Tanya Domier nearly turned down a job leading one of Orange County’s largest private companies.
La Jolla Group LLC in Irvine acquired an equity stake in Laguna Beach-based apparel maker Roark Revival for an undisclosed amount.
Kaiser Aluminum Corp in Foothill Ranch said it will spend $150 million on equipment upgrades at its Spokane, Wash. facility over the next five years.
Mazda North American Operations in Irvine appointed Masahiro Moro its new president and chief executive to replace Jim O’Sullivan, who will retire from the company on Jan. 1.
Westfield MainPlace in Santa Ana will get new management as Sydney-based Westfield Corp. sold a majority stake in the mall to a partnership that includes USAA Real Estate Co. in San Antonio, Texas, Dallas-based Centennial Real Estate Co. and Montgomery Street Partners LLC in San Francisco.
Shoe Brand Still Backs Dozens of Other Races
Asics America Corp. said its last sponsorship of the TCS NYC Marathon will be next year, ending a relationship that commenced 25 years ago with the inaugural race, which drew fewer than 100 people to New York’s Central Park and has grown into an event with more than 500,000 runners.
Retailers will likely continue to search for new ways to connect with their customer bases, providing services that add to the shopping experience at brick-and-mortar stores—touches such as valet parking, concierge or personal shopping services.
MARKETING: Change reflects turn toward digital as company nears $2B
Advantage Sales and Marketing LLC has outgrown its name.
MEDIA: Rumors of print’s demise have been exaggerated
The fate of the Orange County Register will likely begin to take shape early next year with the expected bankruptcy auction of Freedom Communications Inc., the daily newspaper’s Santa Ana-based parent.
Footwear manufacturer OluKai Inc. in Aliso Viejo acquired Newport Beach-based eyewear brand Kaenon for an undisclosed sum.
An early morning blaze consumed a 96-foot Christmas tree at Town Center Park in Costa Mesa, just outside Westin South Coast Plaza.
Tribune Publishing Co. withdrew its objection to Santa Ana-based Freedom Communications Inc.’s proposed debtor-in-possession financing deal with Silver Point Finance LLC, according to documents filed Friday with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Central District of California.
Birthday Celebration in Books, New Ad Campaign to Raise Profile
It’s an alma mater to tens of thousands, a major research hub, and one of Orange County’s biggest employers.
We said Mirman was one to keep an eye on last year as he took on the challenge of getting Freedom Communications Inc. “back on a trajectory of growth.”
MARKETING: PR vet sells building, strikes deal with staffer
Melinda Morgan Kartsonis’ last pitch was for her own agency, Morgan Marketing & Public Relations in Irvine.
Thomas had a busy year, to say the least. In the months after we pegged him as one to watch, he helped the Foothill Ranch-based Wet Seal emerge from bankruptcy in April with a pared-down lineup of 171 stores and under the ownership of Mador Lending LLC, an affiliate of Philadelphia-based private equity firm Versa Capital Management LLC.
Play on Mister Rogers Points Up Underwear
Stance Inc. in San Clemente launched a series of videos to promote its inaugural collection of men’s underwear, “Wildly Comfortable, and Comfortably Wild.”
Freedom Communications Inc. in Santa Ana is asking the U.S. Bankruptcy Court’s Central District of California to allow it to accept $4.5 million in financing from Silver Point Finance LLC.
Volcom LLC appointed Todd Hymel as its new chief executive, effective immediately.
Shares of Tilly’s Inc. were down about 2% in Thursday morning trading for a market cap of $172 million after the Irvine-based apparel, footwear and accessories retailer reported results yesterday that beat Wall Street expectation on sales in the October quarter but slipped on earnings.
Shares of Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. were down in midday trading as it reported a loss for its most recent quarter.
All four Orange County-based automakers met or exceeded the national sales pace for new vehicles in November, according to New Jersey-based market researcher Autodata Corp.
Bruce Beach, chief executive and president of Depactus, stepped down from active duties at the San Clemente-based apparel company, “to focus on other pursuits.”
GC Played Key Role as Auto Brand Regained Footing After Ford Split
Shawn Murphy was set on becoming an investment banker until the savings and loan crisis in the late 1980s took his job prospects away.
The top 33 shopping centers in Orange County notched a sixth straight year of growth in taxable sales, with an overall performance that suggests the local retail scene is hot heading into the crucial year-end holiday season.
Goodwin Guides Oakley to Pursue the Best Contracts It Can
David Goodwin used the term “embedded” to describe his position as general counsel for government and military matters at Oakley Inc. in Foothill Ranch.
Beer Bar, Bigger Booths, Other Features Rolled Out
All four Orange County-based automakers had something to present at the Los Angeles Auto Show a couple of weeks ago.
The 40 largest auto dealers in Orange County combined for $5.3 billion in sales for the 12-month period that ended June 30, based on this week’s Business Journal list.
Christie Digital Systems USA Inc., a Cypress-based manufacturer of high-definition movie projectors, acquired Allure Global Solutions Inc. in Atlanta on undisclosed terms.
Stance Inc. in San Clemente opened its first retail store, in New York’s SoHo district.
St. Louis-based Shoes.com acquired socks and apparel brand Richer Poorer Inc. in San Juan Capistrano on undisclosed terms.
San Clemente Software Company ‘Owns Desktop at Dealership,’ Passes $200M in Revenue
DealerSocket wants to be the Amazon.com for the automotive sector.
Carmaker Plans 4 Spots As NFL Auto Sponsor
InnoceanUSA in Huntington Beach is already working behind the scenes on Super Bowl ads for Hyundai Motor America Inc.
Lost Holdings in Irvine selected former Rip Curl executive Rick Petri as president, a new position.