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New Projects, Regs, Boost Some; Locals Flat Overall
Environmental consulting firms locally were flat to minimally higher on OC billings and workers for the year ended Dec. 31, with some companies reporting robust work levels because of new regulations or projects—or both.
Firms Hold, Fold; 91 Bigs Have Some 2,800 OC JDs
The Business Journal’s list of Orange County’s largest law firms is like the first moments after a trial ends: there are winners and there are … opposing counsel.
31 Facilities; $9.1 Billion; A Few Double-Digit Swings
To say hospitals are stable is a good thing, especially for people spending time there.
Total, Average, Donor Count, No. 1: All Rise
Some say “Give Till It Helps,” while others use the old school cry “Give Till It Hurts.”
Markets middling on Fed meeting; First Foundation rises on results (keep reading)
Alteryx down after big November; presenting today at Raymond James conf. (keep reading)
Del Taco Restaurants sold all eight company-owned locations in the Reno, Nev., market to franchisee Mark Miller, a partner in Portland, Ore.-based 3 Brothers Restaurants. The franchisee operates a dozen restaurants in the Pacific Northwest and has agreed to open 10 more in that region over the next seven years.
Foothill Ranch-based lender LoanDepot named Sudhir Nair its Chief Information and Technology Officer.
ChromaDex Corp. said health regulatory body the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration approved its nicotinamide riboside chloride “for use in listed complementary medicines” with “market exclusivity” for two years.
Cypress-based Xperience Restaurant Group bought Sol Mexican Cocina and Solita Tacos & Margaritas, sister brands with a total of six locations.
Irvine-based Edwards Lifesciences Corp. (Nyse: EW) is No. 25 on this year’s Management 250, the Drucker Institute’s list of the best-run companies in the U.S., the only locally headquartered firm named to it.
Santa Ana engineering firm Salas O’Brien bought RMS Engineers in Richardson, Texas, on undisclosed terms. RMS does heavy industrial consulting in Texas for chemical; oil and gas; paper and pulp; and mining companies.
Blinking Owl Distillery in Santa Ana will close for 25 days after a Sacramento administrative law judge affirmed Alcohol and Beverage Control allegations the spirits maker had served too much alcohol to an undercover agent.
Anaheim-based Willdan Group Inc. (Nasdaq: WLDN) bought Energy and Environmental Economics Inc. (E3) in San Francisco on undisclosed terms.
Segerstrom Center for the Arts named Casey Reitz its new president, effective in December, replacing Terry Dwyer, who left the post in March.
Indexes each edged up about 0.1% in midday trading. The S&P ticked higher to 2,998.92; the Dow Jones Industrial Average to 26,800.91; and the Nasdaq to 8,111.54. (keep reading)
GIVING: Points of Light, OneOC, 400+ Turn Out
More than 400 attendees came together to honor giving and philanthropy by Orange County companies at the third annual Civic 50 awards, presented by the Business Journal, local volunteer boosters OneOC in Santa Ana, and the Atlanta-based U.S. nonprofit Points of Light.
Atlanta-based OneDigital Health and Benefits bought Moore Benefits Inc. in Irvine on undisclosed terms.
Foothill Ranch-based loanDepot named David King its chief marketing officer, a new position.
San Clemente-based CareTrust REIT Inc. (Nasdaq: CTRE) bought Vista del Lago, a memory care facility in Escondido, for $12.6 million.
Irvine-based workspace design firm PeopleSpace named Daniel Delaney its chief customer officer, joining Michelle Sample, chief marketing officer, as new C-Suite additions this year.
Orange County Community Foundation named Tammy Tumbling its chief operating officer, a new position.
Stock indexes had declined in early trading prior to the U.S. Federal Reserve cutting its benchmark interest rate by a quarter point.