OC Billings Up 10% For Areas Top 38 Firms
Orange County’s top 38 engineering firms reported another year of growth with a nearly 10% increase in OC billings to $1.2 billion.
OC Billings Top $500M for First Time
It’s been a good year for architecture firms in Orange County, who have benefited from increased work as corporate clients look to reimagine their workspaces, as well as a continuing boom in residential development in the county.
University of California, Irvine will be opening the doors to its new 65,000-square-foot “active learning” building next week.
The Philharmonic Society of Orange County in Irvine named Tommy Phillips president and artistic director, effective Oct. 1.
VC-Backed Sock Maker Expands Presence
San Clemente-based sock and underwear maker Stance was already one of Orange County’s fastest-growing private businesses the past few years, even without a stand-alone retail presence in the area or a formalized marketing brand campaign.
Sales Up; Partnering With Asher House in Campaign
Cypress-based Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. is charging ahead with its “Drive your Ambition” global campaign.
MANUFACTURING: Firm keeps growing like ‘gangbusters’
Online retailer MatterHackers Inc. set out to make desktop 3D printing more accessible to consumers by helping them weed through the plethora of machines and accessories available on the market.
APPAREL: About $117M offering; sales, stores up
Irvine-based Tilly’s Inc.’s co-founders are picking an opportune time to cash out a sizeable portion of their holdings in the youth fashion and footwear chain.
Another Island Home Hits Market for $12.5 Million
Maybe the third time will be the charm for Precision Castparts Corp. Chief Executive Mark Donegan and his wife, Pamela.
Sunday Night Backing Features Innocean Series
Hyundai Motor North America will be getting more playing time with football fans this season.
AUTOMOTIVE: $150M+ of recent regional dealer sales
Sales of automotive dealerships are in overdrive. That means Irvine-based sell-side advisory firm Kerrigan Advisors is enjoying life in the fast lane.
Cypress-based Hybrid Apparel promoted David Lederman from chief operating officer to president.
Ducks Fans Can Leave ‘Zambonis’ at Home
The Honda Center wants to give concert and sports fans a lift.
Updated Rankings Focus On Local Contributions
This year’s Business Journal list of corporate and private foundations lost a few names after we narrowed rankings to firms most connected to Orange County charities, as opposed to earlier lists based on both local and total contributions.
A new institute will be established at the University of California-Irvine thanks to a $9 million donation by Japanese analytical and measurement system company Horiba Group to the university’s advanced power and energy program.
Francisco Morales has been named chief executive of 5.11 Tactical, the Irvine-based maker of apparel and gear for soldiers, firefighters and police officers.
Working With Nielsen On Auto Cloud Platform
Costa Mesa-based J.D. Power wants to help improve auto advertising for agencies and media owners.
‘Bond King’ Adds Pad For $32M, Sue One for $12M
Billionaire Bill Gross made headlines when he put $35.8 million down on an oceanfront property in the guard-gated Irvine Cove community in June.
Near-Decade Sponsorship Makes Way for Grassroots
Mazda North American Operations will end its longtime sponsorship of the Mazda Road to Indy driver-development program this year.
RETAIL: Test float pods seek to compete for young members
For 33-year-old health club operator and LA Fitness parent Fitness International LLC, workout trends come and go, but that doesn’t mean it ignores the latest boutique fitness studios popping up around its 709 locations.
Eisner Son Now OCer; OC500 Couple Moves
A moving van was already headed to pick up Western National Group Chief Executive Michael Hayde and his wife and Western National Property Management President Laura Khouri before they sold their former home a few doors down.
Deepens Relationship With Vehicle Sales Page
Fountain Valley-based automaker Hyundai Motors North America launched a digital showroom last month in partnership with e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc., making it the first manufacturer to have a dedicated web page under Amazon Vehicles.
Clients Tap Them For Targeted Ad Campaigns
Orange County’s biggest public relations firms added more desks in the 12 months ended July 31.
Costa Mesa-based Orange Coast Auto Group acquired South Coast Acura in Costa Mesa for an undisclosed sum on Thursday.
MARKETING: Code Four answers Code Red for money-losing event
Visitors will get the thrill of seeing fighter jets dart across the sky at the third annual Huntington Beach Airshow in October, but spectators will also get a chance to enjoy some special perks—for an extra cost.
OC-based automakers faced some headwinds this month, all reporting sales declines except for Cypress-based automaker Mitsubishi Motors North American Inc.
Irvine-based boutique fitness brand operator Xponential Fitness has expanded its portfolio.
Luxury Brand to Show Off at Fundraisers, Others
Three’s a charm for Irvine-based carmaker Karma Automotive in New York’s tony playground of the Hamptons.
Irvine-based marketing firm Advantage Solutions Inc. bought Mill Valley, Calif. agency Beekeeper Marketing on Thursday for an undisclosed sum.
361 Degrees International Ltd. in Irvine appointed Isaac “Ike” Alvear as head of sales.
Santa Ana-based advertising agency Amusement Park named Melissa Norton its media director, replacing Cathy Sosa, who retired in June after 30 years with the agency.
Real estate firm Bixby Land Co. in Newport Beach has given $100,000 to the University of California-Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business to create an endowment fund at the Center for Real Estate.
Cypress-based automaker Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. said it will expand its field operations today from two zone offices to four.
Xponential Adds Fitness Brands for 8
Irvine-based boutique fitness brands operator Xponential Fitness is preparing to hit cruising altitude as its portfolio of five verticals take flight.
Bought Laguna Beach Property 20 Years Ago
Former Angels’ third baseman Doug DeCinces and wife, Kristi, have sold their longtime Irvine Cove home off Riviera Way for $14 million in an off-market transaction.
New Ads, Sponsorships, Exhibit Make PR Splash
Kia Motors North America is conquering the mountains with its latest spots.
Orange County Department of Education received $15 million from the state to expand the California Multi-Tiered System of Support, a statewide program for “the academic, behavioral and social needs of students,” a press release said.
Vincit’s Irvine Office Does KCRW App Refresh
KCRW in Santa Monica has no problem connecting with people over the airwaves, but the public radio station needed help capturing listeners’ attention on the screen.
MEDIA: Direct Sports Network’s in with teams makes it ‘unique’
Direct Sports Network wants to be the go-to destination for sports fanatics and is stepping up its game to reach more fans through its app-based streaming video service.
ADVERTISING: ‘got milk’ makes way for kid-driven ads
A television spot shows three kids sitting in a diner complaining about their beleaguered lives over glasses of cold milk.
The Art Institute of California-Orange County in Santa Ana, a campus of Argosy University, will permanently close.
The Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa appointed four members to its board of directors on Tuesday.
Experian’s New Platform Helps Identify Customers
Quick food still means fresh for Lake Forest-based fast food chain Del Taco Restaurants Inc.
AUTOMOTIVE: Mazda, Mitsubishi ‘most-improved’
Costa Mesa-based market research firm J.D. Power recently released its annual Initial Quality Study—one of the most closely watched reports in the auto industry—and this year’s results gave a perfect shine to Fountain Valley-based automaker Hyundai Motors North America.
2017 Sales Up Almost 6%, Though Club Lost Members
2017 was another good year to be one of Orange County’s largest women-owned businesses.
The National Science Foundation awarded the University of California-Irvine a $5 million grant to help it boost enrollment of low-income engineering students focusing on advanced manufacturing.