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Colleges Build Up Ranks of Manufacturing

EDUCATION: Workers with midlevel skills in demand.Community college initiative helps students put together careers in advanced manufacturing.

Forever 21 Cuts Prices With F21 Red Chain

APPAREL: High on Low

Fast-fashion pioneer Forever 21 is speeding its efforts to expand its discount brand F21 Red.

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Business Rebounds for Furniture Maker Virco as School Budgets Increase

Hard Lessons

MANUFACTURING: Furniture maker Virco is sitting prettier as school districts up their postrecession budgets.

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April Cargo Volumes Spike at L.A., Long Beach Ports

Cargo volumes rose in April at the country’s two busiest ports, Los Angeles and Long Beach, with L.A.’s hitting a record for the month.

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Shoemaker Comunity Takes Steps to Support Social Responsibility

Sole Focus

Shoemaker Comunity looks to follow in the “giving company” footsteps of Toms.

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Soylent Raises $50 Million, Plans In-Store Sales

Meal-replacement drink manufacturer Rosa Foods Inc., maker of the Soylent drink, announced on Thursday that it had raised a $50 million Series B round led by GV (formerly Google Ventures) with participation from Tao Capital Partners, and prior investors Lerer Hippeau Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz.

Investor Dips Into Social Impact With Chip Buy

Venture capital firm’s deal for snack maker gives gang reform program a taste of the equity.

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Turning Up Heat

Coffee shop part of roaster F. Gaviña & Sons’ expansion plans

Roaster F. Gaviña & Sons looks to heat up its revenue by opening a downtown café.

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Faraday Future Facing Trademark Lawsuit Over Name

Faraday Future, the Torrance-based electric car company, is facing a trademark lawsuit from an unrelated business called Faraday Bicycles.

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Hollywood Bed Building Bigger Facility to Handle Major Retail Orders

Chain Reaction

Wal-Mart’s made-in-USA program has helped bolster sales of frame maker Hollywood Bed.

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AST Sportswear Takes Over Former American Apparel Manufacturing Site

With the lease officially signed in the fourth quarter of 2016, Brea-based AST Sportswear Inc. has finally moved into the former American Apparel facility in Hawthorne.

Tight office market has power supply maker mulling options

Pulling Plug?

Santa Monica’s energized office market is squeezing power supply maker Pioneer Magnetics.

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March Cargo Volumes Surge at San Pedro’s Twin Ports

The twin ports of Long Beach and of Los Angeles saw increased cargo traffic in March. The Port of Long Beach saw a 20 percent increase in its cargo numbers compared to a year ago and posted its best quarter since 2007. The Los Angeles port saw a whopping 29 percent jump in incoming cargo containers compared to the year earlier.

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Pritzker Group’s ProAmPac Acquires Trinity Packaging Corporation

Pritzker Group Private Capital’s recently acquired ProAmPac on Monday folded in a competitor in the packaging manufacturing industry, marking the first deal of the year for the West L.A. private equity firm.

Alliances Slow On Scheduling

SHIPPING: Port businesses wait as partners come together.

New alliances among cargo lines have left some port businesses high and dry on scheduling.

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