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Port Truck Battle Drives Off Costco

Costco steps into the driver classification fight at the ports, ending its relationship with a trucking firm.

Apparel Manufacturers Fined for Labor Violations

Fourteen garment manufacturers in Los Angeles were cited for labor law and garment registration violations, the California Labor Commissioner’s office announced on Thursday.

Wonderful Co. Acquires Pomegranate Grower and Distributor Ruby Fresh

West L.A.-based food and beverage outfit Wonderful Co. acquired Firebaugh-based pomegranate grower and distributor Ruby Fresh Inc. for an undisclosed sum, Wonderful announced Tuesday.

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Port of Los Angeles Extends Local Hiring Agreement

The Port of L.A.’s Board of Harbor Commissioners has approved a 10-year extension on a labor agreement that seeks to continue hiring workers from the harbor area and from high-unemployment communities in the city.

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X Prize Marks $30 Million Spot on Moon

AEROSPACE: Competition launched private-sector push.

X Prize Foundation contest asks participants to get rolling on a robotic moon rover.

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Small Manufacturers Draw Large Interest

MANUFACTURING: Sector proves fertile in L.A. County.

Despite the sector’s struggles, deals are being put together for small companies.

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Quest Nutrition to Close L.A. Manufacturing Sites, Lay Off 524 Workers

Protein bars maker Quest Nutrition has filed a WARN notice signaling it plans to close two L.A. manufacturing facilities and lay off 524 employees.

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OSI Systems Gets $21 Million Order from U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Hawthorne-based OSI Systems Inc. announced Wednesday that its security division was awarded a $21 million order from U.S. Customs and Border Protection as part of an ongoing inspection technology contract.

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Bakery Market Rises With Deal

MANUFACTURING: Buyer of BakeMark thinks national.

BakeMark USA’s baking products prove a hot acquisition target.

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Wholesaler Sold On Retail Gold

METALS: A-Mark looks to diversify with Goldline deal.

A-Mark looks to mine new customers and markets with its acquisition of Goldline.

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Taste of Nature Announces Licensing Deal with Mrs. Fields Cookies

Santa Monica-based Taste of Nature Inc. announced a new licensing partnership with Famous Brands International, the parent company of Mrs. Fields cookies.

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Port of Long Beach Sets Emissions Reduction Record

The Port of Long Beach reduced its air pollution levels in 2016 by a record amount as it moves toward a goal of zero emissions, according to a study released this week.

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L.A. Port Rides Digital Wave

SHIPPING: Program aims to consolidate cargo data online.

Port of Los Angeles moves to extend and expand a program to centralize cargo data online.

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Toymaker Puts China in Play

MANUFACTURING: Kids at center of Mattel push.

Mattel looks to deal for Chinese educational centers as a means to boost child’s play.

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Battery Pack Manufacturer Romeo Power Raises $30 Million

Vernon-based electric vehicle battery pack maker Romeo Power has closed a $30 million seed financing round, the company said Thursday.

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