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By Andrew Edwards July 25, 2014 2 p.m.   Share

Edison Signs Contracts for Renewable Power

Southern California Edison has signed contracts with solar and geothermal energy producers representing more than 1,500 megawatts of power.

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. Buys Illinois Firm

Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. of Los Angeles announced Friday that it had acquired Northern Illinois Steel Supply Co. for an undisclosed price.

Herbalife to Expand Chinese Production

Herbalife announced Thursday that it plans to begin manufacturing its products at a facility in China that the company anticipates will be able to produce nearly two thirds of its products sold in that country.

AllenCo Fined $99,000 in Environmental Case

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that AllenCo Energy has agreed to pay a $99,000 penalty for violating federal environmental laws at an oil field near USC.

Superior Industries Shutting Down Plant

Aluminum wheel manufacturer Superior Industries International Inc. announced Wednesday it would close its Arkansas plant by the end of the year as it prepares to open a fourth plant in Mexico next year.

Amgen Announces Deep Job Cuts

Amgen Inc. announced on Tuesday that it would cut up to 15 percent of its global workforce, or as many as 2,900 jobs, as well as close plants and consolidate its offices at its sprawling Thousand Oaks headquarters complex.

Beyond Meat Announces New Investors

Beyond Meat, an El Segundo startup that produces synthetic meat products from plants material, announced Monday that it had closed a Series D funding round.

Breitburn Energy Hits Gusher in $2 Billion Deal

Los Angeles oil company Breitburn Energy Partners announced Thursday that it has agreed to buy QR Energy of Houston for nearly $2 billion in cash and stock.

Reliance Shares Dip as Earnings Fall Short

Shares of Reliance Steel & Aluminum Co. fell on Thursday after the company reported earnings below analyst expectations despite record revenue.

Puma Shares Skyrocket

Shares of Westwood pharmaceuticals firm Puma Biotechnology Inc. increased by nearly 300 percent Wednesday after the firm reported a successful test of a drug being developed to treat breast cancer.

Skechers Beats Estimates

Shares of shoe company Skechers USA rose in after-hours trading Wednesday after the company’s reported exceeded estimates.

Jakks Shares Fall on Earnings

Shares of Malibu toy firm Jakks Pacific fell nearly 14 percent Wednesday after the firm reported a deeper loss than analysts expected.

Mattel Adopts Direct Sales for ‘Thomas & Friends’

Mattel announced Monday it will sell “Thomas & Friends” toys directly to customers through a new catalog and website designed specifically for fans of toys based on the popular train-themed children’s program.

Love Culture Files for Reorganization, Seeks Sale

Love Culture, the fashion company that was part of the recent upswing in clothing manufacturing in Los Angeles, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday.