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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Last Mile First Up For Latest EV Entry

New electric-vehicle maker Chanje looks to hit the roads with a focus on last-mile goods delivery.

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Taking Flight

New alliance’s mission: protect air base, support aviation.

New industry alliance seeks to give the South Bay a lift by protecting the local air base..

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Metal Industry Steels Itself Against Toxic Testing

Trade group calls tracking system outdated, says issue involves many businesses.

The local metalworking industry is fighting back after a nearly yearlong crackdown by regulators over emissions of toxic chemical hexavalent chromium.

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Meal Kit Service Chef’d Raises $25 Million from Smithfield Foods Inc.

El Segundo-based meal kit delivery service Chef’d has raised $25 million from Smithfield, Va., pork producer Smithfield Foods Inc., the investor announced Monday.

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Aquatic Farm Flexes Mussels Offshore

FOOD: Catalina Sea Ranch takes crack at shellfish sales.

Catalina Sea Ranch looks to plumb the depths of consumer demand for shellfish.

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3-D Printing Venture Sets Concrete Plans

Contour Crafting’s 3-D printers may help form a new future for home building.

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Jakks Pacific Renews Licensing Deal for Power Rangers Costumes

Santa Monica-based toymaker Jakks Pacific Inc. announced that it had extended its licensing agreement with Century City-based Saban Brands, owner of the Power Rangers franchise.

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Faraday Future Signs Lease on Central Valley Manufacturing Facility

Torrance-based electric car maker Faraday Future has inked a deal on a 1 million-square-foot manufacturing facility in the Central Valley, the company announced Monday.

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West Coast Dockworkers Extend Contract Until 2022

West Coast longshore workers at 29 ports along California, Oregon and Washington officially ratified a three-year contract extension with the Pacific Maritime Association on Friday.

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Auto Parts Maker Deals for EV Edge

Motorcar Parts of America steers toward the electric-vehicle market with recent acquisition.

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Beverage Investor Pins Hopes on Hard Stuff

First Beverage Group may spike new fund with alcoholic drink makers.

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American Apparel Clothes to Be Sold Retail Through Ecommerce Site

The American Apparel brand is returning to retail. Canadian apparel maker Gildan Activewear Inc., which purchased the bankrupt downtown clothing manufacturer’s intellectual property for $88 million in February, plans to sell some of American Apparel’s classic items through its former ecommerce site starting Aug. 14, Gildan said in a news release.

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Electric Bus Maker Gets $66 Million MTA Contract

Downtown-based BYD Motors has nabbed a $66 million contract with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority to build 60 new electric buses for the agency’s bus fleet.

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