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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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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