Stories by Shwanika
Founder, Wolfgang Puck Worldwide Inc.
Celebrity chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck did not finish high school, but from an early age – 14 to be exact – he knew he wanted to be a chef.
Kitchen United offers existing restaurants space, help on delivery services
Commercial kitchen intended to help brick-and-mortar restaurants get into the delivery game.
Alfred Osborne, associate senior dean of external affairs and a professor at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, has been tapped as the school’s interim dean starting July 1, the school announced on May 22.
Video game publisher Blizzard Entertainment Inc., signed Hasbro Inc. as its master toy licensor for its Overwatch franchise, the company announced May 22.
Conference chance to normalize relations amid Trump’s tough trade talk
Dedicate discussions at California-China Summit.
RESTAURANTS: Signs point to trend of younger franchisees
It’s no surprise that the Business Journal’s list of the top restaurant chains is again dominated by fast-food and fast-casual restaurants – concepts based on large-scale operations.
Differential Brands Group Inc. has named Maria Borromeo president for its Hudson Jeans brand, the company announced May 16.
Pelican Products, makers of protective cases for a range of products, is sponsoring a pilot program that will bring six UK-based entrepreneurs to the company’s headquarters in Torrance for training this fall.
The Port of Long Beach saw a 10.8 percent increase in cargo movement for the month of April compared to the same time last year. Port of L.A. on the other hand, recorded a decline.
Calls for warning label on synthetic clothing
Legislation to require warning labels on garments made of synthetic fabric draws ire of apparel makers.
Beyond Meat, makers of plant-based meat substitute products, announced its plan to enter the global market beginning this summer.
Tourists visiting Los Angeles County pumped a record-setting $22.7 billion into the local economy last year, the L.A. Tourism and Convention Board announced on May 7.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District moved a step closer in regulating pollution stemming from trucks by focusing on a different sector of the cargo movement supply chain: warehouses.
FOOD PROCESSING: Relocates 150 employees; partners with aquarium on education
Chicken of the Sea International, providers of canned seafood products, moved its North American headquarters to El Segundo from San Diego, the company announced last week.
Organizations to host trade-related events throughout month
The business community in L.A. County, which set the pace on World Trade Week nearly 100 years ago, is getting set for the latest annual celebration.
An L.A.-based company was included on a list of 50 fastest-growing, women-owned business, as ranked by the non-profit Women Presidents’ Organization.
Chicken of the Sea International, providers of canned seafood products, moved its North American headquarters from San Diego to El Segundo, the company announced May 2.
Century City-based Saban Brands, creators of the live-action Power Rangers children’s show, agreed to sell the brand to Hasbro Inc. for $522 million, the companies announced May 1.
Combined company worth estimated $1.5B
Beverly Hills-based Platinum Equity’s portfolio company, Interior Logic Group, announced its merger with competitor Interior Specialist Inc. on May 1. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
MANUFACTURING: More than 200 employees could be out of jobs
Two furniture manufacturers in Los Angeles are shutting their factory doors, according to notices issued by the companies last month to a state agency.
MANUFACTURING: Former YouTube studio exec Kreiz follows Google vet
Mattel Inc.’s fourth chief executive in four years officially took the helm of the company last Thursday.
Port of Long Beach terminal at center of deal under review by little-known Committee on Foreign Investment
Shipping line’s pending acquisition of competitor could get thwarted should it include local seaport terminal.
Shares of toymaker Mattel Inc. rose 4 percent after the company beat analyst expectations for its first quarter earnings announced April 26.
Private equity firm Highview Capital’s first portfolio company, American Plastics, has acquired two Ohio-based manufacturing companies, the company announced on April 18. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
U.S. regulators have reportedly raised concerns about China-based Cosco Shipping taking control of a container terminal at the Port of Long Beach as part of its $6.3 billion acquisition of another shipping line, the Wall Street Journal reported on April 20.
The L.A. Board of Airport Commissioners approved a $23.7 million purchase of new 60-foot electric buses that will be used to transport passengers between terminals on the airfield.
More charging stations, car-sharing programs on tap
EVgo positions its electric car charging business to meet L.A. demand, strikes deal with GM
Peatos gets shelf space at 1,700 locations; deal with Safeway expected
Healthy snack maker Snack It Forward lands deal with Kroger.
TRADE: Macquarie commits to longer view
The proposed $130M staging facility at the Port of L.A. could ease container traffic congestion.
Toymaker Mattel Inc. announced April 19 that its chief executive officer, Margo Georgiadis, is leaving the company to take up the top executive position at Ancestry, a consumer genomics company.
PierPass Inc., a not-for-profit organization created by terminal operators at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, is replacing its pricing model and implementing an appointment-based system for container pickups, the entity announced on April 16.
The number of cargo containers moved in the first quarter of 2018 was similar at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach but compared to the same period last year, one port set a record while the other saw a decline.
Westwood-based Provenance, a private equity firm, closed a “significant minority investment” in menswear brand Knot Standard, the companies announced April 9. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
FINANCE: Private equity assets rise 22% to $141B
L.A.’s investment community brokered several large and noteworthy deals last year.
Mayor’s office intends to boost industry in region; virtual advice in store
Nonprofit Make it in LA aims to help companies manufacture locally.
Repurpose Inc. makes line of tableware from sugarcane stock, other plant-based byproducts
Lauren Gropper’s career was rooted in environmental design, so founding and running a compostable tableware company was a natural evolution – but not a straight line.
Company looks to California as market leader, moves headquarters to L.A
Competition is charging up among makers of electric vehicle charging stations.
The local twin port complexes set new records for cargo movement in the month of February, both ports announced on March 13.
FOOD: Culver City-based syrup maker adds 3 chains to national distribution lineup
D’Vash is part of a growing group of firms finding fresh uses for “ugly fruit.”
Cover Technologies’ new service sorts requirements for accessory structures
A Gardena company is giving homeowners easy access to city of L.A. building codes.
Alhambra Foundry Company Ltd., manufacturer of metal works for the construction industry, was fined $283,390 by the state for an accident that amputated an employee’s legs.
Richard Lie has been appointed president and chief executive of Los Angeles Federal Credit Union.
TechStyle adds brick-and-mortar channel to e-commerce base
TechStyle wants to bring e-tail tech tactics to brick-and-mortar retail.
The Shrimp Lover #1 Inc., a seafood restaurant in Hollywood, has been fined almost $520,000 in wage theft violations by the state’s Labor Commissioner’s office.
Company extends deal for STEM-related toys on heels of dismal holiday, Q4
Mattel is banking on WWE action figures and STEM-themed educational toys.
Clean Energy Fuels Corp. is now the exclusive provider of cleaner fuels for Harbor Trucking Association’s 100-member trucking companies, the organizations announced on Feb. 21.
In a bid to tackle homelessness, the Los Angeles City Council announced on Feb. 21 that it had created a city-wide initiative to create a minimum of 3,300 supportive housing units.
Downtown-based Guess Inc. announced Feb. 20 that co-founder Paul Marciano had stepped down from his daily duties due to an on-going investigation of sexual harassment claims by model and actress Kate Upton.
Jakks Pacific Inc. will launch a collection of “technologically advanced and interactive” magic wands based on the “Harry Potter” films thanks to a partnership between the toymaker and Warner Brothers.
Online discount store Hollar Inc. recently has deployed 100 “picker robots” to help with automating fulfillment services at its Commerce warehouse.