And the Winner Is…

Two L.A. manufacturing companies have won awards for their latest innovative products.

Icon Aircraft in Marina del Rey won the top prize in transportation product design for its first plane, the Icon A5, in the 2009 International Design Excellence Awards program sponsored by the Industrial Designers Society of America. The amphibious plane was designed by Icon along with help from Nissan Design America and the Pasadena-based Art Center College of Design.

Advanced Cleanup Technologies Inc. of Rancho Dominguez, a hazardous waste management company, won a Clean Air Award for improving air pollution technology from the South Coast Air Quality Management District. The company won for its patented Advanced Maritime Emissions Control system, a sophisticated air filter that is fitted on a ship’s stack and cuts emissions 90 percent.

Making Moves

Gene Bougdanos has joined infrastructure firm HNTB Corp. as a vice president and practice builder in the downtown L.A. office. He was most recently vice president of architectural, engineering and consulting firm HDR Inc.’s downtown L.A. office. … Superior Industries International Inc., a Van Nuys supplier of aluminum wheels to automakers, said its chief financial officer, Erika Turner, has resigned effective this Friday. The company’s vice president and corporate controller, Emil “Bud” Fanelli, has been named acting chief financial officer while a permanent replacement is sought … Northrop Grumman Corp. has named Edward M. Swallow vice president of business development for the information systems sector’s civil systems division. Swallow joined Northrop in 2001 and had been vice president of business acquisition process and proposal operations for the information systems sector.

Building Talk

A breakfast and workshop debating the future of manufacturing in California will be held 8 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday by the L.A. chapter of the British American Business Council at Lawry’s Prime Rib in Beverly Hills. For more information, visit or call (310) 312-1962.

Staff reporter Francisco Vara-Orta can be reached at or (323) 549-5225, ext. 241.


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