Revved Up: JMPR, a Woodland Hills public relations firm with a history of working with automotive clients and luxury car brands, has been hired to handle media and communications for the L.A. Auto Show. JMPR will be charged with raising the profile of the annual car showcase at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as well as the inaugural edition of sister event Connected Car Expo. The Auto Show will run Nov. 22 to Dec. 1; the expo will run Nov. 19-21.



Outsourcing Pickups: Gores Group, a Westwood investment firm, will acquire three outsourcing services units from Davis + Henderson Corp., a Toronto-based provider of financial services. The businesses focus on outsourcing, coupon and rebate processing, and real estate software. These units will become part of newly formed Millennium Process Group Inc., based in East Mall, Ontario, with the current management teams expected to stay on. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Software Salute: Virtual Piggy Inc., a Santa Monica creator of an e-commerce system that allows kids to shop online within parent-set parameters, has won an award for best commerce solution from the Software & Information Industry Association, a Washington trade association.



Charged Up: AeroVironment Inc., a Monrovia maker of charging stations for electric vehicles as well as unmanned aerial vehicles, has been selected to install home charging stations by Ford Motor Co. AeroVironment will supply charging station for drivers of Ford’s Focus Electric, C-Max Energi and Tusion Energi vehicles. Drivers pay about $1,000 for the chargers.


Warehouse Expansion: Port Logistics Group, a Houston-based shipping company, has added more than 1.1 million square feet to its retail distribution campus in the City of Industry. Port Logistics has added a 350,000-square-foot facility on Rowland Street and a 775,000-square-foot facility on Mayo Avenue at the campus.



Public Offering: Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc., Pasadena real estate investment trust focused on the life sciences industry, has priced a public offering of 6.6 million shares of common stock at $73.50. The offering was expected to close May 17. The company intends initially to use net proceeds from this offering to reduce the outstanding balance on its unsecured line of credit.

On the Road: Jacobs Engineering Services Group Inc., a Pasadena-based engineering services firm, has earned a contract valued at $6 million from the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The contract calls for Jacobs to provide managing environmental and preliminary engineering services for nine miles of roadway in Austin.



Industrial Purchase: Tashdjian Holdings LLC has acquired a downtown L.A. industrial building for $4.1 million from an entity controlled by Surjit P. Soni. The 42,975-square-foot building on 1.6 acres at 620 Gladys Ave. was built in 1965.

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