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Alleyoop Right on Time

Cosmetics startup connects with consumers

Leila Kashani did not have the Covid-19 shutdown in mind when she founded Alleyoop Inc.

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A ‘Better Than Expected’ April for Ports of LA, LB

But lower volumes are projected in second quarter

Terminal operators and dockworkers at the Port of Long Beach moved 519,730 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of cargo last month, a 17.3% decline compared to April 2019.

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Alameda Pipe Is Acquired by JD Fields

Gardena steel products maker will retain name

Gardena-based Alameda Pipe & Steel Co. has a new owner.

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OSI Systems Sees Gains for 2020

Positive outlook for medical monitoring device maker

While most local manufacturers are refraining from providing revenue guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic, Hawthorne-based OSI Systems Inc. is pleased with the outlook for 2020.

Life in the Slow Lane

Manufacturers like Honda are grappling with ways to move forward

American Honda Motor Co. Inc. this week reopened its 12 manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada after a six-week shutdown that prompted the Torrance-based automaker to furlough some 14,000 factory workers.

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Oil Price Drop Hits Businesses

Companies close wells and slash production

The sudden collapse in oil prices has roiled the local oil industry, prompting producers to start shutting down wells, oil well service companies to lay off staff and refineries to reduce operations.

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SpaceX Sets Date for First Manned Launch

NASA announces launch date for manned SpaceX flight to the International Space Station.

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Brands Churn Out Masks

Toy, garment makers pitch in

Last month’s shutdown of all nonessential retail businesses has halted or slowed operations at manufacturing plants across Los Angeles County, so they're reconfiguring their production to make protective equipment that’s currently in short supply.

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Ports See Significant Traffic Decline

March cargo volume plunges 31% at Port of LA, dips 6% at Long Beach

Cargo volume at both local ports was down as expected in March, but the Port of Los Angeles experienced a more severe dip in traffic.

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SpaceX Cargo Capsule Returns from Space Station

SpaceX completes its 20th commercial resupply service mission.

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Hearthy Offers Healthy Fare

Alternative flour maker sees gains in market

The recent shortage of all-purpose flour has forced some consumers to reach for Hearthy Foods’ non-grain options.

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Sanitizer Production Boosts Local Distillers

Businesses race to keep up with demand

For L.A. distillers, a quick pivot to producing hand sanitizer instead of crafting small-batch spirits made civic and, they hope, business sense.

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Workers Keep Ports Active

Cargo flow continues amid precautions at LA, LB

While most businesses nationwide are temporarily closing or asking employees to work from home, thousands of workers in San Pedro Bay continue transferring containers off and on cargo ships.

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American Honda Posts Sales Gains

But February increase still lags competitors

New-vehicle sales at American Honda Motor Co. Inc. totaled 120,006 cars and light trucks in February, a 4.2% increase compared to the same period last year.

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Lakin Tire Is Acquired

Pittsburgh-based company buys rubber recycling firm

Pittsburgh-based Liberty Tire Recycling has acquired Lakin Tire, based in Santa Fe Springs.