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LA and Long Beach Ports Still Playing Catch-Up, Despite Record September

The San Pedro Bay ports notched another record month in September, largely due to make-up shipments that were stalled by the pandemic earlier this year.

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Mattel Blows Past Earnings Expectations

Mattel Inc. beat Wall Street expectations and then some in the third quarter.

Terminal Operator Fenix Marine Finds Smooth Sailing at Ports

While most of the terminals at the San Pedro Bay are struggling to keep up with a recent influx of traffic, Fenix Marine Services just added a new carrier to its roster of clients.

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PPE Maker Moldex-Metric Plans Factory in Tennessee

Moldex-Metric Inc., a Culver City-based manufacturer of hearing and respiratory protection equipment, is expanding operations to Lebanon, Tenn.

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Slingshot Lands Space Force Contract

El Segundo-based startup Slingshot Aerospace has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Space Force.

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CalScrew Is Acquired by Avantus Aerospace

California Screw Products Corp., a Paramount-based manufacturer of commercial and military aerospace products, has been acquired by Avantus Aerospace Inc.

How See’s Candy Is Adapting to the Covid Era

A sweet sorrow overtook the city’s chocolate lovers when news broke in late March that See’s Candy Shops Inc. was suspending operations for only the second time in a century.

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Teuscher Adapts to Chocolate in the Time of Covid

Beverly Hills Teuscher Chocolates of Switzerland, a well-known local purveyor of gourmet chocolate, has managed to adjust to Covid-19 concerns.

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SpaceX Launches New Batch of Starlink Satellites

SpaceX launched 60 more Starlink satellites, bringing the program's number of orbiting satellites to 773.

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Fisker Revs Up Facilities, Funding Ahead of Ocean SUV Launch

Fisker Inc., a Torrance-based electric vehicle startup, plans to open an engineering and technology center in San Francisco’s Mission District.

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OSI Systems Wins $44 Million in Contracts

September is off to a good start at Hawthorne-based OSI Systems Inc.

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8minute Solar Signs Another Major Deal

Mid-Wilshire-based 8minute Solar Energy has secured its third recent deal to build a major solar power generation and storage plant in the Central Valley.

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LA, Long Beach Ports Report Big Gains for August

The busy season at the San Pedro Bay Port Complex is off to a good start, with both ports reporting cargo volume increases for August.

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Honda, GM Team Up on Electric Vehicles

Honda Motor Co. Ltd., which has its U.S. headquarters in Torrance, and Detroit-based General Motors Co. have formed a North American alliance to develop shared electric vehicle platforms and propulsion systems.

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Rocket Lab Makes Successful Return to Flight

Long Beach-based Rocket Lab USA Inc. made a successful return to flight on Aug. 30 following a failed mission in July.

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