Mediha DiMartino

Staff Reporter

Mediha DiMartino covers retail, manufacturing and the ports. She can be reached at

Phone: 949-813-7384

Recent Stories

Mattel Blows Past Earnings Expectations

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

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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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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Lemonade Signs Up for CloudKitchens Space

CloudKitchens, a Pico-Union-based operator of several shared commercial kitchen locations, has a new tenant — El Segundo-based Lemonade Restaurant Group.

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YogaWorks Files for Bankruptcy

YogaWorks Inc., citing pandemic-related studio closures, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Oct. 15, with its secured-debt holder Serene Investment Management as a stalking horse bidder.

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Halloween Businesses Brace for a Scary Season

When the state’s Department of Public Health “strongly discouraged” trick-or-treating last week, it put a damper on already weak Halloween spending.

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Wave of Bankruptcies Washes Over LA Businesses

Impresa Aerospace is the latest of more than a half-dozen large companies in Los Angeles County that have filed for bankruptcy this year.

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Wonderful Co. Sets Up $1 Million Waste Challenge

West Los Angeles-based agriculture giant Wonderful Co. is offering $1 million to biomass innovators who can figure out the best way to reuse 50,000 tons of pomegranate husks.

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8 OVER 80: Nedjatollah Harounian, 81

Nedjatollah Harounian can’t wait to get back to work. But for now, his Melrose Avenue footwear store, Palais Des Modes, remains shuttered — looters set it on fire during social justice protests on May 30.

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