Mediha DiMartino

Staff Reporter

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

Phone: 949-813-7384

Recent Stories

Kitchen United Acquires Zuul Kitchens

Kitchen United Inc. announced it has acquired a competitor, New York City-based Zuul Kitchens Inc., on undisclosed terms.

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Fisker Launches EV Development Division in the UK

Fisker Inc. is launching a specialty vehicle engineering and development division in the United Kingdom to be led by David King, former chief special operations officer at Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd.

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Vernon Logistics Company Lays Off Hundreds in Split From Amazon

QX Logistix Inc. in Vernon is divesting from its Amazon delivery business to concentrate on warehousing, ecommerce fulfillment and transportation.

Stimulus Funding Drives Record Orders of Classroom Furniture

A Torrance-based school furniture-maker, contending with a record order backlog, said stimulus funding is driving a substantial increase in spending on furniture and equipment for schools.

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Kroger to Hire 2,000 in and Around LA County

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Kroger Co., one of the largest supermarket chain in the country by revenue, has nearly 500,000 employees in the United States. About 14,600 of them work at the 144 Ralphs and Food 4 Less grocery stores in L.A. County and at the company’s local manufacturing and distribution centers, and corporate offices.

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How the LA Ports Plan to Ease Congestion Ahead of Holiday Shopping

Joe Falzarano, owner of Huzzah Toys in Venice Beach, met last week with a sales rep from Hawthorne-based Bruder Toys America Inc. to place orders for the busy fourth quarter shopping period. But the pickings were slim.

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Honda Calls EV Tax Credit Bill ‘Unfair’

The bill would expand the consumer EV tax credit and provide an additional $4,500 for vehicles made by union labor.

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Local Retailers Report Big Funding Raises

Several local companies serving the manufacturing and retail sectors kicked off September with new funding rounds.

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Troy Products Acquires Prisoner Transport Systems

Troy Sheet Metal Works Inc., d.b.a. Troy Products, said it acquired Prisoner Transport Systems from Quality Plastics Inc., based in Sparks, Nev.

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LA Ports Still Clogged With Cargo Imports

With some 60 container cargo ships idling at the entrance of the port complex last week, traffic congestion in the San Pedro Bay shows no signs of letting up.

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